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Paleotsunami workshop conducted in Banda Aceh

As part of the “Assessment and Awareness of Makran Tsunami Hazards” project funded by the UNESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund, a 10-day workshop was held in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, from 10-20 July 2010.  Ten scientists from Pakistan and five from Indonesia joined with five international experts in palaeotsunami research to gain experience in assessing tsunami hazards and increasing awareness of them. The group was hosted by the Tsunami Disaster Mitigation and Research Centre (TDMRC) at Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh.

paleodiggersThe group visited several significant sites in Banda Aceh city, including the Tsunami Museum and field sites in coastal areas where sedimentological evidence of the 2004 tsunami can be seen.  The group learned about palaeotsunami research through practical experience, digging many trenches and taking cores in relevant sites.  They also interviewed eyewitnesses of the 2004 tsunami to gain an understanding of the sociological impact of such events.

The final day of the workshop was spent in Jakarta participating in a Regional Workshop on Lessons Learned on Tsunami Awareness and Educational Materials, which was being held by UNESCO Jakarta and the Jakarta Tsunami Information Centre as part of a larger project with South East Asian countries (also funded by UNESCAP).aceh-workshop

The skills gained in this workshop will be used by the Pakistani participants to conduct palaeotsunami research on the Makran coast of Pakistan, develop educational material for local Makran communities, and hold local information workshops in conjunction with local authorities.

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UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE Oostende, Belgium
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