The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has deployed the first of two Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoys in the Indian Ocean.This first buoy was placed about halfway between Thailand and Sri Lanka at the beginning of December 2006 and will be maintained by the Thai Meteorological Department and National Disaster Warning Center. Data from the buoy is available at http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=23401
NOAA will deploy a second DART buoy farther south in spring 2007. The DART buoys are two of 22 tsunameters planned for the regional tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean, which will provide warnings for Indonesia, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Other features of the final warning system will include tide gauges, modeling, and upgrades to communications.