Tsunami Related Meetings & Events





TOWS-WG Inter-ICG Task Team Meeting on Hazard Assessment Related to Highest Potential Tsunami Source Areas Fethiye, Turkey
 29 April - 1 May
 Eight Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions  Port of Spain,
Trinidad & Tobago 
 1-31 Oct
 ComMIT Training: Community Model Interface for Tsunami (ComMIT) Training Workshop  Point a Ptrie,

ICG/CARIBE EWS-VIII. Trinidad and Tobago, 2013.

The IOC Assembly at its Twenty-third Session decided, by Resolution XXIII-13, to create the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS) and to establish an Intergovernmental Coordination Group for CARIBE-EWS (ICG/CARIBE EWS). The Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS-VIII), will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 29 April–1 May 2013.
The membership of the ICG/CARIBE-EWS consist of:
• Member States of the IOC from the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions
• Observers from other IOC Member States
• Invited observers from other organizations (including NGOs), programmes and projects in accordance with the IOC rules and procedures.


Informational Documents

 Document Title  Format/Size
 Provisional Agenda (English)  PDF (10KB)

Natural Hazards, Disasters and Sustainable Development, 18 May 2005

7th Biennial Conference, Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences
The University of the West Indies
Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica
Session: Natural Hazards, Disasters and Sustainable Development
18 May 2005
Sponsored by UNESCO

Education, Outreach and a Tsunami Warning System for the Caribbean
Special Meeting:     Status of a Tsunami Warning System for the Caribbean
Chair:     Prof. Ronald Young, Dean FPAS
Co-Chair:    Prof. George Maul, Chairman,
IOCARIBE Tsunami Steering Group of Experts


Mr. Rafi Ahmad, Unit for Disaster Studies, Dept. of Geology & Geography, UWI, Mona
Dr. Barbara Carby, ODPEM, Jamaica
Dr. Daniel Coore, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science, UWI, Mona
Mr. Christopher Corbin, UNEP Caribbean Environmental Programme
Dr. Robin Mahon, CERMES, UWI, Cave Hill      
Prof. George A. Maul, Florida Institute of Technology
Mr. Franklin McDonald, UNEP Caribbean Environmental Programme / UNDP
Dr. Sylvia Mitchell, Biotechnology Centre, UWI, Mona 
Mr. Christopher Muir, FPAS / MITS, UWI, Mona
Prof. Edward Robinson, Marine Geology Unit, UWI, Mona / Geological Society of Jamaica
Dr. Novelette Sadler-McKnight, Dept. of Chemistry, UWI, Mona
Dr. George Warner, Centre for Marine Sciences, UWI, Mona
Dr. Margaret Wiggins-Grandison, Earthquake Unit, Dept. of Geology & Geography, UWI, Mona
Prof. Ronald Young, FPAS, UWI, Mona

The status of the Tsunami Warning System for the Caribbean was discussed at a meeting of Interest Groups from Jamaica and the Caribbean on 18th May 2005.

The meeting was convened by the 7th Biennial Conference of the Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences (FPAS), The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, arising out the session on Natural Hazards, Disasters and Sustainable Development, sponsored by UNESCO.

Prof. George Maul gave an overview of “Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Caribbean and Central West Atlantic Region”.

Based on the fact that in the last 150 years tsunami-related fatalities in the Caribbean were nearly 5 times greater than in Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. West Coast combined, it was deemed evident that, as soon as possible, a tsunami awareness and risk-reduction program, incorporating warning arrangements, should be implemented in the Caribbean.

The meeting drafted, considered and adopted the following resolution on the subject:

(a copy of which will be sent to ODPEM, CDERA, UNEP/RCU, IOCARIBE, UNESCO and other local and regional interest groups)

The Mona Resolution 2005
The 7th FPAS Conference 2005 including concerned citizens, emergency managers, educators and scientists, gathered by The University of the West Indies in Kingston, having:

Recognized that deadly Caribbean tsunamis have been and will continue to be caused by local earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and by distant seismic events;

Become acutely aware that loss of life and impact on economies in the Caribbean due to tsunamis has been significant;

Appreciated that our region’s population has grown considerably since the Virgin Islands tsunami of 1867 and will continue to grow with most of that growth concentrated near the coasts;

Noted that infrastructure and investments, including vital facilities such as public utilities and tourism-related assets, have increasingly concentrated in the coastal areas;

Noted the overwhelming potential for catastrophic loss; and having

Recognized the availability of technology that could help to mitigate such a significant toll on life and property;

Do hereby collectively petition:

  1. The Academic, Research and Educational Communities to enhance the resilience and capacity of the region for early detection and effective response, by instituting appropriate education, research, networking and information sharing;
  2. The Civil Society and Private Sector Leadership to ensure that community, workplace, and sectoral activities incorporate, as appropriate, measures for risk-reduction including tsunami-related risks;
  3. National, Regional and International Bodies to support efforts at integrating risk-reduction, including tsunami and coastal inundation risk, into national development planning;
  4. Governments to extend current natural hazard risk-reduction measures to include tsunami mitigation through integrated systems of education, warning, management and research;

And urge that these groups collaborate to provide the human, financial and institutional support required to achieve these objectives and sustainably engender a safer society.

End of Resolution


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