SHOM will take part in setting up a tsunami warning system
The fifth meeting was held from 3 to 5 November in Athens of the intergovernmental coordination group for setting up a warning system for tsunamis and other coastal dangers in the Mediterranean and North-East Atlantic (GIC SATANEM), organised by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
Jean-Louis BORLOO, Minister of State, Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town & Country Planning, Michèle ALLIOT-MARIE, Minister for Home and Foreign Affairs and Local Government, and Nathalie KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET, Secretary of State responsible for Ecology, jointly issued a press communiqué on 4 November stating their wish to see "the centre for warnings of tsunamis and other dangers for the western Mediterranean established in France."
At the meeting in Athens, the French delegation therefore announced the establishment of a tsunami warning centre which will be accommodated within the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) and declared that this centre will be available to house a regional centre to watch out for tsunamis in the western Mediterranean.
SHOM, one of whose experts attended the meeting in Athens, will contribute actively to setting up this facility thanks to its sea level observation network RONIM (30 tide gauges in mainland Franceand overseas). The progressive implementation of real-time analysis of the heights of sea levels, partly financed by this project, will represent a major advance in preventing coastal dangers.
Link to the press communiqué from MEEDDAT and MIOMCT