Short Course on Tsunami Hazards and Modelling

Pavia, 25-29 May 2009

The objectives of this short course are to provide graduate students, both at MS and PhD levels, with basic knowledge of tsunamis and their damaging effects on the coasts and on the coastal structures, and on the possible countermeasures one can adopt to reduce their disastrous impact.

The course touches all the aspects of tsunamis, from theory to applications providing a full, though elementary, view of this natural process. The course deals with the most relevant tsunami causes from earthquakes and landslides to volcanic caldera collapses and, very infrequent, asteroid impacts. Numerical methods for tsunami modelling are also presented and discussed, since numerical simulation is today's one of the most important tools for tsunami analysis, in view of the scarcity of tsunami observational data. Special attention is devoted to tsunami hazard evaluation methods and how to hazard one goes to vulnerability and risk analyses. Further main topic of the course is the mitigation of tsunami impact through Tsunami Early Warning Systems and long-term policies, touching the issues of tsunami forecasting and detection

The course alternates theoretical lessons with the discussion of historical and recently occurred cases that serve the purpose to better illustrate and exemplify the theoretical themes as well as to provide up-to-date field data that are object of the on-going applied research.

The course is taught by Stefano Tinti (University of Bologna, Italy), who is a member of the International Tsunami Commission (IUGG) and is the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the implementation of the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Tsunami Warning System (ICG/NEAMTWS). Professor Tinti has extensive experience in the study of tsunamis, in numerical modelling of the tsunami waves, in assessing tsunami hazards and risk, and in tsunami early warning systems.

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