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Regional Training Workshop on Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) Enhanced Tsunami Products for ICG/CARIBE EWS

Event Type Training Course
Date(s)(yyyy-mm-dd) Start: 2015-12-07 - End: 2015-12-10
Location Bridgetown, Barbados
Summary Eleven percent of the world’s fatal tsunamis over history have occurred in the Caribbean and its adjacent seas, including the Atlantic, with almost 100 tsunamis having impacted 23 countries of the region. Member States of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS) are preparing to face the dangers of tsunamis from distant, regional and local sources. Many Caribbean Member countries depend primarily on the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) for the advice to their Tsunami Warning Focal Points and National Tsunami Warning Centres. With the ongoing implementation of the PTWC new enhanced tsunami products, it is of utmost importance to train Member States to continue receive and accurately interpret messages in order to respond to a tsunami in a timely and responsible manner to save lives. Significant scientific and technological advances have been made to better forecast tsunami impacts in real time and to present forecast information graphically since the establishment of the current PTWC products for the CARIBE-EWS. Based on these advances and IOC TOWS Working Group recommendations for more globally consistent and useful Tsunami Service Provider products, the ICG/CARIBE-EWS has approved the dissemination of the PTWC Enhanced Tsunami Products to Member States. In the proposed PTWC implementation schedule the plan is to begin issuance of the enhanced products in parallel with current products to the CARIBE-EWS on 26 October 2015 with full transition to the new products on 1st March 2016. These new products put more responsibility on the national and local authorities for developing and issuing the corresponding warning products. The workshop will be conducted in English through lecture-discussion, multimedia presentations and simulations with the aim to train participants in the interpretation and implementation of the new suite of enhanced operational tsunami forecast products. The workshop is being organised by the Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO/IOC), the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), The US NWS Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program (CTWP) and the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU), Barbados in collaboration with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Scientists (UCAR) Joint Office of Science Support, NOAA, NWS, U.S.A. Financial support is being provided by the UNESCO/IOC and the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).

Event Entered By Bernardo ALIAGA
Organisers Bernardo ALIAGA
Laura KONG
Alison BROME
Staff Bernardo ALIAGA

Group(s): IOC , Tsunami
Created: 2015-11-05 17:35:21
Last Updated: 2015-12-08 17:49:53