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Tsunami detection to be topic of Science Forum Lecture Series

August 22, 2011

Dr. Y. Tony Song

A research scientist from NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies tsunami detection using GPS technology will be the first speaker in Chapman University’s Science Forum Lecture Series of 2011-2012, hosted by the Schmid College of Science and Technology. The lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Argyros Forum 209C. Light refreshments will be served.

The speaker, Y. Tony Song, Ph.D., specializes in ocean remote sensing and ocean modeling. Among Dr. Song’s topics will be tsunami formation from earthquakes and the latest research on the use of GPS to detect tsunami scales in real time. According to conventional theory, tsunamis are formed by the vertical deformation of the seafloor during undersea earthquakes. Recent studies, however, suggest that the momentum transferred by the horizontal motions of continental slopes is the major force of tsunamis.

For more information about the series, which continues through March, visit the Science Forum Series website.

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