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2019 NTHMP Annual Meeting

January 28-31, February 1, 2019

Hilton Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Page updated: December 12, 2018
Registered attendees


Meeting information links:   Meeting dates — Description of Meetings — Meeting Registration and Attendees
Logistics information links:    Housing — Ground Transportation — More Information


NTHMP Meetings Schedule

Monday
January 28
Tuesday
January 29
Wednesday
January 30
Thursday
January 31
Friday
February 1
MMS Meeting
8:00-2:50
South Park Room


WCS Meeting
8:00-10:50
North Park Room


MES Meeting
11:00 - 2:50
North Park Room


Island Caucus
3:00-5:00
North Park Room
Workshop #1
8:00-10:00
Hillcrest Room
Workshop #2
10:15-12:00
Hillcrest Room
BLOCK 1:
1:00 - 3:00

Workshop #3a
North Park Room
--- OR ---
Workshop #3b
South Park Room
BLOCK 2:
3:15 - 5:00

Workshop #4a
North Park Room
--- OR ---
Workshop #4b
South Park Room
NTHMP
Annual Meeting


General Topics
8:00 - 5:00
Hillcrest Room
NTHMP
Partners
Poster Session

8:00-10:00
Hillcrest Room


Field Visit
Mission Beach
Group Lunch

10:30 - 1:00


NOAA/NWS
Grantees
Meeting

1:30 - 5:00
Hillcrest Room
NTHMP
Coordinating
Committee
Meeting

8:00-11:00
South Park Room
No after-
meetings
planned
Dinner on
your own
Leadership
Dinner
Dinner on
your own
Dinner on
your own
Safe return
travels!

(Abbreviations are defined below)


Mapping & Modeling Subcommittee (MMS) Meeting

This meeting will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 8:00am to 2:50pm.

This is a regularly-scheduled in-person business meeting of the MMS. The primary purpose of this meeting is to conduct routine subcommittee business: to update the MMS Annual Work Plan and Vision Plan, elect a state Co-Chair, and discuss some technical matters and collaborative products. Meeting agenda posted.

Who should attend:

  • Science Representatives who serve on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee.
  • Appointed MMS members and guests
  • Others who are interested may attend this open meeting.


Warning Coordination Subcommittee (WCS) Meeting

This meeting will be held Monday, January 28, 2019, 8:00am to 10:50am.

This is a regularly-scheduled in-person business meeting of the WCS. The primary purpose of this meeting is to conduct routine subcommittee business: to update the WCS Annual Work Plan and elect a state Co-Chair. A meeting agenda is forthcoming.

Who should attend:

  • Emergency Management representatives who serve on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee.
  • NWS Region Tsunami POCs
  • Others who are interested may attend this open meeting.


Mitigation & Education Subcommittee (MES) Meeting

This meeting will be held Monday, January 28, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:50pm.

This is a regularly-scheduled in-person business meeting of the MES. The primary purpose of this meeting is to conduct routine subcommittee business: to update the MES Annual Work Plan and elect two Co-Chairs. A meeting agenda is forthcoming.

Who should attend:



NTHMP Island Caucus

This meeting will be held Monday, January 28, 2019 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

The NTHMP Island Caucus is an informal, non-voting group formed to exchange ideas and information about tsunami issues specific to islands. A meeting agenda is forthcoming.

Who should attend:

  • People who represent or have interests related to U.S. island state (Hawaii) and territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • International Tsunami Information Center and Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program representatives
  • Others who are interested may attend this open meeting.


Workshop #1

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2018, from 8:00am to 10:00am

Sulawesi Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami. Discussants Dr. Laura Kong and others TBD. Description: a devastating tsunami struck Palu, Indonesia, on September 28, 2018 after a shallow, 7.5M earthquake struck in the neck of the Minahasa Peninsula, Indonesia. Thousands of people were killed and injured. Dr. Kong visited this region in November, 2018. She will provide information about her observations, including the science of what are the suspected causes of the tsunami, as well as local alerting, response, and recovery actions. We will also discuss parallels of this event with the San Andreas fault system in the United States.

Anyone may attend this workshop regardless of subcommittee affiliation.

Workshop #2

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2018, from 10:15am to 12:00noon

Powell Center Working Group on Tsunami Sources. Discussants Stephanie Ross, Rick Wilson, Dmitry Nicolsky, Marie Eble and others TBD. Description: The Powell Center Working Group on Tsunami Sources is holding a series of 4-5 day workshops over two years with the goal of developing a suite of tsunami sources to help improve preparedness and mitigation efforts. At this workshop, we will provide updates on results from the Alaska tsunami source workshop and on planning for future workshops: 1) East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean tsunami sources (Spring 2019), and 2) Pacific tsunami sources other than Alaska/Cascadia (Fall 2019), including those affecting Pacific island territories. We’ll also be presenting and discussing examples of how this information can be applied.

Anyone may attend this workshop regardless of subcommittee affiliation.

Concurrent Workshops #3a or 3b

These simultaneously-scheduled workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Workshop 3a: End-to-End Tsunami Mitigation Strategies for Maritime Communities. Lead: Rick Wilson. Discussants: Jon Allan, Kevin Miller, others TBD. Description: Members of the MES and MMS are working together to develop tsunami guidance and products for ports and harbor to implement “soft-mitigation” through response activities, and “hard-mitigation” through direct improvements to the port/harbor facilities and infrastructure. This workshop will address both simple and complex hazard analysis techniques and mitigation measures as well as strategies to obtain mitigation funding.

Workshop 3b: Volcano-induced Tsunamis. Discussants: Cheung, Grilli, Kirby, von Hillebrandt-Andrade. Description: The U.S. Tsunami Warning System and the operations of its Tsunami Warning Centers are focused on tsunamis generated from earthquake events. Nevertheless, 5% of tsunamis that occur worldwide are associated with volcanic activity. This workshop will focus on the hazard from tsunamis associated with volcanoes as well as open a discussion on tsunami warning services from volcanic events.

