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The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)

Here are no news from DEWS but an informative video from the WMO explaining the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). Which is also used as central interchange format within DEWS, see Generic Information Logistics for Early Warning System (ISCRAM conference 2011).

CCUI test run at JRC European Crisis Management Laboratory

In the context of the TRIDEC project the Command and Control User Interface (CCUI) was tested at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), located in Ispra (Italy), in the European Crisis Management Laboratory. It acts as a research, development and test facility for ICT focused solutions, integrating devices, applications, and crisis management related information sources to support crisis management needs such as threats analysis, common situation awareness, and collaborative decision making.

The JRC Crisis Management Laboratory is equipped with a 15m² large video wall and it was quite impressive to the CCUI running there.

The video wall at JRC. The right half is filled with the CCUI showing a tsunami scenario for the eastern Mediterranean area. This scenario has been developed in the context of the TRIDEC project. The left side of the video wall is filled with the Tsunami Analysis Tool (TAT), a product of JRC/CRITECH.

Close-up of the CCUI. The scenario shows an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 eastward of Crete. Below the video wall the Tsunami Alerting Device informs about a real 4.7 earthquake which occurred in the meantime.

A short sequence of the CCUI. It shows the classification of Turkish administrative units on the basis of wave propagation forecasts.

DEWS installation at BMKG in Jakarta, Indonesia

Last week DEWS has been successfully installed at the Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG), the Indonesian tsunami early warning centre in Jakarta. A core-team of ATOS (project co-ordinator) and GFZ (technical co-ordinator) perpared the installation with a great support of local staff. On Tuesday, October 11, the offical handover took place. DEWS has been installed for evaluation and testing purposes in a closed and secure test environment, within the domain of Tsunami Crisis Centre and is solely used by its technical personnel. The deployed version of system corresponds to the DEWS National Centre (NC) version, being possible in the future to deploy the DEWS Wide Area Centre (WAC) version for international communication with other DEWS National Centres.

Drs. Suhardjono, Dipl. Seis., Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG) and Jose Maria Cavanillas, Atos Research & Innovation Director

The presentation included an outlook using DEWS technologies as Wide Area Centre. This system of systems approach based on standardized interfaces and warning products follows official IOC RTSP guidelines and uses  official coastal forecast zones for ocean-wide tsunami prediction.

Large screen: DEWS Wide Area Centre (WAC) with ocean wide tsunami forecast using IOTWS coastal forecast zones. Small screen: DEWS national centre Indonesia temporarily (just for this presentation) connected to the WAC.

After the handover the team were invited to accompany the IOWAVE 11 on October 12 in parallel to the official exercise. Thus DEWS was exercised with a tsunami scenario close to Aceh and similar to the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 which earthquake parameters provided the base for the scenario used officially in the IOWAVE 11. DEWS not being an offical part of the IOWAVE 11 performed the scenario successfully and the team received the invitation and participation as great honour.
Finally we would like to thank the whole BMKG team who have supported the continued DEWS activities and who supported the installation and deployment professionally so that the ATOS and GFZ have been able to handover the system in time with the required quality.

Drs. Suhardjono discussing the WAC with a colleague.

Presentation at AGIT 2011 Conference in Salzburg (Austria)

On the 23rd AGIT conference in Salzburg Matthias Lendholt (GFZ) presented the "WPS Application Profile Group for Geocodes". These services were developed within the DEWS context to access spatial data infrastructure (SDI) focussing on administrative units, their hierarchy and the mapping between geocodes and geometries.

Fore more impressions of the AGIT visit the AGIT facebook photo album.

DEWS @ research*eu results magazine (June 2011): "EU creates tsunami early warning system"

"EU-funded researchers have helped develop an early warning system that will protect vulnerable communities from tsunamis and avoid future terrible losses of life such as that suffered in Indonesia and Sri Lanka in December 2004, and more recently in Japan."

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research*eu results Issue 3 - June 2011
Languages: en (1,7 MB)

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