National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 1983

A tsunami research plan for the United States

Bernard, E.N.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 17, 13–26 (1983)

In response to the identification of areas of deficiency in tsunami research, a group of scientists and government representatives developed a coherent research plan to address these problems. The plan is designed to foster a course of action that will focus research on forecasting tsunami dangers and evaluating coastal hazards. A brief review of the status of tsunami research is presented and needs for priority research are identified. The three highest need areas are 1) tsunami observational program, 2) modeling and design related to terminal effects, and 3) tsunamigenic earthquake identification. Two moderate need areas include the creation of a tsunami data set and the development of emergency preparedness programs.

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