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AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting 2006


AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting 2006

Moscone Center West, 800 Howard Street San Francisco, CA, USA

11th – 15th December, 2006


  • Brady Rhodes
  • Martitia Tuttle
  • Ben Horton

PP11: Paleotsunami Research

The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26th December 2004 demonstrated that catastrophic tsunamis cannot be predicted by historical records alone. Telltale deposits left by tsunamis provide opportunities to assess tsunami hazards more fully. Such paleotsunami deposits help assess water depth and velocity of past inundations, estimate source locations, and aid in understanding how tsunamis affect the ecology and geomorphology of coastlines. Dated deposits allow estimates of times and recurrence intervals of past tsunamis. Such information guides mitigation efforts and may reduce losses from future tsunamis. Coupled with contemporaneous seismogenic features, tsunami deposits can help to assess seismic hazards. For this session, we invite abstracts on all aspects of paleotsunami research, including, but not limited to analyses of newly discovered deposits, new methods for analysing and dating paleotsunami deposits, advances in the modeling of paleotsunamis, and comparisons of modern and paleotsunami deposits.