Silvia Chacon-Barrantes

Coordinator, National Tsunami Monitoring System (SINAMOT)
Professor, National University of Costa Rica

Dr.rer.nat. Silvia Chacon-Barrantes is a tenured professor at the Physics Department of the National University, Costa Rica. She is also the coordinator and founder of the SINAMOT program, acting as the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) for Costa Rica. Since 2015, she has been Costa Rica’s Tsunami National Contact and has been involved in the IOC-UNESCO Tsunami Program since 2014; she was Chair of the Regional Working Group for Central America of the ICG/PTWS from 2017–2021 and Chair of the ICG/CARIBE-EWS from 2018–2022. At present, she is part of the Ocean Decade Advisory Board (2022–2023) and also leads a project developing tsunami evacuation maps in Costa Rica and internationally.

Additionally, Chacon-Barrantes led the Tsunami Ready recognition of four communities in Costa Rica. She was recognized as one of the 100 most powerful women in Central America by Forbes in 2019, 2020 and 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in Coastal Geosciences from Kiel University, Germany, a master’s degree in Physical Oceanography from CICESE, Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Costa Rica.

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Bennet Atsu Foli

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Jerome Aucan

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Burkard Baschek

Director, German Ocean Museum, Stralsund, Germany

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Claudia C. Baron-Aguilar

Ph.D. student, University of South Florida (USF) & Member of the Wayuu indigenous community

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Silvia Chacon-Barrantes

Coordinator, National Tsunami Monitoring System (SINAMOT)
Professor, National University of Costa Rica

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Director, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Bruce Howe

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Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Headquarters Unit

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Vladimir Ryabinin

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Raul Salazar

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Ria Sen

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Sebastian Unger

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Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

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