International Tsunami Workshop from today

International Tsunami Workshop from today

A special 5day internationallevel workshop on Tsunami Warning Centre Operations and SOPs for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response will be...

Hyderabad : A special 5-day international-level workshop on Tsunami Warning Centre Operations and SOPs for 'Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response' will be inaugurated on Tuesday.

The workshop will be inaugurated by Dr. Madhavan N. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India in presence of Dr. S.S.C. Shenoi, Director, INCOIS, Dr. Srinivasa Kumar, Head-IOTWMS Secretariat, Dr. Andi Eka Sakya, Chair, ICG-IOTWMS and Dr. Ardito Kodijat, Head-IOTIC.

This workshop is the highlight of a set of integrated meetings related to tsunami warning and mitigation being hosted at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad since 26th June. Over 80 officials from 18 Countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom and Yemen) are participating in these meetings which are organised by the Secretariat for the ICG/IOTWMS based in Perth, Australia in association with the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Besides this workshop, other components of these meetings included training of officials for tsunami emergency maps, plans, procedure, meetings of core teams that handle tsunami warning activities etc.

This spate of meetings is a comprehensive preparation for the Indian Ocean Wave Exercise 2018 scheduled for 4 - 5 September 2018 in which several countries including India will test tsunami preparedness in real time.

After several years of international collaboration and development, facilitated and coordinated by IOC-UNESCO, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) became operational on 31st March 2013 with Tsunami Service Providers (TSPs) established by Australia, India and Indonesia independently providing tsunami advisory services to the Member States of the region. IOTWMS is focused towards sustenance and improvements to the system, as well as enhancing community awareness and response mechanisms

India's Tsunami Centre is part of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad. The Centre has achieved prominence due to its unique location-specific alert and standard operating procedure (SOP). The state-of the-art tsunami centre set up in 2007, serves 25 countries as a Tsunami warning Service Provider (TSP) recognized by UNESCO. In addition to this well established tsunami warning service, INCOIS provides a suite of ocean information services such as potential fishing zone advisories for fishermen, ocean state forecasts useful to marine-based industry, defense forces and the coastal population and other services to support India's extensive blue economy.

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