Derya Itir Dilmen: Revenge of the Corals

Dilmen_graphicMon 3/11/13, 6:00 – 7:30pm
The Pub at Town Hall
$5; Free for UW Students.
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On September 29, 2009, a magnitude of 8.1 earthquake at southwest of American Samoa generated a tsunami causing fatalities of more than 200 in the near-field area, in the islands of Samoa and Tonga. The waves heavily damaged Pago Pago, the capital City of Tutuila Island of American Samoa located at ~250 km from earthquake epicenter, 20 minutes after the earthquake. It resulted in the large wave heights and wave speeds on the north and east coasts of Tutuila Island and crushed coastal structures, shorelines and coral reefs. UW scientist Derya Itir Dilmen’s research is to estimate the power of the  tsunami occurred in 2009  at different locations of Tutuila Island, American Samoa, with computer modeling and analyze if this power is enough to break corals on that area.

About the Speaker

DilmenDerya Itir Dilmen is a PhD student at the University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences at School of Environment where she studies forecasting tools of tsunamis, their risk assessment and creation of risk maps. She is also interested in how water flows over corals. She earned her M.Sc. in the Ocean Engineering Department from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. and has conducted a variety of research in the US and abroad under the European Union Scientific Projects, including assessing of  tsunami risks for Mediterranean and Marmara Seas, and creating risk maps to help stake holders design evacuation routes. She has been currently working on coral-tsunami interaction in American Samoa, on Island of Tutuila.

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