#Frankenstorm to Cause Atypical Surges, Flooding: #VTresearch

Article ID: 595507

Released: 29-Oct-2012 9:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Virginia Tech

Expert Pitch

Hurricane Sandy’s size and slow approach will create untraditional flooding and surge patterns. “The wind field is so large it is creating different types of surge,” says Jennifer L. Irish, an authority on the physical impacts of coastal hazards including storm surge, tsunami inundation, and erosion. She is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. jirish@vt.edu

Also, Robert Weiss, an associate professor of geosciences, has a unique perspective on this coastal threat. He studies the response of the physical environment to tsunami generated by earthquakes, slides and oceanic meteorite impacts and the records that such processes produce. weiszr@vt.edu

Call John Pastor at 352-408-3426 or email jdpastor@vt.edu for their cell numbers.


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