Model and DART® buoy data / tide gauge data comparison: composite plots by region
Comparison of the February 27, 2010 Chilean tsunami recorded at sea-level gauges along U.S. coastlines with forecasts obtained from high-resolution forecast model runs. The forecast models were run in real time before the tsunami reached the locations shown. The model data for Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast show 9 minute early arrival (0.8-1% error accumulated during the propagation simulation). The plots show model data for those locations shifted 9 minutes later for the comparison purposes. (see References, below)
Forecast results comparison with sea level data composite plots (available individually from map above):
Tang, L., V. V. Titov, and C. D. Chamberlin (2009), Development, testing, and applications of site-specific tsunami inundation models for real-time forecasting, J. Geophys. Res., 114, C12025, doi:10.1029/2009JC005476. [PDF version]
Titov, V.V. (2009): Tsunami forecasting. Chapter 12 in The Sea, Volume 15: Tsunamis, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA and London, England, 371–400.
* Disclaimer: The forecasts on these pages show the results of ongoing research to enhance tsunami science and to improve NOAA operational tsunami forecasts. These products were developed during or shortly after the tsunami event, are intended for research use, and are not an official forecast. They should not be used as the basis of any public or private policy decisions. Please contact NCTR to find if there are more detailed follow-on analysis results.