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The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December  2004, in which over 250,000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) received a mandate from the international community to coordinate the establishment of the System during the course of several international and regional meetings, including the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, Japan, 18 – 22 January 2005), and the Phuket Ministerial Meeting on Regional Cooperation on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements (Phuket, Thailand, 28 and 29 January 2005). The IOC Assembly, during its twenty-third Session (21-30 June 2005), formally established the ICG/NEAMTWS through Resolution IOC-XXIII-14.The guidelines for the NEAMTWS activities are compiled in the NEAMTWS Imprementation Plan



Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner (Turkey, Middle East Technical University - METU): 2014-2015


Pierluigi Soddu (Italian Department for Civil Protection - DPC): 2014 - 2015

Trevor Guymer (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK): 2014-2015

Working Groups and Task Teams 

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group meets regularly to establish and implement working plans in the NEAM region. To address specific technical issues (terms of reference) it has formed four working groups and two task teams:

Working Group 1 - Hazard Assessment and Modelling - Co-chairs: Mauricio González (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain) and Jörn Behrens (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Working Group 2 - Seismic and Geophysical Measurements - Co-chairs: Stefano Lorito (INGV, Italy) and Gerasimos Chouliaras (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)

Working Group 3 - Sea Level Data Collection and Exchange, Including Offshore Tsunami Detection and Instruments - Co-chairs: Begoña Pérez Gómez (Puertos del Estado, Spain) and Dov S. Rosen (Sea Shore Rosen Engineering Consultants and advisor to the National Management Authority, Israel)

Working Group 4 - Public Awareness, Preparedness and Mitigation - Co-chairs: Emilie Crochet (Ministry of Interior, France) and Stefano Tinti (University of Bologna, Italy)

Task Team on Communication Test  - Co-chairs: Nikolaos Melis (National Observatory of Athens, Greece)and Fernando Carrilho (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Portugal)

Task Team on Tsunami Exercise - Co-chairs: Emilie Crochet (Ministry of Interior, France) and Marzia Santini (Italian Department for Civil Protection)

Task Team on Operations - Co-chairs: Alberto Michelini (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy) and  François Schidelé (Centre national d'alerte aux tsunamis, France)



Technical Secretary: Francesca Santoro

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