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  • Title: Cascading Hazards: Understanding Triggering Relations Between Wet Tropical Cyclones, Landslides and Earthquakes
  • Principal Investigator: Shimon Wdowinski
  • Funding Amount: $1,221,371
  • Funding Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Timeline: 06/28/17–06/26/21

Two recent devastating earthquakes and other moderate size earthquakes occurred in tropical mountainous areas shortly after wet tropical cyclones (hurricane or typhoon) hit the same areas. 

This project is aimed at studying two ideas: 1) massive erosion induced by wet tropical cyclones can trigger earthquakes in seismically active mountainous areas, and 2) pore fluid increase induced by wet cyclones can trigger earthquakes in the same tectonic environment.

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  • 2021

    Havazli, E., & Wdowinski, S. (2021). Detection Threshold Estimates for InSAR Time Series: A Simulation of Tropospheric Delay Approach. Sensors, 21(4), 1124.

    Orhan, O., Oliver-Cabrera, T., Wdowinski, S., Yalvac, S., & Yakar, M. (2021). Land Subsidence and Its Relations with Sinkhole Activity in Karapınar Region, Turkey: A Multi-Sensor InSAR Time Series Study. Sensors, 21(3), 774. 

  • 2020

    Bock, Y., & Wdowinski, S. (2020). GNSS Geodesy in Geophysics, Natural Hazards, Climate, and the Environment. Position, Navigation, and Timing Technologies in the 21st Century, 741–820. 

    Govorčin, M., Wdowinski, S., Matoš, B., & Funning, G. J. (2020). Geodetic Source Modeling of the 2019 M w 6.3 Durrës, Albania, Earthquake: Partial Rupture of a Blind Reverse Fault. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(22), 0. 

    Li, S., Wdowinski, S., Hsu, Y. ‐. J., & Shyu, J. B. H. (2020). Earthquake Interactions in Central Taiwan: Probing Coulomb Stress Effects Due to M L ≥ 5.5 Earthquakes From 1900 to 2017. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125(8), 0.

    Solano-Rojas, D., Cabral-Cano, E., Fernández-Torres, E., Havazli, E., Wdowinski, S., & Salazar-Tlaczani, L. (2020). Remotely triggered subsidence acceleration in Mexico City induced by the September 2017 Mw 7.1 Puebla and the Mw 8.2 Tehuantepec September 2017 earthquakes. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 382, 683–687.

    Oliver-Cabrera, T., Wdowinski, S., Kruse, S., & Robinson, T. (2020). InSAR Detection of Localized Subsidence Induced by Sinkhole Activity in Suburban West-Central Florida. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 382, 155–159. 

    Wdowinski, S., Oliver-Cabrera, T., & Fiaschi, S. (2020). Land subsidence contribution to coastal flooding hazard in southeast Florida. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 382, 207–211.

    Fiaschi, S., & Wdowinski, S. (2020). Local land subsidence in Miami Beach (FL) and Norfolk (VA) and its contribution to flooding hazard in coastal communities along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, 187, 105078.