The costal areas experience two high and two low tides daily.Tsun… The committee is optimistic that continued enhancements to the sea level monitoring component of the U.S. Tsunami Program can measurably mitigate the tsunami hazard and protect human lives and property for far-field events. A future broad upgrade of seismometers in the GSN may be important for tsunami warning. A tsunami can appear in a number of ways. Seismic networks that provide these data are operated and funded by many different agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), the UN Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), various universities in the United States, non-U.S. networks, and stations run by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) and the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WC/ATWC) themselves. None of these operations lie even remotely outside the capabilities of modern networks, computational workflows, and computing capabilities. Furthermore, this priority list should be merged with the results from the network coverage assessment (above) to determine the following: (1) maintenance priorities and schedules; (2) network expansion priorities; and (3) identification of critical stations that are not under U.S. control and may require either augmentation with new U.S. gauges or operations and maintenance support. Similar to open-ocean tsunami detection, tsunami forecast modeling has only recently become operational at the TWCs, as described below. The decision about the content of the first message from the TWCs is based solely on seismic parameters and the historical record, if any, of tsunamis emanating from the neighborhood of the earthquake. Therefore, the warning system needs to be prepared to respond to a range of scenarios. Although Cascadia is one of the most critical sites for U.S. tsunami warning in the near-field regions, Alaska and the Caribbean are also critical sites. Once a tsunami has been generated, its energy is distributed throughout the water column, regardless of the ocean's depth. SOURCE: Geist et al., 2007; with permission from Vasily Titov, NOAA/PMEL. Although the DART stations have their greatest value in discerning tsunami propagation characteristics in the open ocean, the inundation problem requires, ideally, sea level sensors along tsunami-prone coastlines because of the spatial variations in tsunami height that are produced by local bathymetry, coastal geometry, and the resultant system responses (e.g., coastal and harbor resonances). • Some times a tsunami causes the water near the shore to recede by 0.5 – 2.0 km, exposing the ocean floor, then the wave crest comes with a high speed. Ishii et al. RE: What does the ocean do just before a tsunami? View Answer, 6. In January 2008, NTHMP issued a report (National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, 2008) intended to identify vulnerabilities in the U.S. environmental data streams needed by the TWCs to effectively detect tsunamis and make accurate tsunami forecasts. In addition, Figure 4.6 shows the locations of 9 DART stations purchased, deployed, maintained, and operated by Chile, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The committee supports, and encourages the continuation of, NDBC’s recent effort (February 2010 workshop) to engage industry, academia. Furthermore, NDBC had no prior experience with seafloor instrumentation, acoustic modem. The radar stations are typically installed on high bluffs overlooking the shore, above any possible inundation. View Answer, 9. These sea level networks can also detect tsunamis from sources that fail to generate seismic waves or are generated by an earthquake on land that generates a sub-aerial and/or a seafloor landslide. This somewhat paradoxical result reflects the fact that a shallower source may create a locally larger deformation of the ocean floor, but over a smaller area. The TWCs have indicated they do not have the resources to properly maintain these gauges or to process, distribute, and archive the data. from the shore. View Answer, 10. The technique used for acoustics, however, is similar to seismic back-projection. Since then, the nation has made progress in several related areas on both the federal and state levels. One exceptional event has already occurred on one of JAMSTEC’s observatories, the Tokachi-oki site, which was located atop the source area of the 2003 Tokachi-Oki earthquake; for the first time ever, seafloor sensors observed the pressure variations of the tsunami at the instant of creation. A principal objective of NDBC’s effort to improve DART reliability is to reduce ship time costs. Recommendations to address these two concerns fall under the following categories: (1) prioritization and advocacy for seismic stations; (2) investigation and testing of additional seismic processing algorithms; and (3) adoption of new technologies. For example, Song (2007) used coastal GPS stations (E-W and N-S horizontal measurements) to infer displacements on the seafloor offshore using the location of the fault and inferring the vertical uplift from conservation of mass. A tsunami that is just a meter in height in the deep ocean can grow to tens of meters at the shoreline. As with the data received by the TWCs via the GTS after a tsunami-producing earthquake, the data flowing through SLSMF are not quality controlled, but the website provides additional metadata for most of the non-U.S. stations. numerous earthquake scenarios and under various DART failure scenarios, should continue to help improve the network design (Spillane et al., 2008). In the case of Nias and Sumatra, both continuous GPS data as well as campaign GPS data were available. Coastal stations with a broad user base have enhanced sustainability. In addition, simulations of the effectiveness of the DART network, under. Only P-waves escape substantial inelastic attenuation, so that this procedure eliminates spurious contributions by later seismic phases and delivers a “clean” record of the history of the source. Enact Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant station metadata. The combination of the open-ocean and coastal sea level stations, which provide direct observations of tsunami waves, are important for adjusting and canceling warnings as well as for post-tsunami validation of models of the tsunami propagation and inundation (U.S. Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Program, 2007). If the earthquake is powerful enough, the sudden movement of the ocean floor can cause the water above to surge upwards then fall back, resulting in a tsunami. The wave field of approaching waves in deep waters are assumed to be linear, so there are reasonable interim estimates for the entire flow including reflection from the beach; i.e., where the constant depth and sloping regions connect. Either the bottom unit or the surface buoy of a DART station may fail and, in remote locations, repair/replacement may not be an immediate option because of seasonal. Recommendation: Among the methodologies employed by the NEIC is the W-phase algorithm for estimating earthquake magnitude. By the time it hits shore, a tsunami may have slowed to as little as 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour. The word ‘tsunami’ has a Japanese origin, and it means ‘harbor wave’. Unlike the depiction of tsunamis in movies, the most dangerous tsunamis are not those that hit shore as towering tall waves, but those with long surges that contain a huge volume of water that can flow inward over land for many miles before dissipating. The NEIC monitors the GSN and other stations and produces accurate seismic analysis within minutes of an event, which it disseminates to a broad range of customers (national and international agencies, academia, and the public). The more modern NSF EarthScope Transportable Array (with more than 400 telemetered broadband stations), for example, boasts data return rates in excess of 99 percent. Note that at least two of these DART stations would have observed the 1700 tsunami (Figure 4.10) well before the initial wave crest reached San Francisco. The central goal of the workshop was to determine an optimal network configuration that would meet multiple mitigation objectives, while addressing scientific. Looking to the future, the committee con-. They are also very active in developing new methods for real-time forecasting (e.g., using the inversion method; Koike et al. 109-13) to expand and upgrade the GSN for tsunami warning. The PMEL system takes the forecast a step further by providing inundation distances and run-up heights that enable even more targeted evacuations. (2005) during the 2001 Peruvian tsunami. The committee finds that the upgrades enabled by the enactment of the Tsunami Warning and Education Act (P.L. probability of a reliable data stream in near-real time. One signal that a tsunami is imminent is when the water retreats far from shore very rapidly, but by this time you very little time to react. The danger from subsequent tsunami waves can last for several hours after the arrival of the first wave. The core of the system is a tsunami detector installed onboard of GEOSTAR. (See also the preceding topic, “Continuous GPS Measurements of Crustal Movement.”), Although the method has obvious promising potential in the field of tsunami warning, two major problems presently hamper its systematic use: (1) delayed processing of the data, which in the case of the 2004 event was made available to the scientific community several weeks after the event, and (2) the presently sparse coverage of the earth’s oceans by altimetry satellites. FIGURE 4.4 Map of the coastal sea level stations in the Pacific basin that provided sea level data at sufficient temporal resolution and quality for use in the PTWC’s tsunami detection activities in 2008. The process that began at this workshop was augmented by an optimization analysis, which was subsequently completed at the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR) at PMEL. Recommendation: NOAA should explore further the operational integration of GPS data into TWC operations from existing and planned GPS geodetic stations along portions of the coast of the United States potentially susceptible to near-field tsunami generation including Alaska, Cascadia, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. In some locations, this consideration is more important than the seismic wave noise issue; DARTs have been placed as close as 15 minutes of tsunami travel time from the closest source. Recommendation: NOAA and the USGS could jointly prioritize the seismic stations needed for tsunami warnings. A system that requires unanticipated maintenance visits using costly ship time reduces availability of funds for other activities. Worse, multiple, neighboring DART stations have been seen to fail in the North Pacific and North Atlantic, leaving vast stretches of tsunami-producing seismic zones un-monitored. It is placed at 50kms in the sea from shore. (2007) and Newman and Convers (2008). The methods were used again after the February 27, 2010, Chile earthquake and later verified by satellite altimetry from JASON-1 & 2 satellites operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the French Space Agency. Additional open questions include dependence of U.S. tsunami warning activities on sea level data supplied by foreign agencies and on sea level data derived from U.S. and foreign gauges that do not meet NOAA’s standards for establishment, operation, and maintenance. Data Stream Risk Assessment and Data Availability. All rights reserved. By that time, however, the static offsets will begin to be apparent, allowing the inference of offshore displacements and realistic assignment of magnitudes (as little as 4-5 minutes after the initiation of faulting). Other considerations in choosing buoy sites include the difficulty or ease of obtaining permissions to enter other national EEZs (Exclusive Economic Zones), shipping routes, seafloor infrastructure (e.g., communications cables that could be damaged by the mooring’s anchor), and piracy or a history of damage to unattended buoys that make some areas less desirable for DART siting. A partial amelioration of the draconian choices above could come from exploring new maintenance paradigms, such as (1) simplifying the DART mooring for ease of deployment from small, contracted vessels that are available, for instance, from the commercial fishing fleet and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet; and (2) maintaining a reserve of DART buoys for immediate deployment upon the occurrence of a significant gap in the network, weather permitting. The UHSLC ( maintains and/or operates a worldwide array of sea level observing stations, some of which are employed in the tsunami detection and warning process (for the Pacific Ocean, see Figure 4.4).