Earthquake and Tsunami Early Warning Applications Workshop

Bogaziçi University Kandilli Observatory and
Earthquake Research Institute
Istanbul - Turkey

: October 5, 2010

Location: Conference Room
Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute

Registration fee: There is no registration fee for participants
Please inform us ( by September 10 for registration and if you would like to make a presentation.

RSVP:We would like to receive your abstract by September 20.

In the frame of the 2010 Turkish-Japanese Year celebration in Turkey, a workshop on Earthquake Tsunami Early Warning Applications will be held at Kandilli Observatory Campus, Istanbul 5th October 2010, under the sponsorship of the Japanese General Consulate of Istanbul, Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool (TCIP) and Turkcell GSM Company.

Technological advances in seismic instrumentation and telecommunication permit the implementation of real-time rapid response and early warning systems. During large earthquakes, such systems are capable of providing from a few seconds to a few tens of seconds of warning before the arrival of strong ground shaking and enable quick reports about the damage estimates to determine where emergency response is most needed. An earthquake early warning and rapid response system can provide the critical information needed to minimize loss of lives and property, and to direct rescue operations.

After the Sumatra earthquake in 2004, the global community felt the need of establing regional tsunami warning systems, and within this framework, KOERI is also setting up a Tsunami Warning Center which is expected to act also as a regional center under the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) initiative.

For early warning sytems, whether addressing earthquake or tsunami hazard, communication systems are of crucial importance. In case of Turkey, Turkish railway and natural gas distribution system is not fully integrated into our Eartquake Early Warning System at the moment. With this workshop, we are aiming to bring especially Japanese scientist and Japanese company researchers together with our scientific and technical community, to assess the scientific basis and technological needs for current communication technologies, together with prospects for earthquake and tsunami early warning with the goal of producing plans for prototyping and testing ETEW systems, message dissemination, area mail contribution, etc.

We would like to invite scientists, technical and policy related people familiar with and interested in the tsunami warning systems, seismic intensity information and earthquake early warning systems to this workshop. To be registered, please kindly send an e-mail to by September 10, 2010.

As the organizing committee, we are looking forward to see you at our workshop on 5 October 2010

Prof. Mustafa Erdik                                    Assoc.Prof. Nurcan Meral Özel
KOERI Director


For those wishing to attend the workshop, please send an email to by September 10.

Important Dates:
September 10 : Deadline for registration and notification for presentations

September 20: Abstract submission deadline