Submarine Landslide Generated Waves Modeled Using Depth-Integrated Equations

  • Patrick Lynett
  • Philip L.-F. Liu
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 21)


A mathematical model is derived to describe the generation, and propagation of water waves by a submarine landslide. The model consists of a depth-integrated continuity equation, and a momentum equation, in which the ground movement is a forcing function. These equations include full nonlinear, but weakly dispersive effects. The model is also capable of describing wave propagation from relatively deep water to shallow water. A numerical algorithm is developed for the general fully nonlinear model. As a case study, tsunamis generated by a prehistoric massive submarine slump off the northern coast of Puerto Rico are modeled. The evolution of the created waves, and the large runup due to them is discussed.


Ground Movement Boussinesq Equation Northern Coast Free Surface Elevation Submarine Landslide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Lynett
    • 1
  • Philip L.-F. Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Civil, and Environmental Engineering Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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