Thematic session

Special thematic session :
Promotion of tsunami disaster mitigation in the Indian Ocean
Towards establishment of tsunami early warning systems in the Indian Ocean by
sharing experiences in the Pacific Ocean

Session Report
Chair's Summary of the Regional/Thematic Special Session
Date: 19 January 2005  
Time: 09h00-11h45
Venue: Kairaku room
Interpretation: En, Jp
Organizers: - Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
- Cabinet Office, Japan (CAO)
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan (MLIT)
- Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
- UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO/IOC)
Chair: Mr. Koichi Nagasaka (Director-General, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA))
Opening Address: Mr. Koichiro Matsuura (Director-General, UNESCO)

Dr. Laura Kong (Director, ITIC), Dr. Charles McCreery (Director, PTWC), Mr. Noritake Nishide (Director, JMA), Dr. P.J.Prih Harjadi (Director, Meteorological and Geophysical Agency, Indonesia), Mr. Kriengkrai Khovadhana (Deputy Director-General, Thai Meteorological Department), Mr. S. K. Subramanian (Deputy Director General, Indian Meteorological Department), Mr. Sarath Weerawamakula (Director, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka), Dr. Abdulahi Majeed (Chief Executive of Meteorology and Deputy Minister of Environment Construction, Maldives), Mr. Akihiro Teranishi (Senior Researcher, Asian Disaster Reduction Center), Dr. Kenji Satake (Chair, Tsunami Commission, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)), Dr. Geoff Love (Director, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia), Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi (Chief, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)), Professor Fumihiko Imamura (Tohoku University, Japan), Mr. Shuhei Kazusa (Director, Cabinet Office, Japan)

Speakers: First, the Session will review tsunami early warning systems in the Pacific Ocean. Secondly, it will identify functions to be enhanced for establishment of tsunami early warning systems consisting of the national systems to be operated by respective countries and of an international center that is to support them in issuing tsunami early warning information for the Indian Ocean region. It will also feature a common strategy by sharing information, expertise and experiences in the international community.