Project Overview

Most coastlines in the Philippines are naturally prone to storm surges because they are situated along the path of typhoons. Moreover, the archipelago is also bounded by trenches and traversed by active faults that can generate earthquakes and potentially induce local tsunamis.

This project aims to examine coastal change from washover deposits of recent marine inundation events in the Philippines - the storm deposit left behind by Super Typhoon Durian in December 2006 in Albay province, and the tsunami deposit of the November 1994 event in northern Mindoro. The spatial distribution of the washover deposits will help us map areas that are vulnerable to such hazards. Also, with the hypothesis that other storm or tsunami events most likely occurred in the past, and were preserved in the coastal sequences, return periods will be determined. The spatial and temporal reconstructions of these marine inundation events are useful in developing appropriate adaptation strategies to minimize socio-economic impact. 

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The Team



Principal Investigator


Dr. Fernando P. Siringan - Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Quezon City
Dr. Arturo S. Daag - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippines

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