Publications in peer reviewed research journals.


Thomas, K.-L., Kaiser, L., Campbell, E., Johnston, D., Campbell, H., Solomon, R., King, D., Jack, H., Borrero, J., Northern, A. and Callan, J. (2019) Disaster memorial events for increasing awareness and preparedness: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Arica tsunami , Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, In Press.

Borrero, J.C. O’Day, C. and Rifai, J. (2019) Application of Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch Data for Analyzing Surf Breaks, Journal of Coastal Research, SI 87 DOI: 10.2112/SI87-006.


Lane, E., Borrero, J., Whitaker, C., Bind, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Goring, D., Hoyle, J., Mueller, C., Power, W., Reid, C., Williams, J. and Williams, S. (2017) Effects of inundation by the 14th November, 2016 Kaikōura tsunami on Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Submitted

Power, W., Clark, K., Ngaru-King, D., Howarth, J., Borrero, J., Lane, E., Goff, J., Chague-Goff, C., Williams, J., Reid, C., Whittaker, C., Mueller, C., Williams, S., Goring, D., Hughes, M., Hoyle, J., Bind, J., Strong, D., Lichtfield, N., and Benson, A. (2017) , Tsunami runup observations from the 14 November 2016 M7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, New Zealand, Pure and Applied Geophysics, in preparation.


Borrero, J.C., Lynett, P.J. and Kalligeris, N. (2015) Tsunami Currents in Ports, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, in press.

Borrero, J.C. and Goring, D.G. (2015) South American Tsunamis in Lyttelton Harbor, New Zealand, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 10.1007/s00024-014-1026-1


Borrero, J.C., Goring, D.G., Greer, S.D. and Power, W.L. (2014) Tsunami Hazards in New Zealand Ports, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 1007/s00024-014-0987-4

Erikson, M., Lebreton, L., Carson, H., Thiel, M., Moore, C., Borrero, J.C., Galgani, F., Ryan, P. and Reisser, J. (2014) Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea, PLoS ONE 9(12): e111913. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0111913.

Lynett, P.J., Borrero, J.C., Son, S., Wilson, R.W. and Miller , K. (2014) Assessment of the tsunami-induced current hazard, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2013GL058680

Borrero, J.C., Kalligeris, N., Lynett, P.J., Fritz, H.M., Newman, A.V. and Convers, J.A. (2014) Observations and Modeling of the August 27, 2012 Earthquake and Tsunami affecting El Salvador and Nicaragua, Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI 10.1007/s00024-014-0782-2

Vetger, A.C. and 25 co-authors (2014) Global research priorities for the management and mitigation of plastic pollution on marine wildlife (in press).


Lebreton, L. and Borrero J.C., (2013) Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 66, 53-58 DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.11.013.

Borrero, J.C. and Greer, S.D., (2013), Comparison of the 2010 Chile and 2010 Japan tsunamis in the Far-field, Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI: 10.1007/s00024-012-0559-4.

Borrero, J., Bell, R., Csato, C., DeLange, W., Greer, D., Goring, D., Pickett, V. and Power, W. (2013) Observations, Effects and Real Time Assessment of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki Tsunami in New Zealand, Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI: 10.1007/s00024-012-0492-6.


Hill, E, Borrero, J., Huang, Z., Qiu, Q., Banerjee, P., Natawidjaja, D., Elosegui, P., Fritz, H., Pranantyo, I., Li, L., Macpherson, K., Skanavis, V., Synolakis, C., and Sieh, K. (2012), The 2010 Mw 7.8 Mentawai earthquake: Very shallow source of a rare tsunami earthquake determined from tsunami field survey and near-field GPS. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B06402, DOI:10.1029/2012JB009159.

Lynett, P., Borrero, J., Weiss, R., Son, S., Greer, D., Renteria, W. (2012) Observations and Modeling of Tsunami-Induced Currents in Ports and Harbors, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 327-328 (68-74).

Lebreton, L.C.-M., Greer, S.D. and Borrero J.C., (2012) Numerical modelling of floating debris in the world’s oceans. Mar. Pollut. Bull., doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.10.027.


Okal, E.A. and Borrero, J.C. (2011) The “tsunami earthquake” of 22 June 1932 in Manzanillo, Mexico: Seismological study and tsunami simulations, Geophysical Journal International, 187, 1443–1459.

Fritz, H.M., Borrero, J.C., Synolakis, C.E., Okal, E.A., Weiss, R., Titiov, V., Jaffee, B., Foteinis, S., Lynett, P., Chan, I., and Liu, P.L-F (2011) Insights on the 2009 South Pacific Tsunami in Samoa and Tonga from Field Surveys and Numerical Simulations, Earth Sci. Revs., 107, 66–75.

Okal, E.A., J.C. Borrero, and C. Chagué-Goff (2011) Tsunamigenic predecessors to the 2009 Samoa earthquake, Earth Sci. Revs., 107, 128 – 140.

