RIMES works with UNESCO/IOC to support regional ocean science and services catered towards risk reduction and mitigation during severe weather events as well as overall oceanic monitoring and data sharing.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)’s operational requirements for Regional Tsunami Service Providers (RTSPs) include the linking of earthquake and tsunami forecast information with local hazard and risk assessment and inundation models through National Tsunami Watch Centers (NTWCs) to provide coastal inundation forecasts for threatened communities (Tsunami Service Level 3). 

Inundation forecasts are useful in guiding preparedness activities, such as evacuation and mobilization of response resources for a tsunami emergency, to longer-term preparedness activities, such as risk awareness, emergency preparedness planning, evacuation drills, etc.