"Over the past decade, the threat of very large earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest has been well documented by the scientific community. Such events pose significant threats to coastal communities, including a potential for significant loss of life and damage to public and private infrastructure and property. Damage could result from numerous earthquake-related hazards, such as severe ground shaking, soil liquefaction, landslides, and tsunami inundation. Because of their geographic location, ports and harbors are highly vulnerable to these hazards. This is problematic because ports are centers for much of the economic and social activity of coastal communities, and are also expected to be vital as post-event, response and recovery transportation links. Increasing the resiliency of port and harbor communities to earthquake and tsunami hazards is thus a high priority. To address this issue, a collaborative, multi-year research, planning, and outreach initiative involving Oregon Sea Grant, Washington Sea Grant, the NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] Coastal Services Center, and the USGS [United States Geological Survey] Center for Science Policy was begun in early 2000 to increase the resiliency of Pacific Northwest ports and harbors to earthquake and tsunami hazards. Two pilot demonstration projects, one in Yaquina Bay, Oregon and the other in Sinclair Inlet, Washington are almost concluded at this date. Specific products of this project include a regional stakeholder issues and needs assessment, a community-based mitigation planning process aimed at port and harbor resources, a GIS -based [geographic information system] vulnerability assessment methodology, a regional data archive, and an educational web-site."
Coastal Services Center (U.S.): http://www.csc.noaa.gov/
13th Biennial Coastal Zone Conference. Baltimore, MD. July 13-17, 2003