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Press Conference – Mitigating tsunami risk with early warning systems
Wednesday, 25 April, 15h00
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan highlighted the need to further improve the efficiency and accuracy of local tsunami warning systems. Effective tsunami alerts must be issued as early as 5 to 10 minutes after an earthquake but, within this time limit, current seismic methods tend to underestimate the magnitude of an earthquake, and the size of the resulting giant wave. Recent research shows that we are working towards faster and more reliable tsunami early warning systems but many challenges persist in communicating and managing crises as they happen.

Summary by J. Moßgraber (PDF)


Great Debate on: The Role and Responsibilities of Geoscientists for Warning and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
Conveners: Stefano Tinti, Charlotte Krawczyk
Thu, 26 Apr, 12:15–13:15
"Geoscientists are specialists that deliver their research results to different authorities and levels in the society in order to inform about the current status of knowledge on geoprocesses and the possibilities to use this knowledge. This is of growing interest, and with respect to natural hazards especially for large events like earthquakes or floods.
Thereby, scientists and recipients of the information are faced with a variety of responsibilities. These concern amongst others (1) the basic science (development of accurate physics-based or statistical methodologies to forecast a phenomenon and probabilities), (2) the dissemination of scientific results to the public (websites, webportals, scientific documentation, outreach activities, etc.), and (3) the awareness of policy and decision makers in receiving this information (and translating it with appropriate tools to a better preparedness of the society).

The aim of this debate is to bring together specialists from different disciplines and policy makers to discuss with the audience the problems and key issues of liability and responsibility arising by the release of authoritative information.

The panelists are:
Massimo Cocco (INGV, Italy), seismologist; Bruno Merz (GFZ, Potsdam, Germany), expert on river floods; Peter Billing (European Commission), responsible of the European Civil Protection system; Gero Michel (Willis RE, UK) from the insurance world.


NH5.7/ESSI1.7 Architecture of Future Tsunami Warning Systems (co-organized) – Abstracts and Posters
Convener: J. Wächter, Co-Conveners: Z. A. Sabeur, K. Watson, S. Tinti

R. Häner and J. Wächter
Abstract: The TRIDEC System-of-Systems; Choreography of large-scale concurrent tasks in Natural Crisis Management

M. Lendholt, M. Hammitzsch, and M.A. Esbri Palomares
Abstract: A communication model for interlinking national tsunami early warning systems

P. Löwe, M. Hammitzsch, A. Babeyko, and J. Wächter
Abstract: The TRIDEC Virtual Tsunami Atlas - customized value-added simulation data products for Tsunami Early Warning generated on compute clusters

A. Babeyko and A. Hoechner
Abstract: Accuracy of tsunami source inversion with real-time GPS

S. Tinti, A. Armigliato, G. Pagnoni, and F. Zaniboni
Abstract: Building strategies for tsunami scenarios databases to be used in a tsunami early warning decision support system: an application to western Iberia

M. Hammitzsch, O. Necmioglu, S. Reißland, M. Lendholt, M. Comoglu, N.M. Ozel, and J. Wächter
Abstract: TRIDEC Natural Crisis Management Demonstrator for Tsunamis

M. A. Esbri Palomares, M. Hammitzsch, and M. Lendholt
Abstract: A hazard-independent approach for the standardised multi-channel dissemination of warning messages

S. Gensch
Abstract: The Sensor Integration Platform TSB - current status and outlook

S. Reißland, S. Herrnkind, M. Guenther, A. Babeyko, M. Comoglu, and M. Hammitzsch
Abstract: Experiences integrating autonomous components and legacy systems into tsunami early warning systems

S. Gensch, M. Günther, and R. Henneberger
Abstract: Monitoring and Maintenance of the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS)

L. Lindner, S. Gensch, R. Henneberger, M. Lendholt, and M. Hammitzsch
Abstract: An Alternative for In-Depth Monitoring of Tsunami Early Warning Systems

F. Riedel, F. Chaves, and H. Zeiner
Abstract: Flexible Early Warning Systems with Workflows and Decision Tables
Poster (PDF)
Full Paper (PDF)

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Z. A. Sabeur, J. Wächter, S. E. Middleton, Z. Zlatev, R. Häner, M. Hammitzsch, and P. Löwe
Abstract: Knowledge base and sensor bus messaging service architecture for critical tsunami warning and decision-support

Z. A. Sabeur, B. Arbab-Zavar, R. Samperio, A. Armigliato, R. Omira, J. Wächter, and S. Tinti
Abstract: Automated detection of tsunamigenic signatures and reporting using multi-scale offshore in situ measurements for early tsunami warning and critical decision-support

A. N. Küppers
Abstract: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Remarks on data policies, their influence on system architecture, and the resilience of circumbasin countries against tsunami

A. Arnaout, R. Fruhwirth, M. Winter, B. Esmael, and G. Thonhauser
Abstract: Model-Based Hookload Monitoring and Prediction at Drilling Rigs using Neural Networks and Forward-Selection Algorithm
Poster (PDF)

B. Esmael, R. Fruhwirth, A. Arnaout, and G. Thonhauser
Abstract: Operations Recognition at Drill-Rigs
Presentation Slides (PDF)

B. Jandl, M. Winter, R. Fruhwirt, F. Riedel, and H. Zeiner
Abstract: Rig Side Online Drilling Support System for Prediction and Prevention of Upcoming Crises

A. Zielinski, U. Bürgel, L. Middleton, S.E: Middleton, L. Tokarchuk, K. Watson, and F. Chaves
Abstract: Multilingual Analysis of Twitter News in Support of Mass Emergency Events