Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS), Twelfth session, Dublin, Ireland, 16-18 November 2015.
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AbstractThe Twelfth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was hosted by Ireland in Dublin, from 16 to 18 November 2015.The ICG welcomedthe continuation of the interim operational phase of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS), through the Candidate Tsunami Service Providers (CTSPs) of France, Greece, Turkey, and Italy and the intention of Portugal to start operations as a CTSP in 2016.The ICG further welcomed the progress achieved by the CTSPs and the application by National Observatory of Athens (Greece) for accreditation and the intention expressed by France, Italy and Turkey to also apply for accreditation in the next intersessional period. The ICG adoptedthe document ‘Procedures for the Accreditation of TSP, as included in Annex 6.Notingfurthermore the positive results of the extended communication tests since the Tenth Session and of the second tsunami exercise for the region, NEAMWave14,and the significant increase of the participation of Civil Protection Authorities.The ICG while confirmingthe continuation of the Working Groups, as follows: Working Group 1 on Hazard Assessment and Modelling; Working Group 2 on Seismic and GeophysicalMeasurements; Working Group 3 on Sea Level Data Collection and Exchange, including Offshore Tsunami Detection and Instruments; and Working Group 4 on Public Awareness, Preparedness and Mitigation, decidedto establish a new Task Team on Architecture for ICG/NEAMTWS Governance and reorganisation review.The ICG confirmedthe continuation of regular Communication Test Exercises for the next intersessional period and quarterly Extended Communication Test Exercises based on a scenario event involving Member State Civil Protection Agencies.Decides to organise and conduct a further tsunami exercise in 2017 (NEAMWave17).The ICG confirmedthe continuation of the Steering Committee composed by the Officers and the Co-Chairs of the Working Groups and the Task Teams, and representatives of CTSPs.Recommends:I.To increase the participation of Member States in the ICG activities,II.That each CTSP provide threat level information based on their best practices, including (possibly different) decision matrices, scenario databases or other methods, these methodologies needing to be documented in the NEAMTWS Operational Users Guide),III.That all sea level data should be made available to the CTSPs and NTWCs using bilateral agreements, between NTWCs whenever possible,IV.That all tide gauge stations should transition to operational, real time status,V.To increase the number of seismic and sea level stations available in the North of Africa, and for sea level to reduce sampling and latency to 1 minute or less as far as possible,VI.That Member States should urge the active involvement of their national Civil Protection Authorities (CPAs) in the routine activities of the ICG, with the aim of making the ICG products more suitable for meeting the needs and expectations of those CPAs, VII. That NTWCs, in consultation with their CPAs, evaluate the need to provide enhanced products in the NTWC messages, such as maps, and to present and make proposals for discussion and adoption at the next ICG; The ICG acknowledged the importance of Tsunami Information Centre for the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTIC, neamtic.ioc-unesco.org)and recommended Member States to contribute funding and secondments to its maintenance and development. The Twelfth Session of ICG/NEAMTWS was attended by 46 participants from 16 Member States, and one observer organization. The need for a stronger cooperation with the ICG/CARIBE-EWS was reiterated.
Pages20pp. & Annexes
Publisher or UniversityUNESCO-IOC
Series : NrIOC Reports of Governing and Major Subsidary Bodies;169