Tsunami modelling and early warning systems

Numerical modelling of generation, propagation and impact of tsunamis applied to hazard assessment and early warning systems.

Research activities in this field regard primarily modeling of tsunamis generation by dislocation events, slope failures and volcanic eruptions as well as the study of tsunami propagation and impact on the coasts and on coastal structures and infrastructures. With reference to the tsunami generation by earthquakes, a novel research activity regards the characterization of slip heterogeneities on the fault planes depending on the earthquake magnitude and focal mechanism, as well as on the particular tectonic environment where the earthquakes occurs. Applications are the assessing of tsunami hazard, vulnerability and risk in the European seas with special attention to Italy and the setting up of monitoring network and tsunami alert systems. Most of these activities have been undertaken in the recent past in the frame of European RD projects (TRIDEC, NearToWarn, ASTARTE).


  • RFO (University of Bologna)
  • COST Action CA18109

ERC Sectors

  • PE3_16 Fluid dynamics (physics)
  • PE10_5 Geology, tectonics, volcanology
  • PE10_7 Physics of earth's interior, seismology, volcanology
  • PE10_8 Oceanography (physical, chemical, biological)

Group coordinator

Alberto Armigliato

Associate Professor

Group members

Glauco Gallotti

Research fellow

Stefano Tinti

Alma Mater Honorary Professor

Adjunct professor

Filippo Zaniboni

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Other members

  • Dr. Gianluca Pagnoni


  • CNR-ISMAR, Bologna, Italy
  • INGV, Italy
  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Faculty of Physics, Bulgaria
  • Global Tsunami Model (GTM) network
  • COST Action CA18109 partners
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