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Title: Waves and tsunamis
Authors: Coelho, Carlos
Rossetto, Tiziana
Allsop, William
Keywords: Tsunami damage -- Risk assessment
Waves -- Simulation methods
Tsunamis -- Simulation methods
Tsunami resistant design
Coastal engineering
Coast changes
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of Building & Civil Engineering
Citation: Coelho, C., Rossetto, T., & Allsop, W. (2008). Waves and tsunamis. In Mazzolani, F. M., Mistakidis, E., Borg, R. P., Byfield, M., De Matteis, G., Dubina.,..Wang, Y. (Eds.), Urban habitat constructions under catastrophic events: COST Action C26 (pp. 383-388). Malta: University of Malta. Dept. of Building & Civil Engineering.
Abstract: ▪ Coasts are some of the most rapidly changing places on earth. Understanding the natural adjustments that occur between coastal landforms and the processes that influence them is essential for the better management of coastal resources, reducing catastrophic scenarios in these urban areas.
▪ Energetic sea actions (waves, tides and currents) play a major role in the natural dynamic of coastal zones. These dynamic processes can lead to local or more widespread coastal erosion, with land loss, that can be critical along some frontages, especially in a medium to long term (Figure 1).
▪ Human intervention can reduce the severity and/or extent of coastal erosion, for example by coastal protection measures, but can also increase erosion, e.g. down-drift of obstructions to long-shore drift along the shoreline. Increased urbanization at the coast increases risks of loss due to wave actions generated by storms (including cyclones and hurricanes) or by tsunami (Figure 2).
ISBN: 9789990944402
Appears in Collections:Urban habitat constructions under catastrophic events : COST Action C26

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