Strategic positioning of Tsunami detection buoys in the Caribbean Sea

The Australian Society for Operations Research
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Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR) Bulletin, 2010, 29 (2), pp. 15 - 26
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The December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami increased global awareness to the destructive nature of tsunamis. International effort in constructing a tsunami warning system (TWS) in the Indian Ocean followed. The issue of constructing a cost- and performance-effective TWS is still on the agenda in a number of areas world-wide. This includes the countries bordering the Caribbean Sea. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of the current Caribbean tsunami warning system and, where required, to suggest how its performance can be improved. It is found that relatively few additional detectors are required to improve performance.
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