'INCOIS Developing 3D Protocol for Early Tsunami Warning'

By: Gizbot Bureau

Hyderabad, Dec 26 (PTI) The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is developing a GIS-based 3D protocol in its efforts towards innovating new methodologies and warning procedures for tsunamis, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsha Vardhan has said.

"Today after 10 years of this devastation (Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004), we once again pledge to strengthen our efforts further and introduce more innovations by evolving new strategies towards development of new methodologies and warning procedures (for tsunamis)," the minister said here today.

'INCOIS Developing 3D Protocol for Early Tsunami Warning'

"We are in process of developing a protocol on 3D model (3D mapping) which will be replicated by 3D mapping of vulnerable coastal areas," he said at the inauguration of a national workshop on 'Indian Tsunami Early Warning System: Progress, Challenges and Future Road Map' at the city-based INCOIS.

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Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary Shailesh Nayak said the future work is focused on sea-level inversion, real time inundation modelling, use of near-field GPS measurements of real-time rupture characterisation and GIS-3D mapping of vulnerable coastal areas. "We have the pilot (GIS-based 3D protocol) at Cuddalore and Nagapattinam areas and all vulnerable areas (coastal areas) in the country will have a 3D GIS map with all details about the area and the population," he said.

India will also be leading a 'Global Tsunami Warning System' in the Indian Ocean, Nayak said, adding that deliberation process has already begun for standardisation of information.

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