Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Tsunami forecasting conference opens in Perth

    3/08/2005 12:00 AM

    A major conference to discuss ways to help minimise the impact of tsunamis on nations across the Indian Ocean begins in Perth today.

    Science Minister Judy Edwards this afternoon will officially welcome the delegates to the Intergovernmental Co-ordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System conference.

    The 100 delegates represent Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) members in the Indian Ocean region and other member countries.

    Dr Edwards said the State Government was particularly pleased that the secretariat for the warning system would be based in Perth.

    “The intergovernmental commission is to be congratulated on the way in which it has taken the initiative after the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean last December to build the warning system,” she said.

    “The State Government, through the Office of Science and Innovation, has had a close working relationship with the IOC office in Perth over the past six years.

    “This has assisted in gaining the support of the IOC to operate the warning system out of its Perth office.

    “The State Government also is working with a number of agencies and universities and has established the WA Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) that will play a role in research into a broad range of marine issues, including tsunamis.

    “Oceans systems forecasting is one of the three key science themes through which the institute will drive marine research.

    “The strength achieved through WAMSI will deliver benefits to Western Australia through knowledge and innovations that will contribute to issues such as the conservation of WA’s biodiversity and marine tourism icons.

    “The conference will look at the future operations of the intergovernmental group to support the tsunami warning and mitigation system, including resources and objectives.

    ”This will provide WA with an opportunity not only to support countries throughout the Indian Ocean region, but also to enhance the State’s knowledge of tsunamis and their impacts.”

    Minister's office: 9220 5050