Last summer, Hermann Fritz was watching a miniature volcano erupt over and over again. The idea was to generate tsunamis from the eruption or a resulting landslide to see how these rare events differ from their more common earthquake-generated cousins.
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.
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.
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.
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.