Caribbean Tsunami Early Warning System – Communications and Protocols
Project Coordinators: Richard Robertson,
Lloyd Lynch, Meagan Sylvester
Implementing Agency: Seismic Research Unit, UWI
Funding Agency: The USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the Government of Trinidad & Tobago (GOTT).
Description: This project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Seismic Research Unit to detect, monitor and warn people at risk from tsunami and other related geologic hazards. It provides for the purchasing of equipment and the development of software to enable automated solutions of earthquakes and for the more rapid transmission of information regarding these events to vulnerable communities in the Eastern Caribbean. The programme will also facilitate the development of information sharing protocols between seismological agencies in the Caribbean and Adjacent Areas and will advance the development of a Tsunami and Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Areas. This is a multi-national, regional project that will enhance the capacity of the regional agency, the SRU, to not only better detect potential tsunamis but to also better undertake its core mandate of monitoring earthquakes and volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean. An additional component of this project is a comprehensive public education campaign to be coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA).
Project Status: In Progress
Project Value: US $444,796 (USAID US$249,680) (GOTT US$140,200)