Maritime Sector Strategies to Augment Tsunami Monitoring

22 Aug 2019 to 23 Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore
By invitation only

The Roundtable event on “Maritime Sector Strategies to Augment Tsunami Monitoring with Economic, Safety and Environmental Co-benefits” will be held on 22 August 2019, followed by a “Next Steps” and preparation meeting on 23 August 2019 in Singapore.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the critical role of partnerships in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. The importance of collaboration and partnerships between different stakeholders (public, private and civil society) is both reflected in the means of implementation, and through a goal in its own right (SDG 17). One area where public-private collaboration and partnerships can be useful to both the public and private sector is in enhancing tsunami monitoring.

Difficulties in our comprehension of earthquake and tsunami hazards emphasize the need for more densely-spaced observing capabilities for more accurate and cost-effective tsunami preparedness. Despite the advances in tsunami monitoring and modeling technology over the last decade, there are too few rapidly available observations of tsunamis to support sufficiently accurate and timely predictions required for hazard response agencies to be able to provide the best possible response to tsunami events.

Further, current tsunami buoy systems are expensive to build and maintain, so only a limited number are deployed. Gaps in the coverage of the network, as well as routine outages of instruments, limit the ability of current detection systems to accurately assess the hazard posed by each event. In addition to the sheer costs of maintaining such systems, vandalism, theft, limited budgets, and technical damage mean that a fair fraction of all tsunami buoys are not functioning.

Thus, the objective of the Roundtable is to engage the maritime sector and submarine telecommunications networks on strategies to make use of high accuracy GPS and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) data with ships, and radar/laser sea surface height (for stationary platforms), and dedicated ocean floor cable-based observatories, respectively, to augment tsunami monitoring in a more cost-effective and more maintainable manner. These strategies have economic, safety and environmental co-benefits for the maritime and subsea telecommunications industries.