Nils-Axel Morner

Stockholm UniversitySweden

Nils-Axel Mörner took his PhD in Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University in 1969. He was head of a personal institute at Stockholm University and the Swedish National Council on Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics (P&G) from 1991 up to his retirement in 2005. He has written hundreds of research papers and a number of books. He is a global traveller and has undertaken field studies in all continents. Several students have taken their doctoral degree at the P&G institute, which became an international centre for paleoseismics, neotectonics, paleomagnetism and global sea level changes. He was president of the INQUA Neotectonics Commission (1981-1989) and president of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Dynamics (1999-2003). From 1996 he has been deeply engaged in paleotsunami research in Sweden and the Maldives. In 2008 he was awarded the Golden Condrite of Merit (from Algarve University) “for his irreverence and contribution to our understanding of sea level change”.

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Submarine earthquakes, submarine slides and impacts may set large water volumes in motion characterized by very long wavelengths and a very high speed of lateral displacement, when reaching shallower water the wave breaks in over land - often with disastrous effects. This natural phenomenon is known as a tsunami event. By December 26, 2004, an event in the Indian Ocean, this word suddenly became known to the public. The effects were indeed disastrous and 227,898 people were killed. Tsunami events are a natural part of the Earth's geophysical system. There have been numerous events in the past and they will continue to be a threat to humanity; even more so today, when the coastal zone is occupied by so much more human activity and many more people. Therefore, tsunamis pose a very serious threat to humanity. The only way for us to face this threat is by increased knowledge so that we can meet future events by efficient warning systems and aid organizations. This book offers extensive and new information on tsunamis; their origin, history, effects, monitoring, hazards assessment and proposed handling with respect to precaution. Only through knowledge do we know how to behave in a wise manner. This book should be a well of tsunami knowledge for a long time, we hope.

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