Modeling Issues in Asteroid-Generated Tsunamis
by M.J. Berger and R.J. LeVeque NASA Technical Memorandum NASA/CR-2018-219786, ARC-E-DAA-TN53167, 2018

Abstract. This report studies tsunamis caused by asteroids, both those that arise from atmospheric blast waves moving across the water surface from airburst asteroids, and those that arise when the asteroid reaches the water and forms a crater. We perform numerical experiments that compare simulations using depth-averaged models (shallow water and several forms of Boussinesq) with linearized Euler (acoustics plus gravity) and ALE hydrocode simulations. We find that neither of the depth-averaged models do a good job of initiating the tsunami, but in some cases can be used to propagate a solution generated by a higher-fidelity method. A list of our conclusions and recommendations for further study is given in Section 5.

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bibtex entry:

  author="M. J. Berger and R. J. LeVeque",
  title="Modeling Issues in Asteroid-Generated Tsunamis",
  howpublished="NASA Technical Memorandum NASA/CR-2018-219786,

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