Regional workshop on tsunami warning and emergency response for the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas
The key points of discussion for participants are the establishment of an effective early warning system to detect potential tsunamis in the Mediterranean Sea system, alerting the population at risk and triggering appropriate safety response. The main objective of the workshop is to present the latest developments in the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (NEAMTWS) and to help the Member States prepare for the NEAMWave14 tsunami exercise, scheduled from 28 to 30 October 2014.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO has been coordinating the development of this system since 2005. It became operational in 2012, thanks to the three tsunami watch centres in France, Greece and Turkey. On the Mediterranean side, the threats posed by tsunamis were neglected until 2003, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off-shore near Boumerdes in Algeria, and generated a tsunami that caused extensive damage in Balearic Islands.
The workshop is organized by the IOC-UNESCO, in partnership with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the UNESCO Cluster Office for Maghreb in Rabat, and in collaboration with the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) of Morocco.