Exercise Pacific Wave 13

Exercise Pacific Wave 13

1-14 MAY 2013 

25 Aug 2013 - Exercise Pacific Wave 13 Summary Report (IOC TS 106, Vol 2) available

25 Aug 2013 - Pacific Wave 13 Country Participation (PDF) available 

To effect a smooth transition from the current Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) tsunami products to its new products planned for 2014, the PTWS Steering Committee (SC) approved three milestone transition activities for 2013:

  • PTWC began issuing its New Products in trial experimental mode on 15 April 2013. The products were issued live and in parallel with the current existing products, but only via email to the designated PTWS Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP).
  • Exercise Pacific Wave 2013 (PacWave13) was conducted 1-14 May 2013 by Member States to validate PTWC’s New Products. It was recommended that Member States conduct a table top exercise in order to measure the understanding and interpretation of the Enhanced Products and their use for national tsunami warning threat assessment.
  • The PacWave 2013 Post-Exercise Evaluation Questionnaire was due on 31 May 2013. The Questionnaire was completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pacwave13_eval.
  • The ITIC and the IOC Secretariat will work together to make training available on the PTWC New Products to ensure that the products are understood, and that Member States know how to modify their Tsunami Warning Standard Operating Procedures accordingly.

At the 24th Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS-XXIV) held in Beijing, China in May 2011, Member States approved the development of improved tsunami procedures and products by the PTWC, and the conduct of Exercise Pacific Wave 2011 (PacWave11, November 2011) to introduce and obtain feedback on the new products. In May 2012, the PTWS Working Group 2 Task Teams (TT) on PacWave11 and Enhancing Products convened to evaluate the PacWave11 findings and to compile a list of feedback improvements that would allow PTWC to further refine its draft new products. Subsequently, the PTWS SC convened on 24–25 May 2012 to review progress on the PTWS’s inter-sessional activities; the SC endorsed the Enhancing Products TT recommendations and approved the PTWC new products implementation time line. The planned changeover date from the PTWC current products to its new products will be in early 2014 upon the formal approval of Member States at the next ICG/PTWS-XXV session in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, on 11-13 September 2013.

Exercise Documents

 Document Title
Exercise Pacific Wave 2013 - IOC Information
  • TWS New Enhanced Products Issuance Start and PacWave13 Announcement
       (update to IOC CL 2460), IOC Circular Letter No. 2481, 28 March 2013  (PDF, 2.33 MB)
  • PacWave13 Announcement, IOC Circular Letter No. 2460, Dec 2012  (PDF, 377 KB)
  • Recommendation ICG/PTWS-XXIV.3 PTWS EXERCISES, May 2011  (PDF, 84.0 KB)
  • ICG/PTWS Steering Committee Meeting, May 2012  (PDF, 170 KB)
Exercise Pacific Wave 11 Summary Report (IOC TS 97)
Vol 1 (Exercise Manual), Vol 2 (Summary Report)  (PDF, 6.8 MB)
PTWS Exercises Task Team Meeting Reports
  • Task Team Meeting, March 2-4, 2011 (DOC, 58.0 KB)
  • ICG/PTWS-XXIV Meeting, May 2011 (DOC, 164 KB)
  • Task Team Meeting, May 2012 (24 April 2013) (PDF, 555 KB)
PTWS Enhancing Tsunami Warning Products Task Team Meeting, ICG/PTWS-XXIV Meeting,
May 2011 (PDF, 48.0 KB)
How to Plan, Conduct, and Evaluate Tsunami Exercises  IOC Manual and Guides 58, 2013)
  • English (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Spanish (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  • Summary Powerpoint (Oct 2011) (PPT, 3.0 MB)
PTWS Operational Users Guide, IOC Technical Series 87, 2nd Edition, Jul 2011
  (describes current international alert services by PTWC, JMA NWPTAC, WC/ATWC)
  • English (PDF, 1.60 MB)
User’s Guide for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) Enhanced Products for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS) March 2013 (IOC Technical Series 105) (describes new PTWC products)
  • English  (PDF, 1.90 MB)
  • Spanish (PDF, 2.1 MB)

User's Guide for PTWC Enhanced Products for PTWS - Summary Powerpoint (April 2013)

  • English (PDF, 6.1 MB; PPT, 8.0 MB)
PacWave13 Exercise Manual, English (18 April 2013) (PDF, 597 KB)
PacWave13 Overview - Summary Powerpoint (April 2013)
  • English (PDF, 382 KB; PPT, 6.63 MB)
PacWave13 Scenarios
  • Earthquake Hypocenters (DOC, 67 KB)
  • Tsunami Travel Time Maps (HTML)
  • Historical Tsunami & Seismicity Maps (HTML)
PacWave13 Master Schedule of Events List (MSEL) (PTWC, NWPTAC)
  • All scenarios (XLS, 51 KB)
  • Off Northern Japan (PDF, 45 KB)
  • Off Western Philippines (PDF, 42 KB)
  • Off Northern Chile (PDF, 41 KB)
PacWave13 Scenarios - Messages 
      Download ZIP files containing All Messages issued by PTWC (New Enhanced Products) or JMA/NWPTAC (Existing Products) for the scenario. 
  • Off Northern Japan:
          PTWC - Text (TXT, PDF), Polygon Tables (TXT, PDF), Graphical (JPG of wave forecasts, KMZ)
          JMA NWPTAC - Text (TXT, PDF)
  • Off Western Philippines - South China Sea:
          PTWC - Text (TXT, PDF), Polygon Tables (TXT, PDF), Graphical (JPG of wave forecasts, KMZ)
          JMA NWPTAC - Text (TXT, PDF)
  • Off Northern Chile:
          PTWC - Text (TXT, PDF), Polygon Tables (TXT, PDF), Graphical (JPG of wave forecasts, KMZ)

PacWave13 Exercise Evaluation Questionnaire (available starting 1 May 2013) 
Please complete online by 31 May 2013, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pacwave13_eval

For reference, MSWord-format questionnaires are also provided.

  • English (DOC, 99 KB, revised 1 May 2013)
PacWave13 - UNESCO Press Release 
  • English (PDF, 222 KB) 
  • French (PDF, 162 KB)

PacWave13 Country Participation (PDF, 205 KB)  

Exercise Pacific Wave 13 Summary Report (IOC TS 106, 2013)
Vol 1 (Exercise Manual), Vol 2 (Summary Report)  (PDF, 8.6 MB; reduced PDF, 2.7 MB)



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