Tsunami Science

1 Introduction to
2 Tsunamis of
   the Past
3 Plate Tectonics
4 Tsunami Generation
5 Tsunami Propagation
6 Tsunami Inundation
7 Tsunami Aftermath
   and Response

Course Overview

Learn more about the science of tsunamis in seven units. The units include visual explanations of Earth’s processes, interactive multimedia activities, video clips from tsunami scientists and survivors, and photographic evidence of past tsunamis.

Teachers and interested individuals will find clear explanations of the causes and effects of tsunamis and how education and warnings can help prevent loss of life and property in the future.

How can knowing more about tsunamis help save lives? Find the answers by exploring the courses. Units are composed of multiple chapters and should be completed in order. 

Unit Summaries

Unit 1 — Introduction to Tsunamis
Introducing the causes, locations and warning signs of tsunamis underscores the importance of education.

Unit 2 — Tsunamis of the Past
Combining cultural and scientific knowledge of past tsunamis leads to a greater awareness of tsunami events and preparedness for the future.

Unit 3 — Plate Tectonics
Studying Plate Tectonic Theory tells the story of how scientists have come to understand Earth’s geologic processes and plate interactions.

Unit 4 — Tsunami Generation
Learn about how tsunamis are generated.

Unit 5 — Tsunami Propagation
How are tsunami waves different from wind-generated surface waves? Find out how tsunamis travel through the ocean by studying how energy travels through water.

Unit 6 — Tsunami Inundation
How do tsunami waves behave as they reach a coast? Find out how coastline topography affects tsunami waves and how forecasting for tsunami inundation allows for advance warnings to coastal communities.

Unit 7 — Tsunami Aftermath and Response
Each tsunami event teaches us something. What can we do to minimize damage and prevent loss of life in the future? What lessons can we learn from tsunami survivors?