United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System to meet in Perth, Australia, August 3 to 5

The technical and scientific requirements for the newly established Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) are high on the agenda for the first meeting of the Systemís governing body, which will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from August 3 to 5*.

The IOTWS Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) was set up by the Assembly of UNESCOís Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in Paris last June. It is made up nations from the region, supported by a secretariat provided by the IOC.

The meeting in Perth will work on the technical plans for the System, including: seismic data and collection; sea level data collection and exchange; deep-sea pressure measurements; tsunami modelling, prediction and scenario development; warnings and alerts and centres; communication and information awareness; technology and technology transfer and sustainability.

The Coordination Group will also examine the national capacity of Indian Ocean countries to deal with tsunamis, based on assessments carried out over the past few months by teams of UNESCO Ė IOC experts. The 2005-2006 programme and budget for the System will be discussed, along with the secretariat and other governance arrangements.

The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning will consist of a coordinated network of national systems, whose assets will be owned and operated by the Member States hosting or otherwise taking responsibility for them. It is expected to be fully operational by July 2006.

*The meeting will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Perth (Weatern Australia).

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Publication Date 19 Jul 2005
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