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Report to Congress: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Report on Tsunami Warning & Education Act
  • Published Date:
    2018
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    This report responds to this Congressional direction. NOAA continues to operate a comprehensive, end-to-end tsunami forecast, warning and mitigation capability and implement the actions required by law. NOAA has been effective in obtaining the necessary supercomputing resources to run the tsunami prediction models, as directed by the Tsunami Warning and Education Act (TWEA) enacted as title VIII of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-479; 33 U.S.C. 3201 et seq.). NOAA also continues its ongoing efforts to engage federal, state, tribal, and local partners through administering the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, as directed by TWEA. NOAA has been investing in applied research and, through Federal Fiscal Year 2018, is continuing its research and development activities, including improvement of near-field and distant tsunami detection and forecasting capabilities. NOAA is developing the 4th Generation of NOAA’s Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) detection system, and has incrementally improved the speed and accuracy of NOAA’s primary tsunami forecast system: Stand-by Inundation Forecast of Tsunamis (SIFT). NOAA is also pursuing a joint initiative with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to consider real-time Global Positioning System (GPS) offsets to augment traditional seismic analysis. All of these initiatives target increasing the speed and accuracy of near-field tsunami detection, measurement, and forecasting.
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