Kwok Fai Cheung, a UH Sea Grant funded researcher and professor of ocean and resources engineering at UH Mānoa, was recently highlighted by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office as part of their Tsunami Preparedness Week spotlight series.
With funding from Hawaii Sea Grant, Cheung has developed tsunami forecast methodology and a tsunami inundation model. While he has known he wanted to be a scientist since childhood, he never expected to be doing so much outreach.
According to the National Sea Grant Office, Cheung spends quite a lot of his time working with civil defense personnel on emergency planning.
My expertise is ocean wave modeling, which includes wind waves, swells, storm tides, and tsunamis,” Cheung said. “All of my research work is motivated by needs. Hawaii is subject to tsunamis generated from around the Pacific Rim, and is among all the states, sustained the most severe tsunami damage and the highest casualties.”
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