Nateghi collaborates on tsunami study
The new research findings demonstrate that both seawalls higher than five meters and coastal forests reduce damage and death from tsunamis. Nateghi used a modeling method called Random Forest, which harnesses numerous "decision trees" to capture complex non-linear relationships of data. Seawalls more than five meters high were shown to reduce the destruction rate, and, more specifically, a 10-meter increase in height was associated with about a 5 to 6 percent decrease in the destruction rate.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The paper is available at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158375 .
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