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USGS Tsunami Workshop Charts Course for Future Research

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On January 19 and 20, CMG held the USGS Tsunami Workshop in Seattle to discuss the present status and future direction for USGS research on tsunamis. These giant, destructive waves have struck U.S. coastlines and the coastlines of other nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. A better understanding of how they are generated and what the geologic record can tell us about past tsunamis will help save lives and property around the world.

The meeting was organized by Eric Geist, Jane Reid, Guy Gelfenbaum, and Bruce Jaffe, with logistical support from Selita Donaville and Robin Wilson (formerly of CMG, now with WRD). Eric, Guy, and Bruce chaired breakout sessions; Jane facilitated discussions before and after the breakout sessions and took the lead in report writing. Associate Team Chief Scientist (Western Region) Terry Bruns represented the CMG Program, and Uri ten Brink represented CMG's Caribbean project. Homa Lee presented information on how CMG's expertise in submarine-landslide processes can be applied toward the study of tsunamis.

In addition to those from CMGP, the meeting included scientists from the Earthquake Hazards Program and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Also attending were colleagues from NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Research Laboratory, the Pacific and Alaska/West Coast tsunami warning centers, the Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands seismic network, the State of Oregon, the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and academic institutions including the University of Washington.

Results from the workshop established where USGS expertise can best be implemented toward ongoing federal hazard-mitigation efforts and the future direction of collaborative research between NOAA, USGS, and academic institutions. A formal report describing the consensus recommendations from the workshop participants will be available within the next couple of months.

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