NOAA Aims for Predicting Tsunamis

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Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced that their satellites captured pictures of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that allow them to measure the height of the wave. At this point, the images cannot be used to forecast the hazardous effects of tsunamis. But they may lead to improvements in forecasting, and scientists can learn from the images.

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Walter Smith, geophysicist, NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry

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