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Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment

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The modelling of tsunamis has attracted significant recent attention from a broad range of researchers, drawing upon a range of techniques (computational, experimental, analytical) and scales (regional, district and smaller). Although tsunami modelling is still at a relatively early stage, it is important to start taking immediate advantage of this body of work and focus our attention on the interaction between tsunamis and the built environment. The scope of this topic therefore is to invite research contributions that apply the more recent understanding of the physical processes of tsunami engineering to either (i) examine how the built environment responds to the effects of tsunamis; (ii) develop improved designs or procedures that can enhance the resilience of the built environment to tsunamis; (iii) scrutinise or develop a particular policy position with respect to the scientific findings of existing or new research. Within this, submissions that develop an improved understanding of the physical processes of tsunami engineering are welcome, however they must apply these findings to the built environment so that conclusions can be drawn about its response and preparedness, or cast these findings with respect to a policy perspective. Original research manuscripts are welcome and these should contain a significant engineering content. Manuscripts with a policy angle are welcome, but they must demonstrate a clear interaction between policy proposals and engineering findings.


Keywords: vulnerability, Tsunami, hydrodynamics, modelling, design rules, combined hazards


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The modelling of tsunamis has attracted significant recent attention from a broad range of researchers, drawing upon a range of techniques (computational, experimental, analytical) and scales (regional, district and smaller). Although tsunami modelling is still at a relatively early stage, it is important to start taking immediate advantage of this body of work and focus our attention on the interaction between tsunamis and the built environment. The scope of this topic therefore is to invite research contributions that apply the more recent understanding of the physical processes of tsunami engineering to either (i) examine how the built environment responds to the effects of tsunamis; (ii) develop improved designs or procedures that can enhance the resilience of the built environment to tsunamis; (iii) scrutinise or develop a particular policy position with respect to the scientific findings of existing or new research. Within this, submissions that develop an improved understanding of the physical processes of tsunami engineering are welcome, however they must apply these findings to the built environment so that conclusions can be drawn about its response and preparedness, or cast these findings with respect to a policy perspective. Original research manuscripts are welcome and these should contain a significant engineering content. Manuscripts with a policy angle are welcome, but they must demonstrate a clear interaction between policy proposals and engineering findings.


Keywords: vulnerability, Tsunami, hydrodynamics, modelling, design rules, combined hazards


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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27 July 2018 Manuscript
17 December 2018 Manuscript Extension

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27 July 2018 Manuscript
17 December 2018 Manuscript Extension

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