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Earth Sciences & Geography - Oceanography | Tsunami and Nonlinear Waves

Tsunami and Nonlinear Waves

Kundu, Anjan (Ed.)

2007, XIII, 315 p. 170 illus.

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  • Includes specific measurements data from the 2004 tsunami, with emphasis on the nature of the waves themselves and their links to nonlinear phenomena
  • Nonlinear dynamics and integrable systems are used to develop new concepts for more accurate prediction

This work is represents a major contribution to a globally important area of study.

The need for tsunami research and analysis has grown dramatically following the devastating tsunami of December 2004, which affected Southern Asia.

Ever since that multinational disaster, which claimed tens of thousands of lives, there have been calls for more accurate methods of predicting the behaviour of tsunamis. Thus, the more research information that finds its way into the public domain, the better.

This book pursues a detailed theoretical and mathematical analysis of the fundamentals of tsunamis, especially the evolution and dynamics of tsunamis and other great waves.

Of course, it includes specific measurement results from the 2004 tsunami, but the emphasis is very much on the nature of the waves themselves and their links to nonlinear phenomena.

Throughout, methods of nonlinear dynamics and integrable systems are employed to develop novel concepts for more accurate prediction and hence the reduction of related impacts.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Earthquake - Indian Ocean - Nonlinear Wave - Ocean - Tsunami - control of oceanic hazards - dynamcis of oceanic waves - dynamics - nonlinear dynamics - prediction - waves

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity - Earth Sciences & Geography - Geophysics & Geodesy - Oceanography - Paleoenvironmental Sciences

Table of contents 

Propagation.- Waves in shallow water, with emphasis on the tsunami of 2004.- Integrable Nonlinear Wave Equations and Possible Connections to Tsunami Dynamics.- Solitary waves propagating over variable topography.- Water waves generated by a moving bottom.- Tsunami surge in a river: a hydraulic jump in an inhomogeneous channel.- On the modelling of huge water waves called rogue waves.- Numerical Verification of the Hasselmann equation.- Source & Run up.- Runup of nonlinear asymmetric waves on a plane beach.- Tsunami Runup in Lagrangian Description.- Analytical and numerical models for tsunami run-up.- Large waves caused by oceanic impacts of meteorites.- Retracing the tsunami rays.- Modeling and visualization of tsunamis: Mediterranean examples.- Characterization of Potential Tsunamigenic Earthquake Source Zones in the Indian Ocean.- Erratum.

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