Undergraduate Colloquium – Janet Becker (SOEST, UH Mānoa)

March 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Bilger 335

Title: Wave driven inundation for reef fringed atolls

Speaker: Prof. Janet M. Becker, Department of Geology and Geophysics

Abstract: As sea level rises, the threat of wave driven inundation for low lying atolls is anticipated to increase. Wave driven inundation results from three dynamically distinct components: sea and swell energy, breaking wave setup, and low frequency (infragravity) energy. Here, results from field experiments in Ipan, Guam and Majuro and Roi-Namur, RMI are presented that demonstrate the importance of low frequency energy on fringing reefs. The observations are described in terms of linear and nonlinear dynamics. Projections of wave driven inundation that include all components for Roi-Namur under future sea level scenarios are presented.