Towards the new Thematic Core Service Tsunami within the EPOS Research Infrastructure

Tsunamis constitute a significant hazard for European coastal populations, and the impact of tsunami events worldwide can extend well beyond the coastal regions directly affected. Understanding the complex mechanisms of tsunami generation, propagation, and inundation, as well as managing the tsunami risk, requires multidisciplinary research and infrastructures that cross national boundaries. Recent decades have seen both great advances in tsunami science and consolidation of the European tsunami research community. A recurring theme has been the need for a sustainable platform for coordinated tsunami community activities and a hub for tsunami services. Following about three years of preparation, in July 2021, the European tsunami community attained the status of Candidate Thematic Core Service (cTCS) within the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) Research Infrastructure. Within a transition period of three years, the Tsunami candidate TCS is anticipated to develop into a fully operational EPOS TCS. We here outline the path taken to reach this point, and the envisaged form of the future EPOS TCS Tsunami. Our cTCS is planned to be organised within four thematic pillars: (1) Support to Tsunami Service Providers, (2) Tsunami Data, (3) Numerical Models, and (4) Hazard and Risk Products. We outline how identified needs in tsunami science and tsunami risk mitigation will be addressed within this structure and how participation within EPOS will become an integration point for community development.


Tsunami, Natural hazards, Community building, EPOS, Research infrastructure

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Babeyko Andrey, Lorito Stefano, Hernandez Francisco, Lauterjungl Joern, Lovholt Finn, Rudloff Alexander, Sorensen Mathilde, Androsov Alexey, Aniel-Quiroga Inigo, Armigliato Alberto, Baptista Maria Ana, Baglione Enrico, Basili Roberto, Behrens Joern, Brizuela Beatriz, Brunie Sergio, Cambaz M. Didem, Cantavella-Nadal Juan, Carrilho Fernando, Chandler Ian, Chang-Seng Denis, Charalampakis Marinos, Cugliari Lorenzo, Denamie Clea, Dogan Gozde Guney, Festa Gaetano, Fuhrman David, Gabriel Alice-Agnes, Galea Pauline, Gibbons Steven J., Gonzalez Mauricio, Graziani Laura, Gutscher Marc-Andre, Harig Sven, Hebert Helen, Ionescu Constantin, Jalayer Fatemeh, Kalligeris Nikos, Kanoglu Utku, Lanucara Piero, Macias Sanchez Jorge, Murphy Shane, Necmioglu Ocal, Omira Rachid, Papadopoulos Gerassimos A., Paris Raphael, Romano Fabrizio, Rossetto Tiziana, Selva Jacopo, Scala Antonio, Tonini Roberto, Trevlopoulos Konstantinos, Triantafyllou Ioanna, Urgeles Roger, Vallone Roberto, Vilibic Ivica, Volpe Manuela, Yalciner Ahmet C. (2022). Towards the new Thematic Core Service Tsunami within the EPOS Research Infrastructure. Annals Of Geophysics. 65 (2). DM215 (21p.).,

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