Meteotsunami Warning System for the Great Lakes

Event Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017, 8:00 am to Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:00 pm

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is kicking off its 2017 summit series by focusing on the development of a meteotsunami warning system for the Great Lakes. Tsunamis are a common, yet largely under recognized, phenomenon in the Great Lakes. They are similar to the earthquake-generated tsunamis that occur in the ocean, except they are caused by weather events, thus earning them the name “meteotsunamis.” Rapid changes in barometric pressure, often associated with fast-moving weather systems, can generate meteotsunamis. Although many meteotsunamis are too small to notice, large meteotsunamis can have devastating coastal impacts (damaging waves, flooding, strong currents) that cause significant damage, injury, and death. Meteotsunamis are frequently observed in the Great Lakes, averaging 106 events per year.

Participants will include representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS), NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and several U.S. and international universities. The summit is being led by Dr. Chin Wu at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Summit steering committee members include:

Eric Anderson, NOAA GLERL
Victoria Campbell-Arvai, University of Michigan
Philip Chu, NOAA GLERL
Yu-Hen Hu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dave Kristovich, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Greg Mann, NOAA NWS
Steven Ruberg, NOAA GLERL