Between November 21 and 25 of this year, at the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), took place the “International Course of Tsunami Modeling through NEOWAVE code”. This course was dictated by personnel of the Service in conjunction with the Geophysical Department of Universidad de Chile and the sponsor of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO), Santiago. The Course started with an Inauguration Ceremony and had the presence of OREALC/UNESCO’s Interim Director, Mrs. Mary Guinn DELANEY and the Director of SHOA, Captain Patricio CARRASCO H. and oceanographer professionals from the Service and from countries of Central and South America.

This course has the support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and also the financial support of UNESCO project's Working Plan under DIPECHO VII Action Plan “Strengthening the Regional Tsunami Early Warning System”. Preparations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The initiative to take this course into effect falls within the participation of SHOA in the 24th Group sessions of Intergovernmental Coordination of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS) and which was carried out in May of 2011, where Chile was elected to become part of the new Steering Committee and was granted the ICG/PTWS Vice Presidency for the 2011 to 2013 Period.

The purpose of this international activity is to share knowledge in support of a decision making system, with the participation of professionals from countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama.