Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, 2002
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, 1997

Dr. Hermann Fritz is an associate professor of civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is an expert on tsunamis and coastal hazards, such as hurricane storm surges and submarine landslides, as well as their mitigation and coastal protection. Dr. Fritz has led or participated in more than a dozen post-disaster reconnaissance campaigns encompassing tsunami, hurricane, landslide, and earthquake events.

Tsunami Surveys: 2004 Indian Ocean (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Somalia, Madagascar, Oman, Yemen, Comoros), 2006 Java, 2007 Solomon Islands and Peru, 2009 Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga, 2010 Solomon Islands, Haiti, Chile, and Mentawai Islands, 2011 Japan, 2012 El Salvador, 2013 Solomon Islands, 2014 Chile.
Hurricane Surveys: 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2007 Tropical Cyclone Gonu (Oman), 2008 Tropical Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar), 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines), 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu).
Dr. Fritz's research centers on fluid dynamic aspects of natural hazards such as tsunamis, hurricane storm surges and landslides as well as their mitigation and coastal protection. Dr. Fritz obtained his Doctorate degree (Dr. Sc. Techn. ETH) in 2002 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland).
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Tsunamis, bores, non-linear and breaking waves
  • Subaerial and submarine landslides and oceanic volcano island collapses
  • Hurricane storm surges and coastal flooding Hydropower
  • Wave and tidal energy Hydraulic, coastal, marine and offshore structures
  • River engineering
  • Sediment transport and morphologic processes
  • Advanced whole field multi-dimensional laser measurement techniques
  • Numerical simulation of multiphase flows
  • Natural hazard mitigation and risk analysis
  • Natural and man-made hazards

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 04/2014. 2014 Plinius Medal, Natural Hazards Division, European Geoscience Union (EGU), Munich, Germany
  • 10/1995 Swiss Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers best officer school graduate 1995
  • 11/2014. Thank a Teacher certificate, Student Government Association (SGA), Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. (“In appreciation of your teaching style and dedication to helping students learn in CEE3040”)
  • 04/2014. 2014 Plinius Medal, Natural Hazards Division, European Geosciences Union (EGU, Munich, Germany) received at EGU General Assembly 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
  • 11/2013. Thank a Teacher certificate, Student Government Association (SGA), Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. (“In appreciation of your teaching style and dedication to helping students learn in CEE3040”)
  • 05/2006. 2005 Research Excellence Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah, GA, USA.
  • 04/2006. 2005 Excellence in Research Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Rabinovich, A.B., Geist, E.L., Fritz, H.M., Borrero, J.C. (2015). Introduction to “Tsunami Science: Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Volume 1”. Pure Appl. Geophys., (accepted).
  • Wei, Y., Fritz, H.M., Titov, V., Uslu, B., Chamberlin, C., Kalligeris, N. (2015). Source Models and Near-Field Impact of the 1 April 2007 Solomon Islands Tsunami, Pure Appl. Geophys., (online first), doi:0.1007/s00024-014-1013-6.
  • Yang, X., Haas, K.A., Fritz, H.M., French, S.P., Shi, X., Neary, V.S., Gunawan, B. (2015). National Geodatabase of Ocean Current Power Resource in USA, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Rev., 44(4):496–507, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.01.007.
  • Kakar, D., G. Naeem, A. Usman, H. Hasan, H. Lohdi, S. Srinivasalu, V. Andrade, C. Rajendran, A. Beni, M. Hamzeh, G. Hoffmann, N. Al Balushi, N. Gale, A. Kodijat, H. Fritz, and B. Atwater (2014). Elders Recall and Earlier Tsunami on Indian Ocean Shores, Eos. Trans. AGU, 95(51):485–486, December 23 Cover Article, doi:10.1002/2014EO510002.
  • Rabinovich, A.B., Borrero, J.C. and Fritz, H.M. (2014). Introduction to “Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean: 2011-2012”. Pure Appl. Geophys., 171(12):3175-3182, doi:10.1007/s00024-014-0894-8.
BOOKS
  • Fritz, H.M., Blount, C.D., Thwin, S., Thu, M.K., Chan, N. (2010). Cyclone Nargis Storm Surge Flooding in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River delta. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 295-303. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Fritz, H.M, C.D., Blount, F.B. Albusaidi, A.H.M. Al-Harthy (2010). Cyclone Gonu Storm Surge in the Gulf of Oman. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 255-263. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Blount, C.D., H.M. Fritz, A.H.M. Al-Harthy (2010). Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Based on Historic Tropical Cyclones in the Arabian Sea. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 207-214. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Mohammed, F., H.M. Fritz (2010). Experiments on tsunamis generated by 3D granular landslides, D.C. Mosher et al. (eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, 4th Intl. Symposium, Series: Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 28:705-718, Springer, New York. ISBN 978-90-481-3070-2.
  • Fritz, H.M. (2006). Physical modeling of landslide generated tsunami. In: A. Mercado-Irizarry and P.L.-F. Liu (eds) Caribbean Tsunami Hazard. World Scientific, Singapore, 308-324.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Fritz, H.M., D.A. Phillips, A. Okayasu, T. Shimozono, H. Liu, S. Takeda, F. Mohammed, V. Skanavis, C.E. Synolakis, and T. Takahashi (2014). 2011 Tohoku tsunami runup hydrographs, ship tracks, upriver and overland flow velocities based on video, LiDAR and AIS measurements, Abstract S13E-08 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15–19 December 2014.
  • McFall, B.C., Fritz, H.M., Horrillo, J., Mohammed, F. (2014). Tsunamis generated by 3D deformable landslides in various scenarios: laboratory experiments and numerical modeling, Abstract NH12A-06 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15–19 December 2014.
  • Lagos, M., Fritz (2014). Field survey of the 1 April 2014 Iquique tsunami along the coasts of Chile and Peru, Abstract S21A-4398 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15–19 December 2014.
  • Soria, J.L.A., Switzer, A.D., Villanoy, C.L., Fritz, H.M., Bilegra, P.H.T., Cabrera, O.C., Siringan, F.P., Maria, Y.Y.-S., Ramos, R.D., Fernandez, I.Q. (2014). Repeat storm surge disasters of Typhoon Haiyan and its 1897 predecessor in the Philippines, Abstract NH53A-3860 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 December 2014.
  • Fritz, H.M. (2014). Recent Tsunami Observations in the Pacific Ocean, Experiments and their Implications, presented at 7th South China Sea Tsunami Workshop (SCSTW-7), Taichung, Taiwan, 21 November 2014. (invited keynote)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Physical Modeling of Tsunamis generated by 3D granular Landslides in various Scenarios from Fjords to Conical Islands”, Workshop on Tsunamis due to subaerial and submarine landslides, Challenges and Directions Forward, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway (01/22/2015). (Invited)
  • “Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Coastal Structures”, UNESCO-IOC: ICG CARIBE EWS WG2 Experts Meeting Tsunami Hazard, DIMAR, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (12/02/2014). (invited in Spanish)
  • “Post-Tsunami Field Survey”, UNESCO-IOC: ICG IV CARIBE EWS short course on sea level station installation, maintenance and leveling, quality control and data analysis, Department of Geology and Puerto Rico Seismic Network, Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM), Mayagüez, PR (11/05/2014). (invited)
  • “Tsunamis Generados por Deslizamientos de Tierra Submarinos”, Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP), Iquique, Chile, (10/17/2014). (Presentation in Spanish, invited)
  • “Comparación de los maremotos del 2014 y 2010 en Chile con el impacto del 2011 tsunami en Japón”, Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP), Iquique, Chile, (10/15/2014). (Inagural Presentation in Spanish, invited)