|Coast-map-io project, building coastal resilience to ocean-based extreme events through improved coastal mapping capacity in the indian ocean,assesment missions [DVD]|
(2007). Coast-map-io project, building coastal resilience to ocean-based extreme events through improved coastal mapping capacity in the indian ocean,assesment missions [DVD]. UNESCO: [s.l.]. DVD pp.
Tsunamis; Tsunamis; Tsunami's
The tsunami of 26 Dec 2004 in the Indian Ocean with its resulting enormous loss of lifeemphasized the need for scientists to bring science to decision-makers. Responding to thisevent, many organizations and agencies have been involved with several programs of action.These have ranged from the aid and recovery phases immediately following the event, to thepresent reconstruction phase, which will be followed by other longer-term measures. TheIOC has been widely recognized, at a number of high-profile meetings  as the appropriateintergovernmental body to facilitate the development of both interim and permanent tsunamiwarning systems for the Indian Ocean. Much progress has been achieved including anadequately staffed Tsunami Coordinating Unit at the Commission's Secretariat funded byseveral donors.The project summarized here and entitled COAST-MAP-IO, is one element in the suite oflong-term responses to develop mitigating capacity to ocean-based extreme events occurringin the region.COAST-MAP-IO, sponsored by the Government of Italy, will allow states to compute whereand in what direction destructive waves will impact their coastlines - a critical detail thatinternational warning systems cannot provide in the absence of high resolution coastalbathymetric information that some member states consider sensitive. This project thereforerespects the sensitivities of regions vis-à-vis coastal bathymetry. To be in-line with IOCPrinciples of Capacity-building, the high resolution data sets will be used to provide effectivescience not only for disaster mitigation but also for coastal planning. Taught survey skills willcontinue to be useful because coastal bathymetry will continue changing due to a variety ofreasons.COAST-MAP-IO is part of the larger proposal (TSU-REG-05/CSS10-REGION) "IndianOcean Tsunami Warning System" presented at the 2nd International Coordination Meeting ofAn Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, Grand Baie, Mauritius (April 14-16, 2005). In particular it responds to components:4.8. Development of high resolution near shore bathymetry, and4.10. Preparation of tsunami inundation maps.COAST-MAP-IO addresses the need for countries to acquire and utilize coastal bathymetry todevelop various products mitigating against ocean-based extreme events. It further proposesmaximizing benefits from coastal bathymetry by transferring skills to create products forzonation decisions and equitable use of coastal spaces, and is therefore an important factor inmeeting IOC Principles of Capacity-building.COAST-MAP-IO consists of two Phases where Assessment missions belong to Phase I andeight of them have been realized in cooperation with the International Hydrographic Bureauand co-sponsored by IOC and the Government of Italy.