Headlines at Hopkins: news releases from across
university Headlines
News by Topic: news releases organized by
subject News by Topic
News by School: news releases organized by the 
university's 9 schools & divisions News by School
Events Open to the Public (campus-wide) Events Open
to the Public
Blue Jay Sports: Hopkins Athletic Center Blue Jay Sports
Search News Site Search the Site

Contacting the News Staff: directory of
press officers Contacting
News Staff
Receive News Via Email (listservs) Receive News
Via Email
Resources for Journalists Resources for Journalists

Virtually Live@Hopkins: audio and video news Virtually
Hopkins in the News: news clips about Hopkins Hopkins in
the News

Faculty Experts: searchable resource organized
topic Faculty Experts
Faculty and Administrator Photos Faculty and
Faculty with Homepages Faculty with Homepages

JHUNIVERSE Homepage JHUniverse Homepage
Headlines at Hopkins
Media Advisory

Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

December 28, 2004
To: Reporters, producers, editors
From: Phil Sneiderman | (443) 287-9960 | prs@jhu.edu
Subject: Johns Hopkins Tsunami Expert Available for Interviews
Coastal engineer studies wave attack on structures; what can be done to limit damage in future tsunamis?

Robert A. Dalrymple, a Johns Hopkins University coastal engineer and internationally recognized expert on water waves and coastal engineering, is available for interviews in connection with the tsunamis that have devastated Southeast Asia.

Dalrymple, who is president of the Association of Coastal Engineers and chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Coastal Engineering Research Council, has written numerous scholarly articles and textbook chapters on water wave mechanics and how powerful waves can damage harbor structures and buildings constructed near the shore.

In recent years, he has been assembling a computer model to study the effect of tsunamis on coastal structures. Its intent is to mathematically describe a wave as it hits a shoreline — the run-up, the wave attack on structures and, potentially, the waterborne debris and its impact. Although this model will not predict when and where tsunamis will strike, it may eventually help engineers build structures that are better able to withstand the impact of powerful waves. It may also lead to better techniques to reduce coastal erosion associated with waves.

Dalrymple is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins. During daytime hours, he can be reached in his Baltimore campus office at (410) 516-7923. His home phone number is (410) 583-7066.

Related Link
Robert A. Dalrymple's Web Site

Johns Hopkins University news releases can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/
   Information on automatic e-mail delivery of science and medical news releases is available at the same address.

Go to Headlines@HopkinsHome Page