GGOS Focus Area
The GGOS Geohazards Focus Area seeks to accelerate and guide the acceptance of new geodetic capability to improve resilience to environmental hazards. The Focus Area establishes working groups comprised of GGOS members and the responsible agencies of participating nations. The Focus Area encourages the sharing of intellectual, financial and physical resources as recommended by the UN-GGIM.
The COVID-19 health and economic crisis is impacting the Geohazards Focus Area. The Focus Area had announced a group meeting GTEWS 2020 as a sequel to GTEWS 2017 in collaboration with the IUGG, APRU, Tohoku University, U. California-Davis. The meeting is now postponed due to the challenges of travel due to the pandemic and its aftermath.
Given this delay, the Geohazards Focus Area determined that it is best to move forward with the first recommendation of the GTEWS 2017 workshop i.e., the establishment of a consortium to oversee the development and operation of a GNSS Tsunami Early Warning capability for the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean Basins. The IUGG is making starter funds to support the planning of a meeting of principal organizations to develop a GTEWS Consortium to encourage the shared access to real time multi-GNSS data and processing software within cloud computing environment.
The concept of a meeting of principals to discuss the GTEWS Consortium has been endorsed by the GGOS Coordinating Board, the IAG President, the IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability (GRC) . The Geohazards Focus Area is working with the GRC and the Geodesy4Sendai activity of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to develop support and resources to assemble a consortium of principal organizations for the formation of the GTEWS Consortium. We believe that the members of the GATEW working group will play an essential role within the GTEWS Consortium.
During the coming months, the GATEW Working Group will conduct virtual meetings of small subgroups to discuss support for GTEWS Consortium its goals, strategies and timelines and membership composition including those government agencies responsible for the disaster risk management. The Focus Area will recommend that the findings and recommendations of the GTEWS 2017 workshop serve as the foundation for the GTEWS Consortium. Furthermore, the GTEWS Consortium will likely require;
- National government participation for access to real time data
- Participation of national emergency response agencies to insure proper interface and support.
- Broadband communications secure during disaster response
- Cloud computing support
- Science and technology readiness
(last update 11/2020)