Saturday, April 30, 2011

Using Googlemaps To Simulate Tsunamis

Gonna have to test this out.

April 30, 2011 3:40 PM
by timothy

Using Googlemaps To Simulate Tsunamis

flemster writes "Tsunami mapper is a new site which uses the googlemaps elevation service and the flood fill algorithm to predict which areas near a coast are likely to be affected by a tsunami. You can search for your local beach, set a wave heading and height and then double click the tsunami starting point off the coast, after which the tsunami range will be drawn. Naturally, predicting a tsunami is far more complicated than this and this application is a general guide and not a true predictor. However the simulations of the recent Japanese simulation are interesting. Compare the tsunami mapper simulation with this aerial photo of Ishinomaki after the March tsunami."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Dr. Art Trembanis
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University of Delaware
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