Towards the new Thematic Core Service Tsunami within the EPOS Research Infrastructure

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Babeyko A., Lorito S., Hernandez F., Lauterjung J., Løvholt F., Rudloff A., ...More

Annals of Geophysics, vol.65, no.2, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.4401/ag-8762
  • Journal Name: Annals of Geophysics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, Geobase, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Tsunami, Natural hazards, Community building, EPOS, Research infrastructure, LANDSLIDE-GENERATED TSUNAMIS, HYSEA MODEL VALIDATION, EARLY WARNING SYSTEM, HAZARD, SEA
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, Editrice Compositori s.r.l.. All rights reserved.Tsunamis constitute a significant hazard for European coastal populations, and the impact of tsunami events worldwide can extend well beyond the coastal regions directly affected. Understanding the complex mechanisms of tsunami generation, propagation, and inundation, as well as managing the tsunami risk, requires multidisciplinary research and infrastructures that cross national boundaries. Recent decades have seen both great advances in tsunami science and consolidation of the European tsunami research community. A recurring theme has been the need for a sustainable platform for coordinated tsunami community activities and a hub for tsunami services. Following about three years of preparation, in July 2021, the European tsunami community attained the status of Candidate Thematic Core Service (cTCS) within the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) Research Infrastructure. Within a transition period of three years, the Tsunami candidate TCS is anticipated to develop into a fully operational EPOS TCS. We here outline the path taken to reach this point, and the envisaged form of the future EPOS TCS Tsunami. Our cTCS is planned to be organised within four thematic pillars: (1) Support to Tsunami Service Providers, (2) Tsunami Data, (3) Numerical Models, and (4) Hazard and Risk Products. We outline how identified needs in tsunami science and tsunami risk mitigation will be addressed within this structure and how participation within EPOS will become an integration point for community development.