The general objective of TSUMAPS-NEAM is two-fold: produce the first region-wide long-term homogenous PTHA for NEAM; trigger a common tsunami risk management strategy in the region.
The first objective is clearly a tool for achieving the second one. The technical cooperation (analysis) process initiated within ASTARTE will be transformed into a homogeneous regional assessment. Coarser scale UN-ISDR GAR15 results will be a term of comparison. The results will be transferred to the hazard governance system through the broadest possible involvement of relevant actors. The specific objectives can be described as a cascade of four consecutive actions:
- State-of-the-art, standardized, updatable, Assessment, with full uncertainty treatment;
- Review process with international experts;
- Production of the PTHA database, with documentation;
- Publicity through
- an awareness raising and education phase, and
- a capacity building phase.
Publicity will be particularly oriented toward Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries. A homogeneous and regionwide PTHA will fill the existing gaps for a common and cross-border hazard assessment, based on sharing of data and good practices. Public risk awareness will be increased, and specific expertise made accessible to specialists through documentation, guidelines, and web tools. TSUMAPS-NEAM will also complement similar efforts at national level (e.g. Italian PTHA INGV-Italian CPA agreement) or the existing standardized products for other hazards (e.g. SHARE, STREST, MEDSUV EU FP7 projects, national projects), then allowing end users, stakeholders, and risk practitioners, to include tsunamis in a multi-hazard risk framework, in order to improve risk assessment and management planning (early warning and long-term) at all governance levels. The results will be further utilized in the UN-ISDRs GAR towards the SFA 2015-2030 priority 1 (understanding disaster risk).