Tsunami: Shallow Water Waves in a Deep Ocean

Professor Libe Washburn will speak on the killer waves

When: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Watershed Resource Ctr., 2981 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Community Events, Lectures


At the October General Meeting of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Professor Libe Washburn will give a lecture on tsunamis. He will explain how tsunamis differ from other surface gravity waves such as ocean swell. He will also summarize observations of recent major tsunamis, including effects observed in Santa Barbara from instruments on Stearns' Wharf.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, and the lecture will start at 7:30 PM. The public is welcome. Admission is free, and free refreshments will be served.
Location: Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro County Park (Hendry's Beach)
Date: Thursday, October 17
Surfrider chapter phone: 899-BLUE

Additional information about Professor Washburn:
Libe Washburn is an oceanographer at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is also a faculty member of the Department of Geography and is chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science at UCSB. His educational background is in engineering and he worked in industry as an aerospace engineer before becoming an oceanographer. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Meteorological. Society, and the Oceanography Society. His research focuses on how ocean circulation processes affect marine communities in a variety of ocean environments. He currently has a number of research projects including studies to understand: 1) transient circulation processes along the California coast that develop in response to the changing winds; (2) how oceanographic processes control ocean acidification in coastal waters near shore; (3) coastal ocean dynamics using surface current patterns mapped using radio waves; and (4) how coastal current patterns control dispersal and settlement of marine organisms into near shore habitats as part of the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO); and (5) physical-biological coupling as part of the Santa Barbara Coastal and Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research (SBC-LTER and MCR-LTER) projects. Washburn’s research is based on observations and he employs a variety of approaches in his work including high frequency (HF) radio systems for mapping surface currents, moorings, and autonomous underwater vehicles. He is an active participant in the evolving coastal ocean observing systems and is the chair of the Board of Governors of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (

Phone: 805-899-2583

Event posted Oct. 15, 2013
Last updated Oct. 15, 2013


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo

Santa Barbara Fair and Expo celebrates “25 Years of Magic”, ... Read More