Critical Countdown: Using Local Data to Improve Tsunami Warnings

USAID-supported researchers at the Institute of Technology of Bandung (ITB), Indonesia are studying ways to communicate tsunami warning to communities living along the country’s coast where tsunami risk is highest. The work is supported through a PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) award to Dr. Harkunti Rayahu at ITB in partnership with colleagues at University of Pittsburgh. Results from these studies are helping local municipalities re-think their tsunami communication systems to improve citizen awareness and response to tsunami warnings. The PEER program supports researchers around the world working to help USAID achieve development priorities.