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Chao An

Chao An

Chao An
Ph.D.
Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Cornell University
ca298@cornell.edu


Current Research

I am now working on the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. Basically by analyzing wave records at different stations (mainly Japanese stations and dart buoy stations), we want to find out whether tsunami waves are nonlinear or dispersive, and any other characteristics of tsunami waves that can be found from wave records. Methods I'm using include Fourier and wavelet transforms. 

Research Interests

  • Earthquake tsunamis
  • Tsunami generation and propagation
  • Inversion of earthquake source from seismic, GPS, InSAR data and tsunami wave records
  • Large-scale problems in earth science