Modeling and visualization of tsunamis

Huai Zhang, Yaolin Shi, David A. Yuen, Zhenzhen Yan, Xiaoru Yuan, Chaofan Zhang

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Modeling tsunami wave propagation is a very challenging numerical task, because it involves many facets: Such as the formation of various types of waves and the impingement of these waves on the coast. We will discuss the different levels of approximations made in numerical modeling of 2-D and 3-D tsunami waves and their relative difficulties. In this paper new attempts are proposed to evaluate the hazards of tsunami's and visualization of large-scale numerical results generated from tsunami simulations. Specialized low-level computer language, based on a parallel computing environment, is also employed here for generating FORTRAN source code for finite elements. This code can then be run very efficiently in parallel on distributed computing systems. We will also discuss the need to study tsunami waves with modern software and visualization hardware.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-496
Number of pages22
JournalPure and Applied Geophysics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China under Grant Numbers 40474038, 40374038 and by the National Basic Research Program of China under Grant Number 2004cb418406 and and U.S. National Science Foundation under the ITR and EAR programs. This work was conducted as part of the visualization working group at the laboratory of computational geodynamics supported by the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. We thank Shi Chen and Shaolin Chen as members of the visualization working group who provided some of the figures. We thank Mark S. Wang for technical assistance.


  • Parallel simulation environment
  • Tsunami
  • Visualization
  • Wave propagation


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