Exercise Pacific Wave 15

Exercise Pacific Wave 15

2-6 FEBRUARY 2015  

At its 25th Session the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS-XXV, Vladivostok, Russian Federation, 9–11 September 2013) approved the conduct of Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 (PacWave15) during the first Quarter of 2015 to practise using the Operational PTWC Enhanced Products. At its fourth meeting in July 2014 the PTWS Steering Committee (SC) endorsed the recommendation of the Task Team for the format and conduct of PacWave15 and set the dates to be between 2–6 February 2015. Accordingly, PacWave15 will be an important warning centre milestone preparedness activity.

The aim of PacWave15 is to test the new Operational PTWC Enhanced Products of the PTWS. PacWave15 will simulate Pacific countries receiving Tsunami Threat messages containing wave amplitude forecasts. Member States may then use the information in their decision making to assess their national threat. The Exercise will include multiple scenarios to allow use of a distant or regional event, and will be conducted in real time during the daytime. The exercise is being overseen by the Task Team on PacWave15 (ICG/PTWS-XXV.1, Appendix) co-chaired by New Zealand and ITIC.

Exercise Documents 

 Document Title
Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 - IOC Information
  • PacWave15 Announcement, IOC Circular Letter No. 2548, Nov 2014  (PDF, 310 KB)
  • Appendix to Recommendation ICG/PTWS-XXV.1 PTWS WG 2 Task Team on PACWAVE 15,
        Sep 2013 (PDF, 24 KB)
  • ICG/PTWS Steering Committee Meeting, Jul 2014 (PDF, 95 KB)
Exercise Pacific Wave 13 Summary Report - Final (PDF, 8.17 MB)
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)

PTWC Enhanced Products

Enhanced Products Web Site

User’s Guide for the PTWC Enhanced Products for the PTWS (IOC TS 105 rev, Aug 2014) 

  • English, correction 14 Oct 2014 (Full resolution, PDF, 4.4 MB) 
  • Spanish, correction 14 Oct 2014 (Full resolution, PDF, 4.4 MB)

PTWC New Enhanced Products - 1 page Information Sheet (Sep 2014) (Light PDF, 700 KB)

PTWC New Enhanced Products - Overview (Sep 2014) (PPT, 12 MB; PDF, 7 MB)

Start of Issuance of PTWS PTWC Enhanced Products, 0000 UTC, 1 October 2014 
(IOC CL 2535, 4 Sep 2014) (PDF, 2.47 MB)

IOC Tsunami Warning Focal Point (TWFP) and National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) Definitions (IOC Executive Council, July 2014) (PDF, 53 KB)
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 - Final Draft (25 August 2013) (PDF, 7.5 MB)   



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