Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Dr. sc., Civil Engineering, ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, 2002
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, 1997

Dr. Hermann Fritz is an associate professor of civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is an expert on tsunamis and coastal hazards, such as hurricane storm surges and submarine landslides, as well as their mitigation and coastal protection. Dr. Fritz has led or participated in more than a dozen post-disaster reconnaissance campaigns encompassing tsunami, hurricane, landslide, and earthquake events.

Tsunami Surveys: 2004 Indian Ocean (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Somalia, Madagascar, Oman, Yemen, Comoros), 2006 Java, 2007 Solomon Islands and Peru, 2009 Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga, 2010 Solomon Islands, Haiti, Chile, and Mentawai Islands, 2011 Japan, 2012 El Salvador, 2013 Solomon Islands, 2014 Chile.
Hurricane Surveys: 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2007 Tropical Cyclone Gonu (Oman), 2008 Tropical Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar), 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines), 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu).

Dr. Fritz's research centers on fluid dynamic aspects of natural hazards such as tsunamis, hurricane storm surges and landslides as well as their mitigation and coastal protection. Dr. Fritz obtained his Doctorate degree (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) in 2002 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland).
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Tsunamis, bores, non-linear and breaking waves
  • Subaerial and submarine landslides and oceanic volcano island collapses
  • Hurricane storm surges and coastal flooding Hydropower
  • Wave and tidal energy Hydraulic, coastal, marine and offshore structures
  • River engineering
  • Sediment transport and morphologic processes
  • Advanced whole field multi-dimensional laser measurement techniques
  • Numerical simulation of multiphase flows
  • Natural hazard mitigation and risk analysis
  • Natural and man-made hazards

