Yong in his office

Yong Wei

  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Education:
    • PhD, Ocean Engineering, University of Hawaii, 2006
    • MS, Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, 1998
BA, Civil Engineering, Ocean University of China, 1995
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 206-526-6630
  • Location:
    • NOAA/PMEL, Building 3, Room 2088B

Tsunami modeling and forecast, coastal hazard mitigation, coastal flooding, geophysical data analysis, computational methods and water wave mechanics, tsunami loads and effects on structures.

Research Projects

  • Update UFC for Tsunami Coastal Inundation Mapping for DOD OCONUS (PI).
  • Tsunami Inundation modeling and debris tracking for the OSU Marine Science Institute Building (PI).
  • Development of probabilistic tsunami hazard maps of reference sites for benchmarking Hawaii Design Maps (PI).
  • Probabilistic Tsunami Design Maps for the ASCE 7-16 Standard (PI)

Selected publications

Savastano, G., A. Komjathy, O. Verkhoglyadova, O. Yang, A. Mazzoni, M. Crespi, Y. Wei and A.J. Mannucci (2017), Real-time detection of tsunami ionospheric disturbances with a stand-alone GNSS receiver: a preliminary feasibility demonstration, Scientific Reports (Nature), 7, 46607, doi:10.1038/srep46607.

Atwater, B.F., ten Brink, U.S., Cescon, A.L., Feuillet, N. Fuentes, Z., Halley, R.B., Reinhardt, E.G., Roger, J.H., Spiske, M., Tuttle, M.P., Wei, Y., Weil Accardo, J. (2017): Brain-coral evidence for a near-field tsunami of pre-Columbian age along the Puerto Rico Trench at Anegada, British Virgin Islands, GeoSphere, 13(2).

Naito, C., H.R. Riggs, Y. Wei, and C. Cercone (2016): Shipping container impact assessment for tsunamis. J. Waterw. Port Coast. Ocean Eng., 05016003, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000348.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.