The co-operation with the Italian Department for Civil Protection will facilitate real time data exchange and timely alert© Dipartimento della Protezione Civile
Tsunami early warning: Co-operation with Italian Civil Protection
The JRC and the Italian Department for Civil Protection (DPC) on Wednesday 16 May agreed to strengthen their collaboration and jointly develop a tsunami alert system in the Mediterranean Sea. The four year collaboration agreement foresees data and knowledge exchange between the parties with the ultimate goal to increase the security of populations at risk of a tsunami.
In this context, the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) will provide its tsunami alert and monitoring systems to support decision making in the case of a tsunami. The use of common software and data will facilitate real time data exchange and hence timely action and alert.
JRC prototype systems include:
- a global database of pre-event calculated tsunami scenarios, which - for the Mediterranean area - includes about 8000 calculations based on historical tsunami events;
- a tsunami analysis software which calculates the wave height and propagation time;
- a Tsunami Alerting Device equipped with a siren which can directly alert population at risk. This device will be tested by the Italian authorities in a coastal area at potential risk of a tsunami.
The Italian civil protection authorities will contribute to the definition of further potential tsunami scenarios and will facilitate the use of real time seismic and sea level data.
The agreement builds on an UNESCO initiative to establish Regional Centres for Tsunami Early Warning in the Mediterranean area. The JRC has already established collaborations with other countries in the Mediterranean area, in particular with Portugal, Turkey and Greece, whereas collaboration possibilities are being explored with Romania, Spain and Morocco. The use of common software and data facilitates real time data exchange.