Anyone may attend these workshop regardless of subcommittee affiliation.

Concurrent Workshops #4a or 4b

These simultaneously-scheduled workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2018, from 3:15pm to 5:00pm

Workshop 4a: Hazard Assessment Gap Analysis. Discussants Nicolsky, Allan, and others to be confirmed. Description: A goal of the Gap Analysis is to develop an inventory of the status of hazard mitigation products (modeling/mapping activities (e.g. tsunami hazard maps, port maritime guidance, evacuation modeling), and education/outreach (e.g. wayfinding signage, sirens, guidance plans etc.) across all NTHMP partners. In this workshop, we will review an approach to define the status of tsunami mitigation. This approach is essential for identifying where gaps exist and ultimately will help guide decision making for future NTHMP activities, while also providing the necessary information that could be used to develop metrics of preparedness.

Workshop 4b: Examining Tsunami Watch, Advisory, and Warning Alerts. Leaders: Eli Jacks, Danielle Nagele. Description: The National Weather Service (NWS) Hazard Simplification (Haz Simp) project was initiated to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the "Watch, Warning, Advisory" (WWA) system. The Haz Simp team worked with social scientists to conduct a public survey to explore alternative warning language and its efficacy in promoting appropriate action. In this Workshop we will discuss results of this survey and potential applications to tsunami alerts. We would like to engage with the tsunami stakeholder community to understand how a change in WWA terminology could impact decision making processes and operations.

Anyone may attend these workshops regardless of subcommittee affiliation.


NTHMP Annual Meeting

This meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together state, territory, university, and Federal agency partners to strategize, collaborate, and continue progress on making the nation safer from the threat of tsunamis, improve mapping, modeling, mitigation and education for tsunamis, and enhance tsunami warning products. This is an open meeting.

Click here for the meeting agenda  (Updated 12/07/2018).

We are thrilled to have as our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Dennis Mileti, a retired professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Director Emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Mileti has published hundreds of papers and has made countless presentations on how people respond to preparedness and warning messages.

Who should attend:

  • NTHMP Coordinating Committee members
  • NOAA (NWS, NOS, etc.), FEMA, USGS, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and other Federal Agency partners.
  • State/Territory emergency management, geological, and environmental agency representatives.
  • Colleagues from agencies and organizations based in Canada or other countries.
  • University researchers and scientists.
  • Private company partners and colleagues interested in tsunamis.

This is an open meeting. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required.


NTHMP Partners Poster Session

This is an interactive Poster Session, and will be held Thursday, January 31, 2018, from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Who should attend: all NTHMP partners and anyone interested. This is an open poster session.


Field Visit!

We will take a field trip to Mission Beach, California, where NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Alex Tardy and CalOES Tsunami & Earthquake Program Manager Kevin Miller will explain how "beach kiosks" get created and placed to promote tsunami and beach safety. After the on-site, on-sand presentation, we will have a group lunch by the ocean. All are welcome, including significant others and guests.


Grantees Meeting

This meeting will be held Thursday, January 31, 2018, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Primary grant applicants will be giving a short presentation on what they want to request for grant support to NTHMP Chair Dr. Grant Cooper, NWS Tsunami Program Manager Mike Angove, and the members of the Federal Grant Review Panel: Dr. Rocky Lopes, Marie Eble, Tamra Biasco, and Lewis Kozlosky.

Who should attend:

  • Primary NTHMP grant applicants who plan to participate in the FY19 grant round.
  • NTHMP Coordinating Committee members who participate as a primary or subaward partner.
  • No others, including potential subaward partners who do not serve on the NTHMP Coordinating Committee, may attend this closed meeting without explicit permission of the NTHMP Chair or Federal Grant Review Panel Chair.


NTHMP Coordinating Committee Meeting

This meeting will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 8:00am to 11:00am.

This is a regularly-scheduled in-person business meeting of the NTHMP Coordinating Committee.

Who should attend:  NTHMP Coordinating Committee members

While all meetings are open (unless there is a reason for the Coordinating Committee to vote to close a part of it), generally only voting members of the Coordinating Committee, ex-officio members, and designated guests attend this meeting.

Remote call-in information will be provided.


Meeting Registration and Attendees

On-line registration for this meeting is available. All attendees of any NTHMP meeting held this week must register in advance. This on-line form is supported by 123 Contact. If you cannot access this on-line form, please email Rocky Lopes with details on which meetings you will attend and your contact information.
Please complete and email
this brief BioStatement that will be used in lieu of introductions.

No "drop-ins" please!  Due to space limitations, anyone not previously registered will not be admitted.

See who has registered to attend any of these NTHMP meetings.


Housing

The meeting will be held at, and attendees are staying at, the the Hilton Mission Valley Hotel, 901 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Phone: 619-543-9000. A room block has been established under the name "NTHMP." Guaranteed rate is $174/night plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made using a credit card.

You can make a reservation online or call 1-800-682-6099 and mention the group code NT6. The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, January 14, 2019. After January 14, reservations requested will be accommodated based on rate and space availability.
This hotel offers free in-room internet, parking ($25/day), free airport transportation, fitness center, heated outdoor pool, and a guest laundry.


Ground Transportation

The hotel will provide free airport pickup and drop-off. More information on how to make these arrangements will be provided later. Please check back.


San Diego Map

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More Information

For more information, please contact:

Rocky Lopes
NTHMP Administrator
NOAA/National Weather Service, Tsunami Program
1325 East West Highway, MS AFS26
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 427-9380
Rocky.Lopes@noaa.gov




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