Submarine Landslide Tsunami Linearity

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This page documents test on the scaling of tsunami waves with Earthquake volume

As part of our work developing a Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment (PTHA) for submarine landslide generated tsunamis we are investigating the scaling of tsunami waves with volume of the landslide.

For the initial test we are using the TOPICS submarine-landslide-generated-tsunami initialisation code. There are some questions as to its applicability in the shallow canyon environment but it will do for the initial investigation.

In TOPICS both the volume is specified and the length/width and maximum thickness. This overspecifies the problem (although as it is maximum thickness there is some room for a range of volumes to be consistent with the given dimensions).

We are using the standard Nicholson Canyon setup used in XXXXXXXX with four different volumes: 100,000,000 m^3, 400,000,000 m^3, 333,333,333 m^3 and 1,000,000,000 m^3. The maximum thickness is held constant at 200 m. The landslide length and width are taken as equal and are 2,400 m, 1,500 m, 1,400 m and 760 m respectively for the four cases.

In order to investigate the influence of different dimensions given the same volume we are doing three simulations with volume set as 400,000,000 m^3 and maximum thickness given as 50 m, 100 m and 200 m.

There does not seem to be a strong relationship between volume and water height (i.e. changing the width has a large effect on wave height at the places of interest. Some areas appear to be inundated while others aren't. Is this correct or is this a bug of the inundation programme?

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