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Nateghi collaborates on tsunami study

Nateghi collaborates on tsunami study

Assistant Professor Roshanak Nateghi co-authored a paper affirming the role of seawalls and coastal forests in protecting the public during tsunamis.

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 . 

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