Meteotsunamis

Approach and Motivation

When people think of tsunamis, most think of earthquake-generated tsunamis like the one that occurred in the Indian Ocean in 2004. Earthquake-generated tsunamis account for approximately 85% of tsunamis. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that meteorologically-generated tsunami type waves known as meteotsunamis may pose a greater threat to more people (1). This is because they are not driven by geological forces that only exist in certain locations, but rather by geographical and meteorological forces that can happen in far greater places. The goal of our project is to investigate the history and trends of meteotsunamis, estimate their potential power and judge whether one could happen in the Great Lakes.

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Contact Information:
Evan Thomas - emthomas@wisc.edu
Graham Ryan - gmryan@wisc.edu