JCOMM-II (Halifax, September 2005) recognized the potential value for WMO Members/IOC Member States, of a guide to storm surge analysis and forecasting, and in so doing, it urged its Expert Team on Wind Waves and Storm Surges (ETWS) to provide the relevant technical advice and guidance for its preparation, while additionally noting that the future guide should also contribute to draw attention on vulnerabilities in coastal areas exposed to storm surges by also focusing on risk forecasting, in addition to hazard forecasting.
In response to the JCOMM mandate, the ETWS established an ad-hoc group of storm surge experts under the chairmanship of V. Swail (Canada), which immediately set out to work on these objectives.
The Guide to Storm Surge Forecasting will prove to be an invaluable asset in support of the various marine services currently being provided by WMO and IOC maritime Members/Member States.
K Horsburgh, JW de Vries, MP Etala, TS Murty, JW Seo, SK Dube, I Lavrenov, M Holt, P Daniel, M Higaki, G Warren, R Cabrera, N Nirupama, D Paradis, P Dandin. WMO publication 1076: Guide to Storm Surge Forecasting, 2011 edition
published, 2011, WMO