The Thirteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was held from 26–28 September 2016, Bucharest and hosted by the National Institute for Earth Physics of Romania.
ICG/NEAMTWS XIII marked an important milestone in the development of NEAMTWS. The session will be particularly remembered for the Group’s approval of the accreditation of the four Candidate Tsunami Service Providers of CENtre d’Alerte aux Tsunamis (France), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Centro Allerta Terremoti (Italy), National Observatory of Athens (Greece) and Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (Turkey) and that they henceforth can be referred to as Tsunami Service Providers.
NEAMTWS is one of four regional tsunami warning systems and is the only system where the ICG has decided that Tsunami Service Providers should be accredited. The basic accreditation procedure and criteria were established by ICG/NEAMTWS in 2012 and updated in 2015. Following the formal application to be accredited two accreditation teams reviewed the procedures of the four Candidate Tsunami Service Providers during June –September 2016.