About $ 19 million from the National Science Foundation will fund research that is expected to examine the effects of earthquakes on storms.
SEATTLE – The University of Washington and Oregon State University will establish a research center to examine a wide range of hazards along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
About $ 19 million from the National Science Foundation will fund research, which is expected to examine the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change and sea level rise, storms and storm surges, and the coastal erosion.
Initial research will focus on the Washington coast from Tokeland to Taholah. He will also study the interior coast line from Everett to Bellingham.
In Oregon, the focus will be on the greater Coos Bay area and from Newport to Astoria.
In California, the focus will be on Humboldt County.
The number of research topics is wide, so what do earthquakes have to do with climate change?
“The concept of a ‘coastal hub’ is not to compartmentalize these things,” said Washington state climatologist Harold Tobin. For example, as sea level rises with climate change, the height of future tsunami waves will be all the higher, as will their ability to move further inland.
After the earthquake, the land is expected to collapse in many places, making it more susceptible to flooding.
“Sea level rise over long periods of time has different implications in a region like the Pacific Northwest than in other parts of the world,” Tobin said.
“Some of these dangers interact,” said Ann Bostrom, professor of public policy and governance at the University of Washington. “And we also expect extreme weather events to be made worse, so we’ll see storm surges comparable to small tsunamis for example.”
As a social scientist, it’s about helping coastal communities become more resilient.
“My own research focuses on risk perception and risk communication,” she said. “And he’s very heavily informed by the social and behavioral sciences.”
The UW and the OSU are not alone in this matter. Washington State University, Humboldt State University, Washington and Oregon Sea Grant research organizations, the Swinomish Indian tribal community are all involved in the research.