Affiliate Professor

University of Washington

Speaking At:
Potential for Megadisasters
June 25, 2013 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 147A
Topic: Hazards

Dr. Eddie Bernard is a subject matter expert and consultant on issues dealing with tsunami warning systems, tsunami mitigation and education programs, and tsunami research. Dr. Bernard is currently an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and Scientist Emeritus for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)/ Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). He also chairs FEMA’s HAZUS Tsunami Module Oversight Committee. He retired from Director of PMEL in 2010, after 40 years of NOAA service. He directed a broad range of oceanographic research programs at PMEL including ocean climate dynamics, fisheries oceanography, El Niño forecasts, tsunamis, and underwater volcanoes.

As a noted oceanographer and expert on tsunamis, Dr. Bernard published over 90 scientific papers and has served as editor for three tsunami books. He served as Director of NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu for 3 years, which influenced his research toward public safety. Following the 1993 Sea of Japan tsunami, he led the U.S. team that surveyed the damage caused by the tsunami. He served as founding Chairman of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a joint Federal/State effort, and as Chairman of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics’ Tsunami Commission. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Oceanography Society.

Dr. Bernard has also produced a scientific movie on tsunami research and has been featured in over 20 television specials on tsunamis, including programs on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, and interviews on national television news programs. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Japanese tsunamis, he was featured on national and international news networks and was a guest on several Larry King and Piers Morgan Shows.

Dr. Bernard received numerous honors and awards for outstanding performance in NOAA including the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2004 and 2005, the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 1993 from President William J. Clinton, and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award again in 2002 from President George W. Bush. In 2008, Dr. Bernard was awarded the prestigious Service to America Medal, sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, for his leadership in creating a tsunami forecasting capability and raising the public’s awareness of the tsunami hazard. Visit for video on the award.

In October 2010 and for the third time, Dr. Bernard was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, this time by President Barack Obama in recognition of his transformation of three long-term PMEL research programs in tsunami warning and education, ocean acidification, and ocean exploration into Congressional authorization laws. Most recently, Dr. Bernard was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to give the 2012 Roger Revelle Lecture on “Tsunami Science and Policy”. The lecture was given at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. on March 20, 2012 with an audience of about 300 people including representatives from Congress, Federal Agencies, Scientific Organizations, and the General Public. This lecture can be viewed at