UW Tsunami Modeling Group Modeling Projects and Reports

This page contains a summary of some past, present, and potential projects on tsunami modeling and hazard assessment by the UW Tsunami Modeling Group. Most of this work is done using the GeoClaw software developed by this group and our collaborators, which is distributed as part of the open source Clawpack software.

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Projects for Washington State

The projects listed below were performed for the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD), Division of Natural Resources (DNR), and/or other local jurisdictions.

NTHMP Benchmarking

Projects on Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment (PTHA)

Comparisons of GeoClaw and observations for historical events

Flow around buildings

Earthquake/Tsunami Early Warning

We are developing a coupled seismic/tsunami modeling code with some funding from the Moore Foundation grant to explore the potential benefits of an off-shore cabled network for early warning. See the Early Warning Offshore Cascadia Project webpage for more details. We are also interested in studying the potential for better real-time warning at points on the Strait and in Puget Sound, where there are several hours between the earthquake and the arrival of the tsunami. In particular, we believe that ocean bottom pressure sensors near the entrance to the Strait might be extremely effective in determining the in-coming tsunami.

Tsunami Forecasting and Machine Learning

Recent work on these topics has been funded in part by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan for collaboration with researchers at IRIDeS, and by a CICOES Fellowship for collaboration with the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research.

Student theses