Tsunami: The World's Greatest Waves

James Goff (Author) Walter Dudley (Author)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
April 06, 2021
6.2 X 9.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

James Goff, Honorary Professor of Tsunami Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Walter Dudley, Professor Emeritus of Marine Geology and Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Hilo

James Goff is Honorary Professor of Tsunami Research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Until 2016, he was Deputy Director of the PANGEA (Paleontology, Geobiology, and Earth Archives) Research Centre and Director of the Australia-Pacific Tsunami Research Centre at UNSW. He has co-edited three books and written over 250 peer-reviewed publications, including an online tsunami database for New Zealand. He has appeared in numerous documentaries, including those of Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Walter Dudley is Professor Emeritus of Marine Geology and Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He previously served as Chair of the Marine Science Department and Director of the Kalakaua Marine Education Center for the University, and he served as a Professor of Marine Geology and Oceanography for over 30 years. In 1994, he and tsunami survivor, Jeanne Johnston, founded the Pacific Tsunami Museum, where he currently serves as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. He has written six books about tsunamis, published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and appeared in over 30 television documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Disney, and Weather Channel.


"James Goff and Walter Dudley take us on a journey across the seven seas and the five continents to remind us of the destructive forces of nature. Using oral traditions, historical records, and scientific data, the authors manage to convey in a familiar narrative the results of their amazing professional career. Tsunami will be of great importance for students and researchers in Earth sciences, anthropology and archaeology, and should be a must-read for government officials associated with natural disaster prevention offices. Those of us who live in coastal areas should not be constantly terrified of them, but we must know their effects and be prepared since, as the authors mention: Sooner or later, they will happen again." -- Pedro Andrade, Universidad de Concepci๏ฟฝn

"This is an original, authoritative, and highly readable account of tsunamis around the world, balancing clear and accessible explanations of tsunami science with personal accounts and meticulously researched historical detail. Based on their decades of research experience the authors take the reader on an historical journey through tsunamis and their impacts both on individuals and on entire societies, clearly highlighting that, in the words of their final quote, 'Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." -- Andy Cundy, University of Southampton

"Goff and Dudley's Tsunami is immensely compelling. Drawing upon many branches of science, from history to geology and archaeology to oceanography, the authors present fascinating insights into this misunderstood and under-appreciated nemesis for coastal dwellers everywhere. Planet-tipping earthquakes, cataclysmic volcanic eruptions, plunging asteroids, colossal landslides, boiling geysers, the demise of dinosaurs and megalodons, ancestral migrations, conflict and warfare, fake news, the 'first Brexit', and captivating legends of water monsters echoing down to us from primeval times: all are featured herein. Science? Absolutely. But pull up your armchair anyway, because Tsunami is gripping stuff." -- James Terry, Zayed University