BACKGROUND: Pioneering tsunami research in the U.S. begun at the University of Hawaii following the devastating 1946 tsunami. Scientists at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), and at the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) contributed significantly over the years towards the development of tsunami research, to improvements of the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, and to tsumami preparedness around the world. Other prominent scientists from as far away as Alaska, other U.S. States and countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Oceania and Central and South America, joined in this effort.
The Tsunami Society was organized in 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii, by Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis and the late Dr. William Mansfield Adams snd Dr. Augustine S. Furumoto as a professional Society and as a focal organization promoting global research and supporting efforts to increase and disseminate knowledge about tsunamis and their hazards.
Hawaii, to this day, continues to be a signicant center for tsunami research and for advances in tsunami warning technology. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the International Tsunami Information Center of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the Hilo Tsunami Museum are here. Numerous prominent scientists at the University of Hawaii are actively working on tsunami research projects. Finally, the Hawaii State Civil Defense has a very effective program on tsunami preparedness and been designated as the best organized in the U.S.
The name of the Society was changed in 2004 to Tsunami Society International, in view of the increased membership and contributions of scientists from around the world and the increase global distribution of the intenational, award-winning journal: SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS (STH).
STH is a Certified, OPEN ACCESS Journal included in the prestigious internationalacademic journal database DOAJ maintained by the University of Lund in Sweden with the support of the European Union. “SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS” is also preserved and archived at the National Library, The Hague, Netherlands and at the U.S. Library of Congress, in Washington D.C., USA. Older issues are also archived at the US Los Alamos Laboratory Library. Furthermore,
STH is included in EBSCO and ELSEVIER and SPRINGER Publishing databases, which give the journal additional
global exposure and readership in the databases of 90% of the academic institutions worldwide, including nation-wide access to databases in more than 70 countries.
In addition to the publication of four issues of the “Science of Tsunami Hazards” peryear, TSI participates with DOAJ, the University of Lund in Sweden, the European Library at the Hague and European research libraries to help digitize all past articles in “SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS”, so they can be searchable online with the submission of metadata. We spend a great deal of time in this effort so that we can increase, even more, the visibility and usage of past and recent articles included in our Journal.
All past publications of the journal have been archived and we continue the processing and the systematic compressing of individual files to even smaller sizes to facilitate faster browsing and downloading. We are constantly optimizing our electronic database, improving the ranking of our website and registering the STH journal with prestigious databases for listing - so as to meet the increased, international scientific demands for tsunami data (which became significantly greater since the 2004 Indian Ocean, the 2010 Chilean, the 2011 Japan, the 2012 Canada and the 2013 Solomon Island
Mandate and Mission of the Tsunami Society
Tsunami Society International promotes the awareness and mitigation of tsunami hazards globally by sponsorship workshops, meetings and symposia, and by disseminating knowledge about tsunamis to scientists, officials, the media and the public through the publication of "Science of Tsunami Hazards", a home page, and other venues. Tsunami Society International provides a focus for discussion and interactions among its members, government agencies and the public. The primary objective is to mitigate the adverse impact of tsunamis on humanity.
Tsunami Society encourages collaborative and multidisciplinary research related to the tsunami hazards for the purpose of promoting education, training, public awareness and implementation of early warning systems that can save lives around the world and safeguard property. The Society, promotes the concept that tsunamis have a common adverse impact on mankind that transcends national boundaries and interests and, therefore, encourages regional and international cooperation for research, education and preparedness. More specifically - and particularly after the tragic (2004) Tsunami Disaster in the Indian Ocean - the Society has greatly expanded its role and has held several international symposia and training programs around the world.
Additionally, Tsunami Soociety International promotes the setting up of facilities required for the undertaking of research on tsunamis, based on a holistic multidisciplinary approach that combines theoretical and applied sciences and mathematics, engineering, remote sensing methods, as well as social sciences, to the understanding of the tsunami phenomenon;
The Society, coordinates and promotes the mitigation of the adverse impact of tsunamis on humanity through the implementation and establishement of effective, early warning systems and through programs of education and preparedness;
Additionally, the Society co-operates with other international scientific organizations, governments, foundations, industries, academic institutions and other professional groups concerned with the hazards of tsunamis, and acts as a focal point in assisting coordination between research institutions and universities around the world - which promote programs of theoretical and applied tsunami research.
Supports the organization of training programs, symposiums, workshops, seminars and other meetings to study topics of interest related to tsunami studies and preparedness;
Conducts an international Tsunami Symposium every two years. In rricaecent years the Society has held symposiums at the University of Hawaii campus, in Toronto Canada, in Ispra, Italy,at the Univeristy of Costa Rica and has been invited and held seminars and training sessions in Ukraine, Malta, Hong Kong, Beijing, India, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador , Italy, Greece and many othe countries.
Assists governmental and private organizations with the establishment of appropriate liaison mechanisms.
INTERNATIONAL TSUNAMI SOCIETY OFFICERS
At the present time the officers are:
Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis, President
Dr. Tad Murty, Vice-President
Dr. Carolyn Forbes, Secretary/Treasurer
SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS - The Journal of the International Tsunami Society
In support of the above stated mission and functions and to increase and disseminate knowledge about tsunamis and their hazards, for more than 35 years, the International Tsunami Society has published continuously a journal known as "SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS".
In recent years many tsunami research papers have been published in a variety of other miscellaneous journals. However, none of these journals are dedicated specifically to tsunamis. Searching for specific data and research results about tsunamis is often difficult and time consumming. Subscription costs are usually high. Papers published in such journals have limited dissemination. The general public and scientists from developing countries, with limited institutional sponsorship and support, are often unable to subscribe or access these journals. However, Tsunami Society International makes all of its publications available readily to the international scientific community and to the general public free of charge.
Finally, to assure high quality standards of publication, all papers submitted to the Science of Tsunami Hazards Journal receive a thorough "peer-review" by an International Editorial Board conssiting of senior scholars with specific multidisciplinary expertise. The archived published papers in the Society's journal include a wealth of data, research results and references on tsunamis that does not exist anywhere else.
Past issues of the journal are also available at mirror site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, http://epubs.lanl.gov/tsunami
These mirror sites will eventually be phased out.