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NOAA CONTINUES TO INCREASE U.S. TSUNAMI WARNING CAPABILITY
Three DART Buoy Stations Deployed off the Eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean

NOAA image of DART buoy deployments as of March 2007.April 2, 2007 NOAA announced today the deployment of three new Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami, or DART, stations in the Pacific Ocean, located off southern and central Mexico and Costa Rica. These newly installed stations provide added tsunami detection capabilities for Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, America Samoa and countries in the Pacific. (Click NOAA image for larger view of DART buoy deployments as of March 2007. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

"The DARTs are part of an ongoing effort to increase the U.S. tsunami warning capability," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "Our detection capabilities also feed into the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, which means our data are part of a shared network that benefits the global community."

This deployment brings the total U.S. network to 28 DART stations. The array is expected to total 39 stations by spring 2008. NOAA also provided a DART station and technical expertise for the Indian Ocean tsunami warning program.

As waves travel across open waters, the DART stations provide real-time tsunami detection to forecasters at the NOAA tsunami warning centers. Each DART station consists of a bottom pressure sensor that is anchored to the seafloor and a companion moored surface buoy. An acoustic link transmits data from the bottom pressure sensor to the surface buoy, and then satellite links relay the data to ground stations.

The DART network complements other parts of the U.S. tsunami warning program, including NOAA's network of tide stations, forecast models for at-risk communities and the TsunamiReady education program.

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Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Real-time DART Buoy Data

Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART™)

NOAA Tsunami Portal

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Theresa Eisenman, NOAA National Weather Service, (301) 713-0622 ext. 150