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 04/2014. 2014 Plinius Medal, Natural Hazards Division, European Geoscience Union (EGU), Munich, Germany
  • 10/1995 Swiss Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers best officer school graduate 1995
  • 11/2014. Thank a Teacher certificate, Student Government Association (SGA), Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. (“In appreciation of your teaching style and dedication to helping students learn in CEE3040”)
  • 04/2014. 2014 Plinius Medal, Natural Hazards Division, European Geosciences Union (EGU, Munich, Germany) received at EGU General Assembly 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
  • 11/2013. Thank a Teacher certificate, Student Government Association (SGA), Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. (“In appreciation of your teaching style and dedication to helping students learn in CEE3040”)
  • 05/2006. 2005 Research Excellence Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah, GA, USA.
  • 04/2006. 2005 Excellence in Research Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Geist, E.L., Fritz, H.M., Rabinovich, A.B., Tanioka, Y. (2016). Introduction to “Global Tsunami Science: Past and Future, Volume 1”. Pure Appl. Geophys., 173(12): 3663-3669, doi:10.1007/s00024-016-1427-4.
  • Hébèrt, H., Didenkulova, I., Fritz, H.M., Papadopoulos, G.A. (2016). Preface: New challenges for tsunami science: understanding tsunami processes to improve mitigation and enhance early warning, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1855-1857, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1855-2016.
  • Pilarczyk, J.E., Horton, B.P., Soria, J.L.A., Switzer, A.D., Siringan, F., Fritz, H.M., Khan, N.S., Ildefonso, S., Ramos, R.D., Doctor, A. (2016). Micropaleontology of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan deposit from the Leyte Gulf, Philippines, Sedimentary Geology, 339:101-114, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.04.00
  • McFall, B.C., and Fritz, H.M. (2016). Physical modelling of tsunamis generated by 3D deformable granular landslides on planar and conical island slopes, Proc. R. Soc. A, 472(2188):20160052, doi:0.1098/rspa.2016.0052.
  • Soria, J.L.A., Switzer, A.D., Villanoy, C.L., Fritz, H.M., Bilgera, P.H.T., Cabrera, O.C., Siringan, F.P., Maria, Y.Y.-S., Ramos, R.D., Fernandez, I.Q. (2016). Repeat storm surge disasters of Typhoon Haiyan and its 1897 predecessor in the Philippines, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97(1):31-48, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00245.1.
BOOKS
  • Fritz, H.M., Blount, C.D., Thwin, S., Thu, M.K., Chan, N. (2010). Cyclone Nargis Storm Surge Flooding in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River delta. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 295-303. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Fritz, H.M, C.D., Blount, F.B. Albusaidi, A.H.M. Al-Harthy (2010). Cyclone Gonu Storm Surge in the Gulf of Oman. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 255-263. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Blount, C.D., H.M. Fritz, A.H.M. Al-Harthy (2010). Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Based on Historic Tropical Cyclones in the Arabian Sea. In: Y. Charabi (ed) Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climatic Change. Springer, New York, 207-214. ISBN: 978-90-481-3108-2. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3109-9.
  • Mohammed, F., H.M. Fritz (2010). Experiments on tsunamis generated by 3D granular landslides, D.C. Mosher et al. (eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, 4th Intl. Symposium, Series: Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 28:705-718, Springer, New York. ISBN 978-90-481-3070-2.
  • Fritz, H.M. (2006). Physical modeling of landslide generated tsunami. In: A. Mercado-Irizarry and P.L.-F. Liu (eds) Caribbean Tsunami Hazard. World Scientific, Singapore, 308-324.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Fritz, H.M., C. Martinez, J. Salado, W. Rivera (2016). Field survey of the 1946 Dominican Republic tsunami based on eyewitness interviews, Abstract NH51D-07 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12–16 December 2016.
  • Dura, T., B.P. Horton, B.T. MacInnes, N. Brennan, H.M. Fritz, L.L. Ely, M.A. Cisternas, R.L. Wesson, J. Pilarczyk, R.W. Briggs (2016). Sedimentary and diatom evidence of the 2015 tsunami on the north-central coast of Chile in the absence of significant coastal deformation, Abstract NH51D-01 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12–16 December 2016.
  • Lagos, M., and H.M. Fritz (2016). Field Survey of the 2015 Ilapel Tsunami in North Central Chile, Abstract NH41A-1762 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12–16 December 2016.
  • Hong, I., J. Pilarczyk, B.P. Horton, H.M. Fritz, T.J. Kosciuch, D.J. Wallace, C. Dike, A. Rarai, M.J. Harrison, F.R. Jockley (2016). Sedimentological characteristics of the 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam overwash deposits from Vanuatu, South Pacific, Abstract NH31A-1882 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12–16 December 2016.
  • Fritz, H.M., and A. Naderi Beni (2016). Cyclone Storm Surges in the Arabian Sea and Strait of Hormuz compared with historic Tsunamis, 3rd International Conference on Coastal Zone Engineering and Management in the Middle East (Arabian Coast 2016), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20–23 November 2016.
REPORTS
  • Fritz, H.M., R. Andrus, A. Martinez, F. Atalay, B. Bwambale, J. Varner, T. Bristol, B. Mogan, M. Setz, R. Bachus, G. Rix, N. Wainaina (2016). The Hydraulic and Geotechnical Aspects of the South Carolina Floods of October 1-5, 2015 Related to Offshore Hurricane Joaquin, GEER Association Report No. GEER-052.
  • Fritz, H.M. (2009). Satellite imagery based characterization of building damage due to Hurricane Katrina. On behalf of State Farm Insurance.
  • Hughes, J.B., H.M. Fritz, and K.C. Caravati (2007). Restoration Plan for the Cacongo Region Mangrove Lagoon, Cabinda, Angola. On behalf of Jodel Assessoria & Prestacao de Servicos, Luanda, Angola.
  • Fritz, H.M. (2002). Initial phase of landslide generated impulse waves. In: Minor, H.-E. (ed) VAW-Mitteilung 178. Versuchsanstalt für Wasserbau, Hydrologie und Glaziologie, ETH Zürich.
  • Fritz, H.M. (1997). Kraftwerk Wunderklingen: Beratung zum Problem der Ablargerungen im Zulaufkanal (Sedimentation at the Wunderklingen dam). VAW-Report 4117-25. Versuchsanstalt für Wasserbau, Hydrologie und Glaziologie, ETH Zürich. (in German)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Physical Modeling of Tsunamis generated by 3D granular Landslides in various Scenarios from Fjords to Conical Islands”, Workshop on Tsunamis due to subaerial and submarine landslides, Challenges and Directions Forward, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway (01/22/2015). (Invited)
  • “Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Coastal Structures”, UNESCO-IOC: ICG CARIBE EWS WG2 Experts Meeting Tsunami Hazard, DIMAR, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (12/02/2014). (invited in Spanish)
  • “Post-Tsunami Field Survey”, UNESCO-IOC: ICG IV CARIBE EWS short course on sea level station installation, maintenance and leveling, quality control and data analysis, Department of Geology and Puerto Rico Seismic Network, Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM), Mayagüez, PR (11/05/2014). (invited)
  • “Tsunamis Generados por Deslizamientos de Tierra Submarinos”, Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP), Iquique, Chile, (10/17/2014). (Presentation in Spanish, invited)
  • “Comparación de los maremotos del 2014 y 2010 en Chile con el impacto del 2011 tsunami en Japón”, Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP), Iquique, Chile, (10/15/2014). (Inagural Presentation in Spanish, invited)