Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2465–2482, 2013

Special issue: New challenges for tsunami science: understanding tsunami...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2465–2482, 2013

Research article 09 Oct 2013

Research article | 09 Oct 2013

Simulation systems for tsunami wave propagation forecasting within the French tsunami warning center

A. Gailler, H. Hébert, A. Loevenbruck, and B. Hernandez A. Gailler et al.
  • CEA, DAM, DIF, 91297 Arpajon, France

Abstract. A model-based tsunami prediction system has been developed as part of the French Tsunami Warning Center (operational since 1 July 2012). It involves a precomputed unit source functions database (i.e., a number of tsunami model runs that are calculated ahead of time and stored). For the Mediterranean basin, the faults of the unit functions are placed adjacent to each other, following the discretization of the main seismogenic faults. An automated composite scenarios calculation tool is implemented to allow the simulation of any tsunami propagation scenario (i.e., of any seismic moment). Uncertainty on the magnitude of the detected event and inaccuracy of the epicenter location are taken into account in the composite scenarios calculation. Together with this forecasting system, another operational tool based on real time computing is implemented as part of the French Tsunami Warning Center. This second tsunami simulation tool takes advantage of multiprocessor approaches and more realistic seismological parameters, once the focal mechanism is established. Three examples of historical earthquakes are presented, providing warning refinement compared to the rough tsunami risk map given by the model-based decision matrix.