On March 8th, 2010, at the conference room of Phuket Provincial Hall, there was a seminar about Tsunami Warning Radar Installation conducted by Dr.Wattana Kanbua, the Director of Marine Metrological Center, Dr.Smith Dharmasaroj, the President of the National Disaster Warning Center and experts in radar installation from Norway and England. The seminar was well attended by heads of Phuket government offices, officers from Phuket local administrative organizations and people interested in this issue.
Dr.Wattana said that the Marine Metrological Center was assigned to survey and to install a tsunami warning radar(s) in Phuket. The location that the radar will be installed might be near Promthep Cape and Kha Daeng Bay in Rawai. The radar will be installed on the shore and it can send out the warning signals not less than 15 minutes before any tsunami occurs, depending on the water’s depth. Six sets of radars will be installed along Thai and Andaman Coasts in July of this year.
Dr.Smith said that the onshore radar system is used in many countries. Apart from helping in tsunami warnings, it’s also effective in wave height check and water current speed checks which are useful information used in the tourism
industry, fishery and shipping or marine rescues.