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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 4 (2008), Issue 1, Pages 28-43
Original Article

A Sensor Network Architecture for Tsunami Detection and Response

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Copyright © 2008 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper, we propose a sense and response system for tsunami detection and mitigation. We use the directed diffusion routing protocol as a baseline network protocol and develop several communication mechanisms to improve its performance. These include an efficient flooding technique, a route repair algorithm, and distributed services framework. We summarize the analysis mechanism used to predict tsunami propagation and briefly discuss the results of this algorithm. Finally, we describe potential barrier mechanisms and the real-time communication protocol that supports time-critical response of the system.