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26th of International Tsunami Symposium



Opening Speech of Dr. Utku Kanoğlu

On behalf of Tsunami Commission established in 1960, we are delighted to organize 26th of International Tsunami Symposium held on 25-27 September 2013, in Gocek, Turkey and with a separate session on September 28, 2013 in Rhodes, Greece,

The 2013 Symposium has provided a favorable venue for scientists, practitioners and decision makers, as witnessed by the wide distribution of countries and institutions and highest number of contributions in any ITS. 182 abstracts from 28  countries, i.e., Algeria,  Australia, Canada, China, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel,  Italy,  Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa,  Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, were submitted and reviewed. 130 abstracts were selected for oral and 18 for poster presentations.

The organizers would like to express their appreciation and gratitude for invaluable support of sponsors. They are; Middle East Technical University, Turkey; IUGG, IASPEI, IAVCEI Joint Tsunami Commission; European Geoscience Union (EGU); Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, PMEL), USA; Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry  Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Turkey; The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR), Greece; Rhodes Municipality, Greece; Tohoku University, Japan;  National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece; International Natural Hazards Society (NHS); STFA Group of Companies, Turkey; Dogus Group, Turkey; D-Marin Marinas Group, Turkey; Argemarin Engineering Construction Ind. Trade Co., Turkey.

Our appreciation is extended to all participants, governors and municipalities in the region  (Fethiye, Marmaris and Gocek in Turkey; Rhodes in Greece), as well as to other interested local communities. We would like to convey our best wishes to all participants to experience an enjoyable and productive 26th International Tsunami Symposium.

Best regards.

Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner
(METU, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey)
Utku Kanoğlu
(METU, Department of Engineering Sciences, Turkey)
Costas Synolakis
(Helenic Center of Marine Research, Greece)
Gerassimos Papadopoulos
(National Observatory of Athens, Institute of Geodynamics, Greece)



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