Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
07 Jun 2010
 | 07 Jun 2010

A new multi-sensor approach to simulation assisted tsunami early warning

J. Behrens, A. Androsov, A. Y. Babeyko, S. Harig, F. Klaschka, and L. Mentrup

Abstract. A new tsunami forecasting method for near-field tsunami warning is presented. This method is applied in the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System, as part of the Indonesian Tsunami Warning Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. The method employs a rigorous approach to minimize uncertainty in the assessment of tsunami hazard in the near-field. Multiple independent sensors are evaluated simultaneously in order to achieve an accurate estimation of coastal arrival times and wave heights within very short time after a submarine earthquake event. The method is validated employing a synthetic (simulated) tsunami event, and in hindcasting the minor tsunami following the Padang 30 September 2009 earthquake.