14 March 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-18
On Tuesday 20 March 2012 the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board will host the Thirteenth Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, Tsunamis: Are we underestimating the risk, featuring Eddie Bernard, Ph.D., Scientist Emeritus, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.This event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium.
The horrific December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed over 230,000 people and displaced 1.7 million across 14 countries, was a wake-up call for nations around the world, stimulating governments to address tsunami hazards. In the United States, Congress passed legislation to improve tsunami warning systems, preparedness, and education both internationally and locally. Then, the 2011 Japanese tsunami killed about 20,000 people in the most tsunami-prepared nation in the world. Major questions remain: are we still underestimating the threat to the United States and how best can we prepare our coastal communities in case of a devastating tsunami?
This event is free and open to the public, with a reception following the lecture. To register please visit:http://nas-sites.org/revellelecture.