Royal Meteorological Society talk: Weird Water Waves: Meteorological Tsunamis

Speaker: David Williams, PhD Student, National Oceanography Centre, University of Liverpool.

A meteotsunami is a wave that behaves just like an earthquake-generated tsunami, but is created by the atmosphere. Normally, less than a metre high, and unnoticeable, but, they can get as big as a double decker bus, destroying boats and seriously injuring or killing people.

In this talk, David will focus on how meteotsunamis have affected the UK and Western Europe in the past, how much we currently understand them, and the hurdles we must overcome to predict them in the future.

About the Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Centre.

The Yorkshire Centre is one of several local centres around the UK that organise regular meetings for those interested in all aspects of meteorology. Speakers present talks on a variety of topics and the meetings provide an opportunity to meet other members socially. 

Unless stated otherwise, all meetings are held in the Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The talks are free and open to members and non-members alike. 

The Yorkshire Local Centre Committee 2018-2019

Chair - Dorian Speakman
Secretary - John Goulding
Treasurer - Lindsay Bennett
Publicity team - Kamalika Sengupta, Beth Woodhams and Ben Pickering
Committee Officers - David Cherry, Clive Mills-Hicks, Victoria Smith and Jim McQuaid

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