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Early detection of tsunami by acoustic-gravity waves

Acoustic-gravity waves (AGWs) are compression-type waves propagating with amplitudes governed by the restoring force of gravity.

They are generated, by wind-wave interactions, surface wave interactions, and movements of the tectonic lithosphere plates. They travel at the speed of sound in water carrying information on their source.

Employing AWGs, we aim to improve current sea-state warning systems with a particular focus on early detection of tsunami.

You will be trained to use and further develop various mathematical techniques and methods, with a focus on perturbation methods, asymptotic analysis, and separation of variables, to solve the general wave equation for a three-dimensional space.

The outcome will have a direct novel application for early alarm tsunami detection by acoustic-gravity waves, which is part of a large inter-institutional project that we are currently leading worldwide.

We are interested in pursuing this project and welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government sponsorships or your employer.

Please contact the supervisor when you want to pursue this project, citing the project title in your email, or find out more about our PhD programme in Mathematics.


Dr Usama Kadri

Dr Usama Kadri

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

029 208 75863

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