GITEWS (German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System)
The German conception of the establishment of a Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean is based on different kinds of sensor systems, namely seismometers, GPS instruments, tide gauges and buoys as well as ocean bottom pressure sensors.
In a central warning center in Indonesia remarkable sensor data immediately is verified with a multitude of pre-computed tsunami simulations to derive and to deliver trusted warnings.
GITEWS is a project of the German Government at the reconstruction of the tsunami-prone region of the Indian Ocean. It is accomplished by a consortium of nine institutions:
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), German Aerospace Center (DLR), GKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung (KDM), Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).