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International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, Nineteenth Session, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 September – 2 October 2003
(2004). International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, Nineteenth Session, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 September – 2 October 2003. Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale, 103. IOC: Paris. ii, 36 + annexes pp.
Part of: Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale. UNESCO: Paris, more

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Keywords
    Tsunamis; Warning systems; Marine

Abstract
    The Nineteenth Session of the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific was held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 29 September to 3 October 2003 under the Chairmanship of Dr François Schindelé. It was attended by 34 participants from fifteen ICG/ITSU Member States, two organizations and two observers from other countries. The Session reviewed progress made during the intersessional period 2001-2003 and drafted its work plan for the period 2004-2005. This work plan will focus on (i) continued support for the International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC); (ii) support for the development of the Global Tsunami Data Base (GTDB) and the new Integrated Tsunami Data Base (ITDB) consisting of the WinHTDB graphic shell and a Tsunami Travel Time (TTT) module; (iii) finalization of the Tsunami Information Kit; (iv) support for the newly established Working Group on a Comprehensive Tsunami Hazard Reduction Programme (TROIKA); (v) support the newly established Working Group on the Central American Pacific Coast Tsunami Warning System (CAPC-TWS); and (vi) support the newly established Working Group on the Tsunami Warning System in the Southwest Pacific and Indian Ocean (SWPTWS). The Group requested a budget of US$ 141,500 for the biennium 2004-2005 to accomplish the work plan. The Group further decided to (i) study possibilities for cooperation with JCOMM; (ii) increase the duration of its ITSU Training Programme held in Hawaii (ITP-Hawaii) to three weeks, and establish an international component (ITP-International) for in-country assistance to Member States; (iii) establish a “Pool of Experts” to assist Member States with expert missions; (iv) accept the “Tsunami Hazard Zone” and “Tsunami Evacuation Route” signs and submit these to ISO; (v) recommend formal collaborative links with the Circum-Pacific Council; (vi) reduce the frequency of the Tsunami Newsletter to 4 issues per year; (vii) redefine the terms of reference of the IOC-ITSU and ITIC web sites; (viii) recommend close(r) collaboration with GLOSS, ISDR and with CEPREDENAC. The Group further revised the ITSU Master Plan Conclusions adding focus on the acquisition of data in real-time and optimizing the network to ensure accurate warning issuance and minimization of false warnings. The Group requested to urgently proceed with the Review of the ITSU Programme in 2004. The Group re-elected Dr François Schindelé and Dr Charles McCreery as Chair and Vice-Chair of ITSU respectively. The Group welcomed Mr Emilio Lorca as the new ITIC Associate Director, replacing CmDr Rodrigo Nuñez.

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