Tsunami surge in a river: a hydraulic jump in an inhomogeneous channel

  • Jean-Guy Caputo
  • Y. A. Stepanyants


A tsunami or storm surge propagating in a river is a very energetic phenomenon and not many human constructions can resist it. However studying its propagation can help identify dangerous regions where hopefully human habitat will be avoided. As in a wave guide the tsunami or bore will be influenced by the variable section (depth or width) of the channel. We will not consider here the case of the ocean where the bathymetry plays a crucial role in fixing the wave speed but a channel or river where the depth and width vary slowly compared with the wave length.


Storm Surge Vries Equation Tide Amplitude Hydraulic Jump Riemann Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Guy Caputo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Y. A. Stepanyants
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de MathématiquesINSA de RouenMont-Saint-Aignan cedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique théorique et modelisationUniversité de Cergy-Pontoise and C.N.R.S.France
  3. 3.Reactor OperationsANSTOMenai (Sydney)Australia

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