INCOIS conducts regional SOP workshop for broadcasting media in Tsunami warning chain
IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) in collaboration with UNESCO is organising a regional workshop on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Broadcasting Media during 7-9 September 2021 to strengthen the involvement of media broadcasters in the tsunami early warning processes.
The workshop is focused on the northwest Indian Ocean countries i.e. India, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, and UAE.
The workshop will clarify the role of broadcasting media in the tsunami early warning chain and discusses the requirements for the respective SOPs to assure timely and effective warnings.
As part of the workshop, media representatives visit INCOIS on 8 September 2021 to know about the warning process, SOPs, products, to discuss the role of media in the warning process, etc.
The Indian Ocean is likely to be affected by tsunamis generated mainly by earthquakes from the two potential source regions, the Andaman-Nicobar-Sumatra Island Arc in the Bay of Bengal and the Makran subduction zone in the Northern Arabian Sea. Andaman-Sumatra arc region was explored quite well by various studies.
The Makran Subduction Zone is still poorly understood. Several decades after the 1945 tsunami that caused hundreds of confirmed fatalities in the North West Indian Ocean region, there are still open questions about whether the Makran Subduction Zone can generate such large tsunamis in the future.
To address these gaps, the IOC-UNESCO is implementing a multi-national project aimed at “Strengthening tsunami early warning in the North West Indian Ocean region through regional cooperation”.
Funded by the United Nations ESCAP Trust Fund, the project will enable a better understanding of Makran’s tsunami hazard and enhance the preparedness of countries in the region to respond to a near-field tsunami threat.
INCOIS is one of the implementing partners in this important project. The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) was established, after the deadly Tsunami on 26 December 2004 at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Hyderabad.
ITEWC, as part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO framework, is providing tsunami advisories to India as well as all Indian Ocean Countries (25 countries) as a Tsunami Advisory Service Provider (TSP) in the Indian Ocean.
Media representatives from Press Information Bureau (PIB), Doordarshan (DD), All India Radio (AIR), NDMA, and a few other organisations are attending the workshop to strengthen media involvement in the tsunami early warning processes.