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National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (NMHEWS) in Oman

Sea Level Monitoring Station in Muscat, Sultanate of OmanOn 22 October 2009, UNESCO signed an MoU with the Ministry of Transports and Communications of the Sultanate of Oman which established the conditions of a self-benefiting Fund in Trust to set up a National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (SbFiT NMHEWS) in Oman. The technical missions conducted by the IOC on the request of Oman since 2005 addressed the risk for Oman from tsunami near-field seismic sources such as the Makran source. The project aims at supporting the Direction of Meteorology of Oman (DGMAN) to build a brand new NMHEW Center focused initially on tsunami hazard.  It is planned for a period of two years and covers 9 components: (i) NHMEWC staff Terms of Reference (ii) Sea Level Monitoring Network (iii) Seismic Monitoring Network (iv) Communication system for warning dissemination, (v) Education and public awareness, (vi) Bathymetry and Topography, Risk Assessment, (vii) Computers and hardware, (viii) Hazard and Modelling and (ix) IOTWS Coordination.The kick off mission for the project was conducted from 2-8 September, 2010  Not less than six new multi-use sea level stations will be installed in the coast of Oman during the period 2010-2011. In addition, tsunami hazard maps will be developed.


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