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UNESCO IOC Holds Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups for Tsunami Warning Systems

© UNESCO IOC31 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for Tsunami Warning Systems, which convened from 24-27 March 2009, in Paris, France.

The agenda for the meeting was organized following the recommendations of the Working Group on Tsunamis and other Ocean Hazards Warning and Mitigation Systems and the need to harmonize regional ICG structures to create efficiency and facilitate exchange of knowledge and information among the ICGs. Participants made recommendations on governance, preparedness, risk assessment, sea level, seismic data and warning centers operation. Recommendations included the need to: identify common performance and reporting standards that may improve tsunami warning effectiveness; maintain an inventory of sea level data sources and identify the extent to which those data sources are accessible to the warning centers; document current and proposed products provided by regional centers; document the responsibilities, coverage, limits and different architecture of the regional centers; and develop global formats, standards, protocols and guidelines for regional advice of tsunami watch operations. [Meeting documents] [Meeting recommendations]