Application of Dense Offshore Tsunami Observations from Ocean Bottom Pressure Gauges (OBPGs) for Tsunami Research and Early Warnings

Mohammad Heidarzadeh, Aditya Riadi Gusman

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We introduce a new data source of dense deep-ocean tsunami records from Ocean Bottom Pressure Gauges (OBPGs) which are attached to Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) and apply them for far-field and near-field tsunami warnings. Tsunami observations from OBPGs are new sources of deep-ocean tsunami observations which, for the first time, provide dense tsunami data with spacing intervals in the range of 10–50 km. Such dense data are of importance for tsunami research and warnings and are capable of providing new insights into tsunami characteristics. Here, we present a standard procedure for the processing of the OBPG data and extraction of tsunami signals out of these high-frequency data. Then, the procedure is applied to two tsunamis of 15 July 2009 Mw 7.8 Dusky Sound (offshore New Zealand) and 28 October 2012 Mw 7.8 Haida Gwaii (offshore Canada). We successfully extracted 30 and 57 OBPG data for the two aforesaid tsunamis, respectively. Numerical modeling of tsunami was performed for both tsunamis in order to compare the modeling results with observation and to use the modeling results for the calibration of some of the OBPG data. We successfully employed the OBPG data of the 2012 Haida Gwaii tsunami for tsunami forecast by applying a data assimilation technique. Our results, including two case studies, demonstrate the high potential of OBPG data for contribution to tsunami research and warnings. The procedure developed in this study can be readily applied for the extraction of tsunami signals from OBPG data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeological Disaster Monitoring Based on Sensor Networks
EditorsTariq S. Durrani, Wei Wang, Sheila M Forbes
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Electronic)2365-0664
ISBN (Print) 978-981-13-0992-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Tsunami
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Ocean Bottom Pressure Gauge
  • Ocean Bottom Seismometer
  • Tsunami warning system
  • Numerical simulation


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