Tsunami

Speaker: Harvey Segur, University of Colorado-Boulder

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Owens Science Center's 3M Auditorium (OWS 150)

Abstract

People around the world know more about tsunami than they did ten years ago, because of two events: a tsunami in 2004 that killed more than 200,000 people living along the coastlines of the Indian Ocean; and another tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands more in Japan and created a nuclear disaster that is still unfolding. This talk has three parts.  The purpose of the first part is to explain the basic dynamics of tsunami generation, propagation and evolution.  This part can be understood with almost no mathematics.  The second part explores how current tsunami warning systems work, what works well and what needs improvement.  The final part focuses on what can be done to save lives and minimize damage from tsunami.  Some of this work appeared in a paper by Arcas & Segur in Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. London370, pp. 1505-1542, 2012

People around the world know more about tsunami than they did ten years ago, because of two events: a tsunami in 2004 that killed more than 200,000 people living along the coastlines of the Indian Ocean; and another tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands more in Japan and created a nuclear disaster that is still unfolding. This talk has three parts.  The purpose of the first part is to explain the basic dynamics of tsunami generation, propagation and evolution.  This part can be understood with almost no mathematics.  The second part explores how current tsunami warning systems work, what works well and what needs improvement.  The final part focuses on what can be done to save lives and minimize damage from tsunami.  Some of this work appeared in a paper by Arcas & Segur in Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. London370, pp. 1505-1542, 2012

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