North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and connected seas

Tsunami Information Centre

Booklet - 10 Years of the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (NEAMTWS): Accomplishments and Challenges in Preparing for the Next Tsunami

Following the 26 December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the IOC Member States requested at the 23rd IOC Assembly (June 2005) that warning systems be developed in the Indian Ocean (IOTWS), the Caribbean (CARIBE-EWS) and the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (NEAMTWS) similar to the Pacific Tsunami Warning System (PTWS). The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) for NEAMTWS.

IOC is pleased to release this anniversary booklet.

The booklet provides an overview of major achievements and highlight challenges and gaps to be addressed in the coming years in order to achieve full implementation of NEAMTWS.

It describes 1) tsunamis in the NEAM region (past events) and current risk assessments; 2) the detection system and the four Tsunami Service Providers; 3) awareness raising and education; and 4) key achievements, future challenges and opportunities in the NEAM region.

The booklet was prepared by several members of the ICG/NEAMTWS with the support from the technical secretariat. Click here to download