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Meteotsunami Warning Project

Post Date

January 6th 2011

Application Due Date

February 7th 2011

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Disaster Prevention and Relief
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, and international organizations, state, local and Indian tribal governments.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $None - $350000

Grant Description

NOAA's Tsunami Program's mission is to provide reliable tsunami forecasts and warnings and to promote community resilience. The Tsunami Warning System is designed to warn coastal residents of tsunamis generated by impulsive displacement of the sea floor through earthquakes and/or sub-sea landslides triggered by earthquakes. Approximately 85% of tsunamis are triggered by earthquakes. However, in some locations of the country meteorologically-generated waves with the same characteristics as tsunamis (or, "meteotsunamis") have historically posed a greater threat than the well-known earthquake-generated tsunami. Presently, no system is in place in the U.S. which monitors for the phenomena and alerts coastal residents to the threat. The NOAA Tsunami Program recognizes the need to research the possibility of developing a meteotsunami warning capability. This RFA requests research to address four primary objectives: 1) Identify the causative forces and pre-cursor environmental conditions which have generated meteotsunamis historically; 2) Define the observational systems, communications, and processing systems necessary to evaluate meteotsunami formation prior to impact along a coast; and 3) Develop a protocol for issuing meteotsunami warnings along the U.S. coas

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