Magazine article Oceanus

Scientists to Explore Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Magazine article Oceanus

Scientists to Explore Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will convene two special conferences this fall to learn from the devastating 2004 tsunami that left more than 220,000 people dead or missing. In July, another tsunami in the same region killed several hundred people and displaced more than 50,000 others.

The first conference, open to the public, offers a forum to hear firsthand accounts from United Nations hazard management officials and scientists who responded to the tsunami and to discuss ways to improve the effectiveness of warning systems, emergency response, and hazard management planning for coastal natural disasters. Distinguished speakers include:

Dr. Stephen J. Atwood, UNICEF Regional Advisor and recent director of Tsunami Operations in Indonesia

Dr. Philip R. Berke, award-winning author on environmental planning; consultant for local and state governments, and international organizations; and director of graduate studies in city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Laura Kong, director of the International Tsunami Information Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, who administers the activities of the 26-nation International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific. …

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