border: Outline of the study area. max-inundation-line: Estimated, "maximum credible scenario" inundation line(s) that encompasses the maximum extent of flooding based on model simulation of all credible source scenarios and historical observations. The "maximum credible scenario" inundation line becomes a basis for local tsunami hazard planning and development of evacuation maps. max-flow-depth: Raster image depicting maximum composite flow depths over dry land. time-series-points: To help emergency management personnel assess tsunami hazards, we supplement the inundation maps with the time series plots of the modeled water level and velocity dynamics at some on-land and some offshore locations in the communities. The plots are provided in the appendices of the report. These shapefiles provide the location of each time series point. scenarios: Collection of shapefiles that depict the modeled potential maximum inundation by tectonic waves for each modeled scenario (scenarios 1-10). Detailed information about each scenario can be found in the accompanying report. post-earthquake-shoreline: The post-earthquake shoreline that corresponds to MHHW after modeled earthquakes. In the case of Yakutat, none of the scenarios produce sizeable coseismic land changes. Consequently, this shoreline file is applicable to all scenarios.
Suleimani, E.N., Nicolsky, D.J., and Koehler, R.D., 2016, Tsunami inundation maps for Yakutat, Alaska: Report of Investigation RI 2016-2, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States.
This is a vector data set.
Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest .000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest .000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in decimal degrees.
The horizontal datum used is World Geodetic System of 1984.
The ellipsoid used is WGS 84.
The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257223563.
This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under Reimbursable Services Agreement ADN 0931000 with the State of Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (a division of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs). Some of the research in this report is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research with funds from NOAA under cooperative agreement NA08OAR4320751 with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Numerical calculations for this work were supported by a grant of High Performance Computing (HPC) resources from the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We thank Sean Gulick for his incredibly comprehensive review that helped to improve the report, and also an anonymous reviewer for a number of insightful comments and suggestions.
Results presented here are intended to provide guidance to local emergency management agencies in tsunami inundation assessment, evacuation planning, and public education to mitigate future tsunami hazards.
Newell, J.T., Maurits, S.A., Suleimani, E.N., Koehler, R.D., and Nicolsky, D.J., 2015, Tsunami inundation maps for Alaska communities: Digital Data Series DDS 10, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States.
The maps showing the results of our modeling have been completed using the best information available and are believed to be accurate, however, their preparation required many assumptions. We described several scenarios and provide an estimate of maximum credible tsunami inundation. Actual conditions during a tsunami event may vary from those considered, so the accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The limits of inundation shown should be used only as a guideline for emergency planning and response action. Actual areas inundated will depend on specifics of the earth deformations, on-land construction, and tide level, and they may differ from areas shown on the map. The information on this map is intended to provide a basis for state and local agencies to plan emergency evacuation and tsunami response actions in the event of a major tsunamigenic earthquake. These results are not intended for land-use regulation or building-code development. This DGGS Report of Investigations is a final report of scientific research. It has received technical review by several scientists familiar with the subject matter. Uncertainties associated with the depiction or interpretation of various features are discussed in the manuscript.
The hydrodynamic model used to calculate propagation and runup of tsunami waves is a nonlinear, flux-formulated, shallow-water model. It passes the validation and verification tests required for models used in production of tsunami inundation maps. The source mechanism remains the biggest unknown in the problem of tsunami modeling. Since the initial condition for the modeling is determined by the displacement of the ocean bottom, the largest source of error is the earthquake model. When the tsunami is generated in the vicinity of the coast, the direction of the incoming waves, their amplitudes and times of arrival are determined by the initial displacements of the ocean surface in the source area because the distance to the shore is too small for the waves to dissipate. Therefore, the near-field inundation modeling results are especially sensitive to the fine structure of the tsunami source. The modeling process is highly sensitive to errors when the complexity of the source function is combined with its proximity to the coastal zone. Additionally, during development of tsunami inundation maps a spatially-averaged ground subsidence/uplift model is assumed. However, during a potential earthquake, soil compaction in areas of unconsolidated deposits in the coastal zone might occur, and tsunami inundation could extend farther landward. Finally, we mention that the horizontal resolution of the highest resolution grid that was used for inundation modeling is about 16 m (52 ft). This resolution is high enough to describe major relief features, but small topographic features, buildings, and other facilities cannot be resolved accurately by the existing model.
The vertical accuracy of the inundation modeling is dependent on the accuracy and resolution of the digital elevation models (DEMs) and tidal datum values that were used to compile the computational grid. Prior to scenario modeling, bathymetric data were shifted to use Mean Higher High Water (MHHW) as the vertical datum. The depths of inundation shown should be used only as a guideline for emergency planning and response action. Actual inundation water depth will depend on specifics of the earth deformations, on-land construction, and tide level, and they may differ from areas shown by this data. The information is intended to permit state and local agencies to plan emergency evacuation and tsunami response actions in the event of a major tsunamigenic earthquake. These results are not intended for land-use regulation or building-code development. For additional information please reference the Grid Development and Data Sources section of the associated manuscript.
The results of our modeling have been completed using the best information available and are believed to be accurate; however, their preparation required many assumptions and actual conditions during a tsunami event may vary from those considered.
Model validation for this report included comparison of the modeled results to observations that were recorded during historic events.
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