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

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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberDM215
JournalAnnals of Geophysics
Issue number2
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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


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