Post Tsunami Surveys
Over last five years, there have been 59 measured tsunamis, with nine causing deaths, most notably 26 Dec 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (230,000 lives). In the Pacific, tsunami occurred in April 2007 (Solomon: 54 deaths, Chile: 3 deaths), September 2009 (Samoa 149, Am Samoa 34, and Tonga 9 deaths), February 2010 (Chile ~150), and March 2011 (Japan ~25000). After each tsunami, data were collected to quantify physical, environmental, and human impacts, response/recovery, improve numerical models, and engineering.
Tsunami disasters attract a large number of local, national, international professionals to investigate scientific, economic, social impacts. Some of these data are perishable making it essential to collect quickly. Important data may also be desirable from locations that are logistically difficult to assess without local assistance and access. At the same time, Emergency Agencies are focusing on public safety, critical support lifelines and infrastructure, resource mobilization to meet its citizens immediate post-event emergency response needs. Elected officials and the media must have accurate summaries of the tsunami impact to report to the public. To support all efforts, coordination and cooperation is critical, and efficient and useful data and information sharing is paramount. If data from science teams are made available, it will immediately contribute to better informed and ultimately, more practical and efficient response and recovery decision-making.