Natural Hazards

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 35–41 | Cite as

Real-Time Tsunami Forecasting: Challenges and Solutions

  • Vasily V. Titov
  • Frank I. Gonzalez
  • E. N. Bernard
  • Marie C. Eble
  • Harold O. Mofjeld
  • Jean C. Newman
  • Angie J. Venturato


A new method for real-time tsunami forecasting will provide NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers with forecast guidance tools during an actual tsunami event. PMEL has developed the methodology of combining real-time data from tsunameters with numerical model estimates to provide site- and event-specific forecasts for tsunamis in real time. An overview of the technique and testing of this methodology is presented.


tsunami real-time forecast tsunami measurement tsunami model data assimilation data inversion tsunami warning tsunameters 



bottom pressure recorder


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


Method of Splitting Tsunamis


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory


National Aeronautics and Space Administration


National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Pacific Disaster Center


Tsunami Warning Center


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasily V. Titov
    • 1
  • Frank I. Gonzalez
    • 2
  • E. N. Bernard
    • 2
  • Marie C. Eble
    • 2
  • Harold O. Mofjeld
    • 2
  • Jean C. Newman
    • 3
  • Angie J. Venturato
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISA0)Seattle USA
  2. 2.NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)Seattle USA
  3. 3.University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISA0) Seattle USA

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