Prasetya, G., Borrero, J., de Lange, W., Black, K., and Healy, T., Modelling of inundation on Banda Aceh, Indonesia during the great Sumatra tsunamis December 26, 2004. Natural Hazards, DOI 10.1007/s11069-010-9710-7.

Barberopoulou, A., Borrero, J.C., Uslu, B., Legg, M. and Synolakis, C.E. (2011) A Second Generation of Tsunami Inundation Maps for the State of California, Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI10.1007/s00024-011-0293-3

Prasetya, G., Black, K., de Lange, W., Borrero, J. Healy, T. (2011) Debris dispersal modeling for the great Sumatra Tsunamis on Banda Aceh and surrounding waters Natural Hazards DOI 10.1007/ s11069-011-9903-8


Borrero, J.C., McAdoo, B., Jaffe, B., Dengler, L., Gelfenbaum, G., Higman, B., Hidayat, R., Moore, A., Kongko, W., Lukijanto, Peters, R., Prasetya, G., Titov, V., Yulianto, E. (in press) Field Survey of the March 28, 2005 Nias-Simeulue Earthquake and Tsunami, Pure and Applied Geophysics

Emile A. Okal, Hermann M. Fritz, Costas E. Synolakis, José C. Borrero, Robert Weiss, Patrick J. Lynett, Vasily V. Titov, Spyros Foteinis, Bruce E. Jaffe, Philip L.-F. Liu, and I-chi Chan Field Survey of the Samoa Tsunami of 29 September 2009 Seismological Research Letters 81(4): 577-591


Borrero, J.C., Weiss, R., Okal, E., Hidayat, R., Suranto, Arcas, D., and Titov, V.V., (2009), The Tsunami of September 12, 2007, Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, Indonesia: Post-Tsunami Field Survey and Numerical Modeling, Geophysical Journal International, Vol 178, p. 180–194 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.04058.x

Barberpoulou, A., Borrero, J.C., Kalligeris, N., Goltz, J.D., Wilson, R.I. and Synolakis, C.E. (2009) Unprecedented coverage of the Californian coast promises improved tsunami preparedness. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Accepted for publication.


Borrero, J.C., Weiss, R., Okal, E., Hidayat, R., Suranto, Arcas, D., and Titov, V.V., (2008), The Tsunami of September 12, 2007, Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, Indonesia: Post-Tsunami Field Survey and Numerical Modeling, Geophysical Journal International, Accepted for Publication.

Dengler, L.A., Uslu, B., Barberpoulou, A., Borrero, J.C., and Synolakis, C. (2008). The Vulnerability of crescent city, California, to Tsunamis Generated by Earthquakes in the Kuril Islands Region of the Northwestern Pacific, Seismological Research Letters, Vol. 79, No. 5, September/October, 2008, 608 – 619.

Fritz, H. M., Kalligeris, N., Borrero, J.C., Broncano, P., and Ortega, E. (2008). 15 August 2007 Peru tsunami runup observations and modeling, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 35, L10604, doi:10.1029/2008GL033494, 2008.


Uslu, B., Borrero, J.C., Dengler, L., and Synolakis, C.E. (2007). Tsunnami Inundation at Crescent City, California generated by earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 34, L20601.

Mead, S.T., Borrero, J.C., Black, K.P., Anderson, K. (2007). Multi-Faceted Beach Management at St. Francis Bay Beach, South Africa, Shore and Beach, V 75 (4): 43 – 54.

B.G McAdoo, Richardson N., and Borrero J.C. (2007). Inundation distances and run-up measurements from ASTER, QuickBird and SRTM data, Aceh coast, Indonesia. International Journal of Remote Sensing V28, No. 13-14, July 2007.


Satake, K., E.A. Okal, and J.C. Borrero (2006), Tsunami and its hazard in the Indian and Pacific Oceans: Introduction to the topical issue, Pure Appl. Geophys., 164, 249-259, 2007.

Borrero, J.C., Sieh, K., Chlieh, M. and Synolakis, C.E. (2006), Tsunami Inundation Modeling for Western Sumatra, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, V. 103, No. 52, p. 19673 – 19677.

E.A. Okal, J.C. Borrero, and C.E. Synolakis (2006) Evaluation of Tsunami Risk from Regional Earthquakes at Pisco, Peru. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 96, 1634-1648.

J.C. Borrero, C.E. Synolakis, H.M Fritz (2006) Northern Sumatra Field Survey after the December 2004 Great Sumatra Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami, Earthquake Spectra, V 22, S3, June 2006, S93 – S104.

