Introduction

December 2014 is the 10 year anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami generated by an undersea megathrust earthquake offshore Sumatra. This Sumatra-Andaman earthquake (Mw 9.1-9.3) triggered the most devastating tsunami in modern times inundating coasted communities with waves up to 30 meters high affecting 18 countries, killing more than 250,000 people and leaving more than 1.7 millions homeless.

Apart from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, over the past decade we have seen tsunamis generated by 14 great earthquakes (M ≥ 8.0) around the world, one of which was the Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami on 11 march 2011 (Mw 8.9-9.0). With modern technology come more scientific studies following these tsunamis. In order to communicate the science and integrate scientific findings with disaster mitigation, we invite you to share your date, findings and views regarding tsunami science, technology and disaster mitigation at the 4th ITFS in Phuket, Thailand. The major topics of the symposium are as follows;

  1. Science: Tectonophysics, impact to marine and coastal ecosystem, sedimentology and geomorphology
  2. Technology: Modeling and assessing hazards, risk evaluation damage estimation and detection, remote sensing and GIS
  3. Disaster Mitigation: Structural and non-structural countermeasures, disaster, preparedness and education