News FocusNATURAL DISASTERS

Researchers Target Deadly Tsunamis

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Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1251-1253
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5533.1251

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ISTANBUL-- Computer models, improved maps of the ocean floor, and new sensory equipment are giving scientists a handle on the causes of giant waves. By spotting a tsunami early and taking its measure, scientists can help head off disaster before it strikes. Such data are now being provided by the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) warning system, scheduled to deploy its sixth instrument this month to help predict and analyze the giant waves on the open ocean.