From tsunami risk assessment to disaster risk reduction – the case of Oman

Aguirre-Ayerbe, Ignacio; Martínez Sánchez, Jara; Aniel-Quiroga, Íñigo; González-Riancho, Pino; Merino, María; Al-Yahyai, Sultan; González, Mauricio; Medina, Raúl

Oman is located in an area of high seismicity, facing the Makran Subduction Zone, which is the major source of earthquakes in the eastern border of the Arabian plate. These earthquakes, as evidenced by several past events, may trigger a tsunami event. The aim of this work is to minimize the consequences that tsunami events may cause in coastal communities by integrating tsunami risk assessment and risk reduction measures as part of the risk-management preparedness strategy. An integrated risk assessment approach and the analysis of site-specific conditions permitted to propose target-oriented risk reduction measures. The process included a participatory approach, involving a panel of local stakeholders and international experts. One of the main concerns of this work was to obtain a useful outcome for the actual improvement of tsunami risk management in Oman. This goal was achieved through the development of comprehensive and functional management tools such as the Tsunami Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Atlas and the Risk Reduction Measures Handbook, which will help to design and plan a roadmap towards risk reduction.

The integrated tsunami risk assessment performed showed that the northern area of Oman would be the most affected, considering both the hazard and vulnerability components. This area also concentrates nearly 50 % of the hot spots identified throughout the country, 70 % of them are located in areas with a very high risk class, in which risk reduction measures were selected and prioritized.



Aguirre-Ayerbe, Ignacio / Martínez Sánchez, Jara / Aniel-Quiroga, Íñigo / et al: From tsunami risk assessment to disaster risk reduction – the case of Oman. 2018. Copernicus Publications.


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