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Pacific Tsunami warning system built on Tasmania.

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Pacific Tsunami Warning System Built On Tasmania

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Senator Guy Barnett has inspected a sea-level gauge at Spring Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast which is designed to be part of an exclusive network of stations providing international warnings of tsunamis in our region.

The device is located at a purpose built jetty at Triabunna and is one of 14 warning gauges installed across Australia’s coastline.

The National Tide Centre was officially opened by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology in Adelaide. The NTC is part of the Bureau of Meteorology’s Oceanographic Services Program.

Senator Barnett said the sea-level gauge installed at Spring Bay, Triabunna was part of the NTC’s network of high quality tide and sea-level gauges in the Australian region and Pacific Ocean and would contribute to the development of a national and international tsunami warning system.

“During last year’s Boxing Day Tsunami, the NTC’s sea-level gauge at Cocos Island in the Indian Ocean played an important role in the relay of vital information to ports and emergency services along Australia’s western coastline by the Bureau’s Perth

office,” Senator Barnett said.

“The sea-level gauge at Spring Bay will monitor sea level changes and can provide this data to the NTC in real time every minute of every day for analysis and interpretation.

"It provides a valuable contribution to the Australian sea level network that will feed through to the Australian Tsunami Warning System," he said.

It will also form a pivotal part of the NTC data provided to the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, whose secretariat is to be based at the Bureau of Meteorology’s offices in Perth, and facilitate warnings in the South West Pacific by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii.

In last May’s Federal Budget, the Australian Government committed $68.9 million to improving tsunami warning services in Australia. This is a collaborative effort through the Bureau, Geoscience Australia and Emergency Management Australia.

The NTC also provides daily tide forecasts for a selection of major locations across Australia and the region. It also monitors long-term and short-term sea level change, associated with phenomena such as climate change and storm surges resulting from cyclones. This information is available at:


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