Physics of Tsunamis

  • Boris W. Levin
  • Mikhail Nosov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Boris W. Levin, Mikhail A. Nosov
    Pages 35-87
  3. Boris W. Levin, Mikhail A. Nosov
    Pages 263-309
  4. Boris W. Levin, Mikhail A. Nosov
    Pages 311-358
  5. Boris W. Levin, Mikhail A. Nosov
    Pages 359-388

About this book


This second edition reflects significant progress in tsunami research, monitoring and mitigation within the last decade. Primarily meant to summarize the state-of-the-art knowledge on physics of tsunamis, it describes up-to-date models of tsunamis generated by a submarine earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, meteorite impact, and moving atmospheric pressure inhomogeneities. Models of tsunami propagation and run-up are also discussed. The book investigates methods of tsunami monitoring including coastal mareographs, deep-water pressure gauges, GPS buoys, satellite altimetry, the study of ionospheric disturbances caused by tsunamis and the study of paleotsunamis. Non-linear phenomena in tsunami source and manifestations of water compressibility are discussed in the context of their contribution to the wave amplitude and energy. The practical method of calculating the initial elevation on a water surface at a seismotectonic tsunami source is expounded. Potential and eddy traces of a tsunamigenic earthquake in the ocean are examined in terms of their applicability to tsunami warning.

The first edition of this book was published in 2009. Since then, a few catastrophic events occurred, including the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, which is well known all over the world.

The book is intended for researchers, students and specialists in oceanography, geophysics, seismology, hydro-acoustics, geology, and geomorphology, including the engineering and insurance industries.


Tsunami Warning Historical Tsunami Database Tsunami Generation Co-Seismic Deformation Initial Elevation Long-Wave Theory Potential Theory Landslide Volcanic Eruption Meteotsunami Cosmogenic Tsunami Tsunami Propagation Tsunami Run-up Dispersion Nonlinearity Numerical Simulation Measurements of Sea Level Tsunami Deposits Satellite Altimetry Ionospheric Disturbances

Authors and affiliations

  • Boris W. Levin
    • 1
  • Mikhail Nosov
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. Marine Geology & GeophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesYuzhno-SakhalinskRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of PhysicsM.V.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoskvaRussia

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