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Research article
18 Jan 2024
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2024

Proposal for a new meteotsunami intensity index

Clare Lewis, Tim Smyth, Jess Neumann, and Hannah Cloke

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Meteotsunami are the result of atmospheric disturbances and can impact coastlines causing injury, loss of life, and damage to assets. This paper introduces a novel intensity index to allow for the quantification of these events at the shoreline. This has the potential to assist in the field of natural hazard assessment. It was trialled in the UK but designed for global applicability and to become a widely accepted standard in coastal planning, meteotsunami forecasting, and early warning systems.
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