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Science of Tsunami Hazards. 2014;33(2):112-132


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Journal Title: Science of Tsunami Hazards

ISSN: 8755-6839 (Print)

Publisher: Tsunami Society International

Society/Institution: Tsunami Society International

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Oceanography

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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N. Zamora (GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Germany)

G. Franchello (EC-Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy)

G. Franchello (EC-Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy)


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Abstract | Full Text

In the last years several numerical codes have been developed to analyse tsunami waves. Most of these codes use a finite difference numerical approach giving good results for tsunami wave propagation, but with limitations in modelling inundation processes. The HyFlux2 model has been developed to simulate inundation scenario due to dam break, flash flood and tsunami-wave run-up. The model solves the conservative form of the two-dimensional shallow water equations using a finite volume method. The implementation of a shoreline-tracking method provides reliable results. HyFlux2 robustness has been tested using several tsunami events. The main aim of this study is code validation by means of comparing different code results with available measurements. Another objective of the study is to evaluate how the different fault models could generate different results that should be considered for coastal planning. Several simulations have been performed to compare HyFlux2 code with SWAN-JRC code and the TUNAMI-N2. HyFlux2 has been validated taking advantage of the extensive seismic, geodetic measurements and post-tsunami field surveys performed after the Nias March 28th tsunami. Although more detailed shallow bathymetry is needed to assess the inundation, diverse results in the wave heights have been revealed when comparing the different fault mechanism. Many challenges still exist for tsunami researchers especially when concern to early warning systems as shown in this Nias March 28th tsunami.