THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND
> recommendations for future development of
A survey was conducted by a joint team from the In
the coastal zone and possible steps that could
stitute of Paleogeography and Geoecology and the
be taken to decrease possible losses from tsunami
Institute of Geology of Adam Mickiewicz University in
wave; assessment of coastal hazard zones;
Poznan, Poland in cooperation with the Department
> preparation of data in GIS friendly format and
of Mineral Resources of Thailand.
construction of database, which can be used for
post tsunami management.
Following the field work, further extensive laboratory
The Polish Government s efforts in Thailand addressed
testing was conducted in Poland on the basis of
the geology and environment sector through a post
samples collected during the survey in Thailand.
tsunami field survey.
Cooperation is expected to continue.
The survey was undertaken in the Ao Patong region
(Phuket), Khao Lak, Ko Kho Khao. For the studies some
specific sites were selected including small bays,
stretches of open coast, estuaries and beaches along
ca 80 km of the coast of the Andaman Sea, varying in
natural conditions (morphology, vegetation) and hu
man activity (agriculture, fishery, tourism).
February 2005 ongoing.
PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS & GOALS
The main objective of the survey was to document
morphological, sedimentological and environmental
evidence of the tsunami in Thailand and its effects in
the spheres concerned.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
The following research task were undertaken:
> detailed topographical mapping with DGPS,
focused on coastal morphology changes, tsunami
wave inundation and run up;
> documentation of coastal erosion and, along
with investigation of tsunami deposits, sediment
budget calculation for tsunami affected coastal
> detailed studies of tsunami sediments with the
aim to assess possible environmental threat (organic
and inorganic contaminants, salt content);
> search for paleotsunami deposits;
> testing surface waters and groundwater (in
search for salt contamination);