Yong Wei

Research Scientist

Yong WeiPhD, Ocean Engineering, University of Hawaii, 2006

MS, Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, 1998

BA, Civil Engineering, Ocean University of China, 1995

E-mail: Yong.wei@noaa.gov

Office: PMEL, Bldg 3, Rm 2088B, NOAA Sand Point
Phone: 206-526-6630
Fax: 206-526-6485

Research Interests

Tsunami modeling and forecast, coastal hazard mitigation, coastal flooding, geophysical data analysis, computational methods and water wave mechanics


Current Research Projects

  • Development of ASCE 7 Tsunami Loads and Effects Design provisions and maps (2014 – 2015, PI).

  • Development of probabilistic tsunami hazard maps of reference sites for benchmarking Hawaii Design Maps (2015-2016)

  • Development of tsunami forecast models for coastal communities in the US and Pacific territories.

Selected Publications

Wei, Y., H. Fritz, V. Titov, B. Uslu, C. Chamberlin, and N. Kalligeris (2015): Source models and near-field impact of the April 1, 2007 solomon islands tsunami. Pure Appl. Geophys., 172(3), doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0777-z, 3281-3305.

Gica, E., V.V. Titov, C. Moore, and Y. Wei (2015): Tsunami simulation using sources inferred from various measurement data: implications for the model forecast, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(3), doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0979-4.

Sheng, D., J. Gao, X. Li, Y. Wei, and L. Wang (2015): A storm surge intensity classification based on extreme water level and concomitant wave height. J. Ocean U. China, 14(2), doi:10.1007.s11802-015-234205.

Wei, Y., A.V. Newman, G.P. Hayes, V.V. Titov, and L. Tang (2014). Tsunami forecast by joint inversion of real-time tsunami waveforms and seismic or GPS data: application to the Tohoku 2011 tsunami. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 171(12), doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0777-z, 3281-3305.

Yim, S.C., Y. Wei, M. Azabakht, S. Nimmala, T. Potisuk (2014). Tsunami design load estimate for coastal infrastructure: A case study for Spencer Creek Bridge, Oregon. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000631, 05014008.

Zhou, H., Y. Wei, L. Wright, and V. Titov (2014). Waves and currents in Hawaiian waters induced by the dispersive 2011 Tohoku tsunami. Pure Appl. Geophys., 171(12), doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0781-3, 3365-3384.

Bernard, E., Y. Wei, L. Tang, and V.V. Titov (2014). Impact of Near-Field, Deep-Ocean Tsunami Observations on Forecasting the 7 December 2012 Japanese Tsunami. Pure and Appl. Geophys., 171(12), 3483-3491, doi: 10.1007/s00024-013-0720-8.

Wei, Y., C. Chamberlin, V.V. Titov, L. Tang and E.N. Bernard (2013). Modeling of 2011 Japan tsunami – lessons for near-field forecast. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 170(6-8), 1309-1331, doi: 10.1007/s00024-012-0519-z.

Zhou, H., Y. Wei, V.V. Titov (2012). Dispersive modeling of the 2009 Samoa tsunami.Geophysical Research Letters, L16603, doi: 1029/2012GL053068.

Fritz, H., J.V. Hillaire, E. Moliere, Y. Wei and F. Mohammed (2013). Twin tsunamis triggered by the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Pure and Applied Geophys., 170(9-10), 1463-1474, doi 10.1007/s00024-012-0479-3

Tang, L., V.V. Titov, E.N. Bernard, Y. Wei, C.D. Chamberlin, M. Eble, C. Moore, B. Uslu, J.C. Newman, C. Pells, M. Spillane, H.O. Mofjeld, and L. Wright (2012). Direct energy estimation of the 2011 Japan tsunami using deep-ocean pressure measurements. J, Geophys. Res., 117, C08008, doi:10.1029/2011JC7635.

Arcas, D. and Y. Wei (2011). Evaluation of velocity-related approximation in the non-linear shallow water equations for the Kuril Islands, 2006 tsunami event at Honolulu, Hawaii.Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L12608, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047083, 6 pp.

Cheung, K.F., Y. Wei, Y. Yamazaki, and S.C. Yim (2011): Modeling of 500-year tsunamis for probabilistic design of coastal infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Coastal Engineering, 58(10), doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.05.003, 970–985.

Buckley, M., Wei, Y., Jaffe, B., and Watt, S. (2011). Inversion modeling of velocities and inferred cause of overwash that emplaced inland fields of boulders at Anegada, British Virgin Islands. Natural Hazards, doi: 10.1007/s 11069-011-9725-8.

Zhou, H., Moore, C.W., Wei, Y. and Titov, V.V. (2011), A nested-grid Boussinesq-type approach to modeling dispersive propagation and runup of landslide-generated tsunamis, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 2677-2697, doi:10.519/nhess-11-2677-2011.

Newman, A.V., Hayes, G., Wei, Y., and Convers, J. (2011). The 5 October 2010 Mentawai tsunami earthquake, from real-time discriminants, finite-fault rupture, and tsunami excitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L05302, Doi: 101029/2010GL046498.

Newman, A.V., Feng, L., Fritz, H.M., Lifton, Z.M., Kalligeris, N., and Wei, Y. (2011). The energetic 2010 Mw 7.1 Solomon Islands tsunami earthquake. Geophysical Journal International, 186(2), doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05057.x, 775–781.

Atwater, B., ten Brink, U.S., Buckeley, M., Halley, R., Jaffe, B., Lopez-Venegas, A., Reinhardt, E., Tuttle, M., Watt, S. and Wei, Y. (2010). Geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence for an unusual tsunami or store a few centuries ago at Anegada, British Virgin Islands. Natural Hazards, doi:10.1007/s11069-010-9622-6.

Tang, L., V. Titov, Y. Wei, H.O. Mofjeld, M. Spillane, D. Arcas, E.N. Bernard, C. Chamberlin, E. Gica, and J. Newman (2008). Tsunami forecast analysis for the May 2006 Tonga tsunami. Journal of Geophysical Research – Ocean, 113, C12015, doi:10.1029/2008JC004922.

Wei, Y., E.N. Bernard, L. Tang, R. Weiss, V.V. Titov, C. Moore, M. Spillane, M. Hopkins, and U. Kanaglu (2008). Real-time experimental forecast of the Peruvian tsunami of August 2007 for U.S. coastlines. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L04609, doi:10.1029/2007GL032250.

Wei, Y., Mao, X.Z., and Cheung, K.F., (2006). Well-balanced finite volume model for long wave runup.  Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 132(2), 114-124.

Yamazaki, Y., Wei, Y., Cheung, K.F., and Curtis, G.D., (2006). Forecast of tsunamis from the Japan-Kuril-Kamchatka source region. Natural Hazards, 38, 411-435.

Wei, Y., Cheung, K.F., Curtis, G.D., and McCreery, C.S., (2003). Inverse algorithm for tsunami forecasts. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 129(2), 1-10.

Cheung, K.F., Phadke, A.C., Wei, Y., Rojas, R., Douyere, Y.J.-M, Martino, C.D., Houston, S.H., Liu, P.L.-F., Lynett, P.J., Dodd, N., Liao, S., and Nazkazaki, E., (2003). Modeling of storm-induced coastal flooding for emergency management. Ocean Engineering, 30(11), 1353-1386.