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Geoscience Australia Researchers share in national award

A collaborative project on tsunami risk modelling has drawn national recognition for Geoscience Australia and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) with an Australian Safer Communities Award.

Tsunami Modelling Team members from Geoscience Australia and FESA: Copyright Geoscience Australia

The project, Tsunami Planning and Preparation in Western Australia, received the Projects of National Significance award in the Pre-disaster category at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra, on 14 February. The Australian Safer Communities Awards 2007 are sponsored by Emergency Management Australia (EMA) in conjunction with States and Territories and recognise organisations and individuals for best practice and innovations which help to build safer communities across Australia.

The Tsunami Planning and Preparation Project followed the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 and its impact on the West Australian coast. The event led to Geoscience Australia and FESA establishing a collaborative research partnership to address the potential threat posed by tsunami to the West Australian coastline.

The partnership aimed at developing and applying state-of-the-art science to model the tsunami risk and create effective ways to communicate that science to inform and underpin emergency management plans.

The project has resulted in information and data to support planning to mitigate tsunami damage and their impact on communities and critical infrastructure along the coastline as well as providing scientific input to EMA’s national approach to capacity building and tsunami awareness.

The research also has resulted in the development of a scientific model for other jurisdictions to better understand their tsunami risk.

This is the second award that Geoscience Australia and FESA have shared regarding tsunami modelling. The first was the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA) in the Spatially Enabled Government category for work on Tsunami Risk Modelling for Emergency Management. More information on tsunami