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The power of the sea : tsunamis, storm surges, rogue waves, and our quest to predict disasters

by Parker, Bruce B.

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"Classics from Moby Dick to A Perfect Storm have sought to capture mankind's obsession with the might and the mystery of the sea. And the greatest minds for centuries, including Isaac Newton, Napoleon, and Benjamin Franklin, have worked to understand and predict when its next act of destruction will... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • When the sea turns against us : escaping the sea's fury through prediction
  • The earliest predictions for the sea : the tide
  • The moon, the sun, and the sea : the tide predictions for D-Day
  • The sea's greatest killer : predicting storm surges
  • Defending our coasts : flooded cities
  • Stormy seas : predicting sea, swell, and surf
  • "Holes" in the surface of the sea : rogue waves
  • The sea;s response to an unpredictable Earth : trying to predict tsunamis
  • December 26, 2004 (part 1) : tragic surprise in the Indian Ocean
  • December 26, 2004 (part 2) : learning from a tragedy
  • Predicting the future
  • and saving lives : El Niño, climate change, and the Global Ocean Observing System.