New book debates tsunami impact on coasts of Atlantic Europe

Posted on 18 May 2015
Professor Simon Haslett

Professor Simon Haslett

A University of Wales Professor has contributed to a new book examining spectacular coastal boulder deposits off the western coast of Ireland that contributes to a heated debate on the occurrence and impact of tsunami along the Atlantic coast of northwest Europe.

Entitled Origin and Formation of Coastal Boulder Deposits at Galway Bay and the Aran Islands and Western Ireland, Professor Simon Haslett, Professor of Physical Geography and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales, was a member of the international team of scientists from the University of Cologne (Germany), Southern Cross University (Australia) and the University of Wales, who co-authored the book.

Speaking about the subject matter, Professor Haslett said:

“Although tsunami are a very rare occurrence along the Atlantic coast of Europe they, nevertheless, do occur from time to time and gathering evidence, creating a record of their frequency, and understanding the nature and extent of their impact, is essential for allowing coastal communities to appreciate and manage the risks”.

Professor Haslett is a member of the joint Coastal and Marine Research Group of the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and has previously published extensively on evidence of possible tsunami occurrences around the UK.

Published last month by Springer, one of the world’s foremost Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishers, the new book is available to purchase online -

For information about the UW/UWTSD Coastal and Marine Research Group, please visit -


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