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Daniel T. Cox, Ph.D.

Professor, Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program, Oregon State University

220 Owen Hall
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
Oregon State University
Corvalis, OR 97221-2302

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Phone: (541) 737-3631
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Vertical evacuation (going to the tallest area around) is key to surviving many tsunamis. Retrofit old buildings or design new buildings with vertical evacuation in mind. The likelihood of having a major tsunami hit the West Coast of the United States is 1 in 7 in the next 50 years.


Daniel Cox is a professor of coastal and ocean engineering at Oregon State University. Cox studies the impact of tsunamis and ocean waves on coastal structures. He can discuss how tsunamis vary in behavior as they approach coastal areas, depending on terrain, and the resulting damage they may induce. Topics of interest include: design and performance of coastal structures, particularly during tsunamis; effect of near-shore ocean terrain on tsunami behavior; and tsunami debris.