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Tsunarisk, understanding a disaster

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  00:52:00  2007  SD 16/9  Color  Sound

The most destructive tsunami ever seen hit the coastlines of the Indian Ocean on December the 26th, 2004. Twelve countries were struck ; there were more than a quarter of a million casualties. In response to this catastrophic natural disaster, scientists from France and Indonesia joined forces to launch the TSUNARISK research project. They set to work in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, studying its impact in order to improve knowledge of tsunamis and to better anticipate it, a true challenge for Indonesia which counts 12.000 km of exposed coastline. The aim of this project answer the needs and the gaps revealed by this disaster, by crossing scientific, educational and risk management approaches. During eight successive missions, the tsunarisk team try to reconstitute the tsunami. The scientists collect data throughout the region thanks to the marks left on the landscape by the tsunami and survivors were interviewed at lenght. The team were at last able to create numerical models of the impact.
A prevention campaign, intended for inhabitants of the coastline, is also tested in the densily populated island of java.
The film reconsiders this disaster through the eyes of the scientists but also of the inhabitants.

Author : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon) FLOHIC FrançoisDE COSTER Benjamin
Director : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon) FLOHIC FrançoisDE COSTER Benjamin
Scientific adviser : PARIS RaphaëlLAVIGNE Franck
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of satellite and aerial images, stock shots and animations.
Voice over and interviews (live sound). Music.
PersonnalitiesPARIS Raphaël(GEOLAB, UMR CNRS et Univ. de Clermond Ferrand); WASSMER Patrick(LGP, UMR CNRS et Univ. Paris I et XII, Meudon); LAVIGNE Franck(LGP, UMR CNRS); VAUTIER Franck(GEOLAB, UMR CNRS, Univ. de Clermond Ferrand 2 et Limoges, Clermond Ferrand); BRUNSTEIN Daniel(LGP, UMR CNRS et Univ. Paris I et XII, Meudon); SETAWAN Anggri; LEONE Frédéric; SARTOHADI Junun; HEBERT Hélène
NotesLGP : Laboratoire de géographie physique "Pierre BIROT".
GEOLAB : Géodynamique des milieux naturels et anthropises.