Field Survey Guide

Post-Tsunami Field Survey Guide


The IOC Post-Tsunami Field Survey Guide was published in 1998 to provide governments and the scientific community with guidance on collecting perishable tsunami data immediately after the event. In 2014, the IOC  published its revised Field Survey Guide to take into account the improvements in instrumentation and methods, needs to include the social and economic sciences, ecology, engineering, and other disciplines as importants part of post-tsunami surveys, and starting with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the significant increase in interest of many scientists to conduct surveys.

The 2014 revision to IOC Manuals and Guide 37, renamed as International Tsunami Survey Team (ITST) Post-Tsunami Survey Field Guide (2nd ed, 2014), describes a flexible framework and guiding principles for undertaking post-tsunami surveys, and provides a set of best practices and templates for individuals and groups considering forming or participating in post-tsunami surveys.





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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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