Harindra Joseph S. Fernando directs the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Program at Arizona State University. His research and observations have shown that coral reefs, which may sometimes be removed by mining, sand dunes and mangroves may mitigate damage done by a tsunami. Simply put, such structures reduce friction which would slow waves.[1]


  1. "On the Ground and in the Water, Tracing a Giant Wave’s Path" A conversation with Harindra Joseph S. Fernando by Claudia Dreifus in The New York Times December 25, 2007

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