Planned Activities


Tofino, adjacent First Nations and partner communities will be at the leading edge for deploying multi-hazard technology and safety preparedness for earthquakes, tsunamis and marine safety. Multi-hazard resilience is the hallmark of the UN Sendai Framework and, the implementation of Wave Safe will position Canada as a global leader under the Framework. The projects described in this section detail new approaches to earthquake and tsunami early warning alerts and monitoring, as well as a new communication system during an emergency event.


While tsunamis and earthquakes are common in the Pacific Ocean, in the study area their frequency is low but their impact high. Therefore, it is necessary to deploy a technology that can be multipurpose while no emergency event is active.



Pre-Project (Summer-Winter, 2018): Detailed proposal preparation

Project 1: Earthquake Early Warning smart solutions implementation (e.g. automated shut down of gas valves)

Project 2: Evaluation of solutions for far-field tsunami monitoring

Project 3: Tsunami and multi-hazard modelling of the area

Project 4: Sea state now-casts and forecasts

Project 5: Mesh-network communication and preparedness assets

Project 6: Community integration of the solutions


The Wave Safe proposal will be developed using a transparent and collaborative approach with the ultimate goal of directly delivering safety and economic benefits to Tofino and the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. The approach will also position Canada as a global leader in bringing together coastal dwellers' needs, traditional knowledge, ocean big data, and ocean technology specifically for protecting coastal communities.