• Global observing systems, including the Global Earth Observing System of Systems

  • Priority areas of targeted research and development in the United States to improve performance and guide modernization efforts

In its assessment, the committee will consider measures in the tsunami detection, forecast, and warning program implemented and planned by NOAA under the Tsunami Warning and Education Act (P.L. 109-424).

In the second part, the committee will provide a general overview of national preparedness, based on existing compilations and national assessments including topics such as the following:

  • Adequacy of federal coordination and integration with state and local level tsunami programs for facilitating mitigation

  • Approaches to risk assessment that account for such things as levels and trends in human populations, economic assets, and critical facilities within tsunami-inundation zones

  • Availability of evacuation maps, routes, and structures

  • Education and outreach for children, adults, and tourists

The committee will examine a few federal, state, and local mitigation and education activities, including the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and TsunamiReady Program, to include as specific examples in their overview of the nation's ability to reduce losses of life and property from future tsunamis.

In the final report, the committee will comment on how to optimize instrumental warning with these other elements of tsunami preparedness to serve the needs of end-users. The report will highlight opportunities to improve the nation's tsunami preparedness in the future and identify novel, promising approaches to risk assessment and instrumental warning systems.

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