Under the umbrella of the TRATE project, Dr. Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office has been contributing with other experts to update UNESCO-IOC guidelines on “Tsunami Risk Assessment and Mitigation for the Indian Ocean”. These guidelines had been elaborated and published in 2009. In this updated version, the guidelines take into consideration recent experiences from tsunamis that have affected Japan, Chile, Samoa and Indonesia and will address the use of space-based applications to contribute to risk assessment. The guidelines will benefit from contributions from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

These guidelines will be used to conduct a regional training workshop targeting representatives of institutions from countries exposed to tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. The training is expected to be held in the beginning of 2015.