Bruce E. Jaffe, Jose C. Borrero, Gegar S. Prasetya, Robert Peters, Brian McAdoo, Guy Gelfenbaum, Robert Morton, Peter Ruggiero, Bretwood Higman, Lori Dengler, Rahman Hidayat, Ettiene Kingsley, Widjo Kongko, Lukijanto, Andrew Moore et al. (2006) Northwest Sumatra and Offshore Islands Field Survey after the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Earthquake Spectra, V 22, S3, June 2006, S105 – S135.

H.M. Fritz and J.C. Borrero (2006) Somalia Field Survey after the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Earthquake Spectra, V 22, S3, June 2006, S219 – S233.

Fritz, H.M., J.C. Borrero, C.E. Synolakis, J.Yoo (2006) 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami flow velocity measurements from survivor videos, Geophysical Research Letters, V 33.


Borrero, J.C. (2005). Field Data and Satellite Imagery of Tsunami Effects in Banda Aceh, Science, V. 308, p. June 10, 2005.

Borrero, J.C. (2005). Field Survey of Northern Sumatra and Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the Tsunami and Earthquake of 26 December 2004, Seismological Research Letters V. 74, No. 3, 309 – 317, May/June 2005.

Liu, P. L.-F. and Wu, T.-R. and Raichlen, F. and Synolakis, C. E. and Borrero, J. C. (2005) Runup and rundown generated by three-dimensional sliding masses. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 536 (1). pp. 107-144. ISSN 0022-1120.


Borrero, J.C., Legg, M.R., and Synolakis (2004). C.E., Nearshore Tsunami Sources in Southern California, Geophysical Research Letters. Vol 31, July 2004.

Legg, M.R., J.C. Borrero, C.E. Synolakis (2004). Tsunami Hazards from the Catalina Fault Offshore Southern California, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 20, No. 3, p. 917 – 950, August 2004.

Okal, E.A., J.C. Borrero, and C.E. Synolakis (2004). The earthquake and tsunami of 17 November 1865: Evidence for farfield tsunami hazard from Tonga. Geology and Geophysics International, V.157, 164-174, 2004.


Lynett, P.J., J.C. Borrero, P.L.-F. Liu, and C.E. Synolakis (2003). Field Survey and Numerical Simulations: A Review of the 1998 Papua New Guinea Earthquake and Tsunami. Pure and Applied Geophysics, V. 160, no. 10-11, pp. 2119 – 2146, October 2003.

Borrero, J.C., J. Bu, C. Saiang, B. Uslu, J. Freckman, B. Gomer, E.A. Okal, and C.E. Synolakis (2003). Field survey and preliminary modeling of the Wewak, Papua New Guinea earthquake and tsunami of September 9, 2002, Seismological Research Letters, V. 74, No.4, pp.393 – 405, July/August 2003.

Okal, E.A., G. Plafker, C.E. Synolakis, and J.C. Borrero (2003). Near-field survey of the 1946 Aleutian tsunami on Unimak and Sanak Islands, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer., V. 93, No. 3, pp. 1226 – 1234, June 2003.


Okal, E.A., L. Dengler, S. Araya, J.C. Borrero, B. Gomer, S. Koshimura, G. Laos, D. Olcese, M. Ortiz, M. Swensson, V.V. Titov, and F. Vegas (2002), A field survey of the Camaná, Peru tsunami of June 23, 2001, Seismological Research Letters., 73, 904-917, 2002

Okal, E.A., C.E. Synolakis, G.J. Fryer, P. Heinrich, J.C. Borrero, C. Ruscher, D. Arcas, G. Guille, and D. Rousseau, A field survey of the 1946 Aleutian tsunami in the far field, Seismological Research Letters, 73, 490-503, 2002.

Okal, E.A., G.J. Fryer, J.C. Borrero, and C. Ruscher (2002). The landslide and local tsunami of 13 September 1999 on Fatu-Hiva (Marquesas Islands; French Polynesia), Bull. Soc. Géol. France, 173, 359-367, 2002.

Synolakis, C.E., J.-P. Bardet, J.C. Borrero, H.L. Davies, E.A. Okal, E.A. Silver, S. Sweet, and D.R. Tappin (2002). The slump origin of the 1998 Papua New Guinea tsunami, Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Ser. A, 458, 763-789, 2002.


Borrero, J.C., Dolan, J., Synolakis, C.E., Tsunami Sources Within the Eastern Santa Barbara Channel, Geophysical Research Letters, V. 28 (4), 643-647.


Kawata, Y., B. Benson, J.C. Borrero, J.L. Borrero, H.L. Davies, W.P. deLange, F. Imamura, H. Letz, J. Nott, and C.E. Synolakis Tsunami in Papua New Guinea was as Intense as First Thought, Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Cover Article, V. 80, # 9, March 2, 1999.


Borrero J.C., Titov, V., Ortiz, M. and Synolakis, C. E., Mexican Earthquake Generates Tsunami, New Data and Unusual Photos, Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Cover Article, Vol. 78, # 8, Feb. 25, 1997.