ITIC Activities

ITIC Engages in the Following Activities:

Tsunami Education, Preparedness, Training

Tsunami risk reduction requires a comprehensive approach consisting of warning guidance, risk assessment, and preparedness and education.  An effective tsunami warning system requires activities in all components.  ITIC’s mitigation programme is directed towards coastal residents, their national and local officials, school teachers, mass media, policy makers, and the general public.  It includes training classes, lectures, community briefings, and media broadcasts.   ITIC materials include informational booklets, textbooks, lecture materials, audio-visual aids, posters, photographs, television and radio materials, and other publications.  A prepared and aware public will know immediately how to respond when a tsunami emergency is declared.  ITIC works with governments and civil society organizations to implement community-based mitigation programmes that will reduce tsunami impacts and save lives.
Under ITIC's ITP-Hawaii Programme on tsunami warning and mitigation systems, scientists, engineers, and tsunami programme officials can spend up to three weeks in Hawaii at ITIC, PTWC, and with local civil defense agencies learning about tsunamis,operations of tsunami warning systems, risk assessment, and education and preparedness programmes.  ITIC also conducts the ITP-International Programme, which annually visits Member States to provide in-country capacity assessments, and tsunami awareness and technology training.

Tsunami Research

For each tsunami, ITIC assists the World Data System (Marine Geology and Geophysics-Tsunamis), co-located at the NOAA National Geophsyical Data Center, in soliciting and collecting seismic information and tsunami wave records, together with supplementary data and descriptive information on tsunami damage. ITIC prepares and disseminates a report on the tsunami through its Tsunami Newsletter published quarterly.

ITIC maintains an extensive data file and comprehensive library that researchers, government officals, and the public can use. ITIC identifies research needed to improve tsunami prediction and the International Warning System. It cooperates with national, international, and professional organizations in encouraging and applying tsunami research. ITIC facilitates and coordinates International Tsunami Survey Teams to conduct field investigations of destructive large tsunami, following the procedures and guidance provided in the IOC Post-Tsunami Survey Field Guide (updated 2012, draft). 

Tsunami Technology and Information

ITIC arranges for the availability of technical information required for an effective tsunami warning system. It ensures that knowledge of new technology and mitigation countermeasures is available to all Member States. It arranges for the provision of advisory and consultative services to Member States wishing to initiate or upgrade their warning and mitigation system capability. ITIC works closely with the IOC ICGs and their Intersessional Working Groups to identify and recommend programme enhancements to the regional tsunami warning systems and to Member State national systems.  It provides tsunami data and information to scientists, engineers, administrators, and the general public throughout the world.


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Featured Resources

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Regional Disaster Information Center (Latin America & the Caribbean)

A database of Spanish language materials focused on tsunami preparedness.
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Post-Tsunami Survey:
El Salvador Summary Video

Learn the basics of a post-tsunami survey.

TsunamiTeacher USA
Tsunami Basics

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Learn the basics of tsunamis. Available in English and Samoan.

Tsunamis on the Move

Tsunami Awareness Poster

Awareness poster available in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Singalese.


Global Hazard Maps

Posters of Tsunami Sources, Significant Earthquakes and Significant Volcanic Eruptions. Also Tsunami Sources Icosohedron Globe.

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Tsunami, The Great Waves

Available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.


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Tsunami Glossary

Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Bahasa. 



Where the First Wave Arrives in Minutes

Available in English, Bahasa, Spanish and French.


DVD copies for PC and Macintosh computers are available free of charge from the ITIC, Hawaii (

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