January 15, 2005
U.S. to have enhanced tsunami warning system
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to deploy 32 new advanced technology Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami DART) buoys. They are part of a plan intended to provide the United States with nearly 100 percent detection capability for a U.S.coastal tsunami, allowing response within minutes.
The new system will also expand monitoring capabilities throughout the entire Pacific and Caribbean basins, providing tsunami warning for regions bordering half of the world's oceans.
The system should be fully operational by mid-2007.
The new tsunami warning system will also see the United States Geological Survey (USGS) enhance its seismic monitoring and information delivery from the Global Seismic Network, a partnership with the National Science Foundation.
The expansion of U.S. tsunami detection and warning capabilities falls within the framework of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS.
The plan, which will cost $37.5 million over two years, was announced yesterday by the White House.
"This plan will enable enhanced monitoring, detection, warning and communications that will protect lives and property in the U.S. and a significant part of the world," said John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the President and director, Office of Science and Technology Policy.
"Working through GEOSS and other international partners, The U.S. will continue to provide leadership in planning and implementing a global observation system and a global tsunami warning system, which will ultimately include the Indian Ocean," Marburger said.