High-quality tsunami simulation and prediction models exist, but are hard to locate and understand
They are in the hands of individual researchers located at various institutions throughout the world.
To obtain critical predictive information (e.g., wave height and propagation estimates, run up effects),
each model must be run with particular input data (specific coastline and underwater geography,
historical water levels, tidal patterns, etc.). While much of the data is available online,
it must be located and gathered from a variety of agencies, then converted to the appropriate
formats for each model.
Further, the computing resources for executing the models are scattered, with computer architecture,
system availability, and access varying from one location to another. Expert computing knowledge is
required to install the models, expert geographic information knowledge is required to convert and
properly align the input data, and expert tsunami knowledge is required to accurately interpret simulation
results. The Tsunami Computational Portal (TCP) provides a collaborative forum where these areas of
expertise come together in support of tsunami research and mitigation.
The TCP is being developed jointly by two institutions:
with contributions of models and geospatial data
from the greater community. Development of the TCP is funded by the Federal government through NOAA
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