Reducing the Impact: U.S. Tsunami Forecast Modeling and Mapping Efforts

2005 ESRI International User Conference, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs Session, Paper UC2471

Angie J. Venturato, Vasily V. Titov, Diego Arcas, Frank I. Gonzalez, and Chris D. Chamberlin

“U.S. tsunami preparedness efforts have been accelerated due to the devastating 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the lead agency for providing tsunami forecasts and warnings to U.S. coasts. The NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) plays an integral role in this effort through development of the tsunami forecast modeling system and development of standards and procedures for inundation modeling studies of at-risk communities. This presentation will provide an overview of PMEL Indian Ocean Tsunami model simulations and the role of GIS in U.S. tsunami modeling efforts.”