On December 26th 2004 the world experienced a tsunami, which, in a few hours caused death and destruction that dwarfed the casualties of a war many times over. As the year progressed we also experienced the earthquake in Kashmir, and the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, seeing first hand how unprepared we are to handle the fury of nature.
As scientists and engineers we may not be able to prevent the re-occurrence of such natural phenomenon; however, we do believe that much could be done to minimize the impact of such re-occurrences and make the world a safer place for our children and grandchildren.
To enable the enormous work at hand, an initial commitment from IIT Kharagpur and University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth ("UMassD") resulted in establishing the Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences ("CORAL") located at IIT Kharagpur. (Editor’s note: We had reported on this back in July of this year).
CORAL is an umbrella organization chartered to carry out collaborative research and teaching with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, USA and with other departments at IIT Kharagpur, so that inter-disciplinary expertise can be brought together to focus on research related to natural hazards.
On December 26th 2005, on the first anniversary of the south-east Asian tsunami, an atlas that shows the time it will take for a tsunami to travel to 250 coastal cities from its point of origin, was released for distribution.
It is our sincere hope that many of you will see the benefits that CORAL brings to society and contribute to CORAL’s future activity by funding research programs and student scholarships.
Please send your donations by visiting
http://www.iitfoundation.org/donate . Donations are tax-deductible for USA Federal tax-payers.
UMassD maintained page about CORAL:
A detailed report on the first year of operation of CORAL shall be issued in July 2006.
Roy daSilva (1974 EE RK), President IIT Foundation