Water Resources Engineering

Fritz, colleagues find surprising clue to severity of Indonesia tsunami

Screenshot of BBC News story about new data collected by Hermann Fritz and his colleagues after the tsunami in Indonesia in September.

Scientists have puzzled over the size of the tsunami that washed ashore in Palu, Indonesia, since it devastated the community in September. Now researchers report they may have a new clue.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Remembering Professor Emeritus Sam Martin

Professor Emeritus Samuel Martin, who died Nov. 14. Faculty members and colleagues remembered Martin as a dedicated mentor, colleague and friend.

Mentor. Friend. Those words kept coming up as School of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members remembered Professor Emeritus Samuel Martin, who died Nov. 14. He was 82.

Monday, December 3, 2018

LISTEN: Studying volcano eruptions deep underwater with Hermann Fritz

Hermann Fritz helping install the Volcanic Tsunami Generator at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University earlier this summer. (Photo: Angela Del Rosario / Courtesy: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure)

Professor Hermann Fritz has spent the summer traveling between Atlanta and Corvallis, Oregon, building a new one-of-a-kind tool for his landslide research.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Eyewitness accounts fill in details of 1946 Dominican Republic tsunami

Claudio Martinez from the Dominican Republic’s Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia in Matancitas with local resident Patria, right, who took Martinez and Georgia Tech’s Hermann Fritz back to the site of a 1946 tsunami in the area. Patria remembered how high waters had reached at this palm tree, helping the team reconstruct the tsunami’s impacts more than seven decades after it happened. (Photo Courtesy: Hermann Fritz)

Almost 70 years later, the man remembered the August day in Playa Rincon, when he clung to the top of an almond tree to survive a tsunami where the waters rushed about 700 meters inland after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Georgia Water Resources Institute leads effort to understand how residential septic systems impact Lake Lanier water quality

Google Earth view of Lake Lanier from Buford Dam. Gwinnett County is to the right of the dam. (Image Courtesy: Google, Landsat/Copernicus)

Water researchers from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will lead a three-year effort to understand how septic systems in Gwinnett County, Georgia, impact Lake Lanier. The massive reservoir northeast of Atlanta serves as a drinking water supply for the county as well as the metro area.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fedele invited to present rogue wave research at the G7 maritime security meeting in Rome

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Francesco Fedele will coordinate a roundtable on safeguarding the marine environment and present his research on predicting rogue waves when ministers from the G7 meet in Rome this fall.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fedele's rogue wave analysis supports investigation of the El Faro sinking

The stern of the El Faro is shown on the ocean floor where it came to rest after sinking in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. (Photo Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board)

A new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year — and demonstrated a new technique for evaluating the probability of rogue waves over space and time.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NASA fellowship supports Di Vittorio’s work using satellites to improve water management

Courtney Di Vittorio, left, with her Ph.D. adviser, Aris Georgakakos and some of the data she's using for her research. Di Vittorio's work to incorporate satellite data into hydrologic models so decision-makers can improve water management plans has won her a 2017 Earth and Space Science Fellowship from NASA. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Ph.D. student Courtney Di Vittorio has won support from NASA for her work using satellite data to better manage water resources. The fourth-year civil engineering grad student learned this month she is one of the space agency’s 2017 Earth and Space Science Fellows.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sturm elected an ASCE fellow

Professor Terry Sturm, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Renowned hydraulic engineer Terry Sturm has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a prestigious honor afforded less than 3.5 percent of the society’s members.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Liquid Assets: Tech researchers are working to solve the world’s water problems

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From the drinking-water contamination in Flint, Mich., to the seemingly endless drought in California, good old H2O pools at the heart of many of today’s most pressing and headline-grabbing problems. Find out how the work and ideas of Tech researchers are helping us understand — and solve — these planet-wide challenges.

Monday, January 9, 2017

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