The project was made possible by the dozens of persons on Arabian Sea shores who shared their recollections of the 1945 earthquake and tsunami, and by the largely volunteer teams of interviewers.

The work evolved under a series of projects funded chiefly by United Nations agencies and coordinated mainly by UNESCO-IOC. In addition to the work funded by UNESCAP in 2012-2014, initial interviews in Pakistan were carried out under a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); additional support in Pakistan was provided by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID-OFDA); and the Research Council of Oman supported most of the field work in Oman under grant ORG GUtech EBR 10 013 to the German University of Technology in Oman.

Project meetings were hosted by Oman’s Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN), UNESCO-IOC Islamabad, and Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). Interviewers’ universities and agencies, listed on the booklet’s title page, supported the project by providing staff and resources for field work and for follow-up compilations and translations. The coordination at UNESCO-IOC was initiated by Jane Cunneen and furthered by Nora Gale, Ardito M. Kodijat, and Tony Elliott. Ardito M. Kodijat assembled the booklet with editorial help from Nora Gale and from Brian F. Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey.