Graphical User Interface


TOAST user interface


The TOAST user interface consists of one large main panel with several tabs and three smaller panels.


TOAST user interface panels

The tabs in the main panel offer following perspectives:


The first four are always present. The others are configurable Live Tabs which are used to create, view and disseminate bulletins. They are set up as described in: Live Tabs configuration.

On the right side (by default), there are three smaller panels:


The various perspective tabs in the main panel and the Map Layers-, Database- and Wave Propagation panels can be undocked and moved to an other position or even different screen using drag and drop with the left mouse button. Upon closing, the perspectives get reinserted in the main window. The three small panels can be switched on or off using Menu ‣ View.

Incidents are the primary objects in TOAST. They can contain a SeisComP event reference and zero or multiple simulations. In case simulations are present, they can be set active using the database panel. In the Map layers panel they can be switched on and off for display in the Map perspective and the Wave Propagation panel.

SeisComP events are received through the messaging system and - depending on configuration settings - can automatically trigger the creation of new incidents and simulations. New incidents and simulations can also be generated manually by user interaction. See also: Import events and create incidents in TOAST and Simulations.

The Map perspective shows the location of the tide gauges as well as information related to active incidents and simulations, like maximum wave height and forecast zones warning levels.

Real-time data from the configured tide gauge stations is shown in the Traces perspective.

In the Arrivals perspective, tsunami metrics at the tide gauges for real data as well as simulations are listed. The Waveform picker is used to manually pick tsunami arrivals, amplitudes and periods on observed tide gauge time series (black line). Traces corresponding to active simulations are shown in the same color throughout all perspectives. Observed and simulated data can be compared here.

The Forecast Zones perspective is used to assess the warning levels at the defined coastal sections.

Test mode

TOAST has a test mode which can be toggled on and off using CTRL+T or by: Menu ‣ Extras ‣ Toggle test mode. If enabled, a thick orange bar is drawn around the TOAST user interface. In test mode, bulletins can not be disseminated, unless their configured templates explicitly allow it.


TOAST test mode


Following hotkeys are available in all perspectives.

TOAST hotkeys




Open connection setup dialog


Hide legend


Open ‘Import SeisComP event’ dialog


Open task manager


Open system log


Toggle full screen


Open GNSS settings dialog


Toggle test mode

Main panel

Incident Summary

The top of the main panel contains the Incident Summary, which shows some information on the active Incident, namely:

  • Origin time

  • Time ago

  • Region

  • Focal mechanism (if available)

  • Preferred magnitude

  • ID

See Database panel and Import events and create incidents in TOAST on how to select or import incidents.


Incident Summary

If the lock button on the right side is pushed, the current incident remains active if the creation of new incidents is triggered by the messaging system.

Map perspective

The Map tab presents an overview of the current situation. It displays the tide gauge stations (either clustered or not), the configured tectonic faults and the location of the active incident. By right mouse click on the map several options can be configured.


TOAST map perspective

If one or more simulations are active, the map can also display results related to the simulation(s), like arrival times, predicted wave height, warning levels for the forecast zones and others. Which features are to be shown can be selected in the Map Layers panel.

The handling of the map perspective is similar as in SeisComP. For instance, to locate a station on the map, press CTRL+F, enter or select a station ID from the list and click the find button. With CTRL+mouse click distances and directions can be measured.

Simulation player

Upon moving the mouse to the lower edge of the map, the simulation player bar is shown, see figure TOAST simulation player. For instance, if SSH max is selected in the Map Layers panel, it can be used to illustrate the propagation of the tsunami wave for active simulations in real- or accelerated time.


TOAST simulation player

The triangle icon starts the playback, the watch icon jumps to current time before starting playback. Using the settings icon on the right you can select among other things whether to display absolute time (that is, simulation time corresponding to player position) in the lower left of the map. You can also display relative time either with respect to origin time or current time.


Following additional hotkeys are available in Map perspective.

TOAST map perspective hotkeys




Show station search


Move map

Mouse wheel


Double click

Center map


Move map

Middle mouse button

Create artificial incident

Traces perspective

The Traces tab displays the observed water levels at the tide gauge stations in real time.


Traces perspective

The labels on the left are:

  • Network code

  • Station code

  • Location code

  • Channel code

In addition to the stream information, the offset (mean) and the difference between the offset and the maximum wave height (amax) are displayed. The number of shown decimals can be configured via the option scheme.precision.traceValues.

The toolbar of the traces perspective provides the following functions:

  • Enable computation of spectrograms (colorbar symbol)

  • Show/hide spectrograms (eye symbol) and select mode (long click)

  • Sort by (Network / Station)

  • Tide gauge time series filter

  • Stream selection filter (e.g. VZ.* or *.A*)

  • Start/stop real time acquisition (green arrow / circle)

A tide gauge time series filter can be applied using the filter drop-down menu. The current filter affects all traces. To change the available filters use: scconfig ‣ Modules ‣ gempa ‣ toast ‣ toast ‣ rttv to set rttv.seaLevel.filters. New filters may be added temporarily by drag and dropping a filter on a trace.

The button with the green arrow starts/stops the data acquisition. A progress indicator is shown if the acquisition is running. To start the acquisition automatically use the configuration option rttv.acquireStreams.


The spectrogram can be seen as a sequence of spectra in time where the frequency axis is vertically arranged and the amplitude is color-coded.


The spectrogram is computed using an Infinite Impulse Response Filter, which allows it to be shown in real-time. Note that due to the low sampling rate of tide gauge data, a delay of about 30 minutes may appear. This is still less than if using a Fast Fourier Transform algorithm.

Enable the computation of the spectrograms using the colorbar icon. Activate the display of the spectrograms using the eye icon. The spectrograms can be shown in two different modes which are selected by long mouse click on the eye symbol:

Local scale

Local scale computes the minimum and maximum of each trace and maps the configured gradient color with value 0 to this minimum and gradient color with value 1 to the maximum.

Fixed scale

The configured values (rttv.spectrogram.fixedMinimum and rttv.spectrogram.fixedMaximum) are mapped to rttv.spectrogram.gradient value 0 and 1. The trace minimum/maximum is ignored.

To configure the frequency or period range per stream, create a TOAST binding profile using: scconfig and set spectrogram to either:

  • periods_log(from, to, ranges, bands) - logarithmic scale

  • periods(from, to, ranges, bands) - linear scale

  • freqs_log(from, to, ranges, bands) - logarithmic scale

  • freqs(from, to, ranges, bands) - linear scale

Then drag and drop the profile to the left either onto a network or station.


Traces perspective supports following hotkeys.

Traces perspective hotkeys




Zoom in/out in Time and Amplitude


Zoom in/out in Time and Amplitude

Mouse wheel

Scroll through traces


Zoom in/out in Y-scale

< / >

Zoom in/out in X-scale


Move in time


Toggle filter

Arrivals perspective

The Arrivals perspective shows tsunami metrics computed on observed data and simulations for tide gauges which fulfill at least one of the following conditions:

  • At least one simulation is active which affects the tide gauge

  • A manual pick or an amplitude were set on the observed tide gauge time series using the Waveform picker.


Arrivals perspective

For each tide gauge the following information is displayed in tabular form:

  • Station code

  • Network code

  • Location (Longitude Latitude)

  • Country

  • Place

  • Type

  • Description

  • Observations

    • OTA: Observed time of tsunami arrival

    • OTM: Observed time of tsunami maximum wave height

    • OMSSH: Observed tsunami maximum wave height (SSH: Sea Surface Height)

    • OTP: Observed tsunami period

  • Simulation results

    • Runup

    • T1 Time: Time of exceedance of the detection threshold (see also plugin configuration parameters easywave2.T1Threshold and easywave2.T1Absolute)

    • T2 Time: Time of first exceedance of the threat threshold

    • T3 Time: Time of maximum positive amplitude

    • T4 Time: Time of last exceedance of the threat threshold

    • Tx Value: Wave height at time Tx


Depending on the simulation backend that is used, Runup and T3 Value might slightly differ. In case of EasyWave for instance, T3 Value is extracted from time series while Runup is output directly. If the difference is large, this could be related to Green’s Law, which, depending on configuration, might be active only on Runup. See EasyWave documentation for more details.

Tide gauges are represented as top level rows which can be expanded by clicking on the plus-sign. Then the active simulations affecting the tide gauge are shown. The text color of the simulations coincides with the fill color of the active simulations in the database panel and the other perspectives.

The results for different active simulations are aggregated to obtain results for a tide gauge assuming worst case, that means minimum for arrival times and maximum for wave heights.

The background color of a tide gauge reflects the maximum of OMSSH and Runup. The color scheme is based on the selected SSH color gradient.

A filter can be set to display only a subset of the tide gauges in follwing way: Click the funnel symbol, select the criterion (e.g. Country), and enter a regular expression (e.g. Indo*).

Waveform picker

The button Show waveforms at the lower right corner of the Arrivals Perspective opens the manual picker and allows picking of tsunami onsets, tsunami amplitudes and tsunami periods on observed tide gauge time series. Values can also be entered manually without using real data for instance for training purposes. If the data source is configured correctly and data are available, the observed tide gauge trace is shown as gray line. If simulations are present and active, corresponding traces are shown in the same color as in the Database panel.


Manual picker

The toolbar of the manual picker provides the following functions:

  • Compute spectrograms (colorbar symbol)

  • Show/hide spectrograms (eye symbol)

  • Sort by (e.g. Distance, Network etc.)

  • Tide gauge time series filter (Raw, Tsunami), indicated on right side of trace

  • Stream selection filter (e.g. VZ.T* or *.A*)

  • Phase picking (arrival time) (blue P)

  • Amplitude and period picking (blue A, on observed stream and manually)

  • Submit (red button)

  • Slot

  • Mode for showing selected time series (drop-down menu)

  • Remove offset selector

To pick the tsunami onset click on the P-button (Phase), move the mouse to the position where you want to set it and do a left double-click. Observed time of arrival is labeled OTA.

To pick tsunami amplitudes and periods on observed data, use the A-button (Amplitude). First make sure by clicking on the arrow to the right that Artificial wave height is not selected. Using the mouse with left-click-and-drag on the selected trace on top you can now define a time window which should contain the maximum and the nearest minimum. In case the maximum is clipped, try to estimate the time of the maximum and release the mouse button there. A blue selection appears showing where the amplitude processor looks for the maximum and minimum. Once you release the mouse button, a green selection shows the time window between the found maximum and minimum and which is assumed to be half the tsunami period. Observed time of maximum amplitude is labeled OTM.

If no observed data are available, or if you want to manually enter maximum wave height for a tide gauge, select Artificial wave height by clicking on the selection arrow to the right of the A-button, and proceed as described above. Then you have to enter a value manually for the maximum wave height and half-period corresponds to the selected time window.

To apply arrival times or amplitudes, click on the red submit button and the information is shown in the Arrivals perspective and submitted to the TOAST database.

Picked tsunami arrivals (green vertical line labeled OTA) can be compared to simulated arrivals (small red vertical line). The green window and line labeled OTM indicates the picked observed tsunami period, maximum, and corresponding time. The blue vertical line shows the maximum wave height and corresponding time of the selected simulations (worst-case aggregation).


As later waves are often influenced by the local conditions, for example harbor walls and reflections, it is often useful to focus on the first incoming wave of a simulation.

Forecast Zones perspective

The forecast zones perspective shows the forecast zones, the corresponding forecast points (or POI) affected by the active simulation(s) and the simulation results for the zones.


Forecast Zones with active simulations

For each forecast zone the following information is displayed in tabular form:

  • Name

  • ID

  • Place

  • Province

  • Country

  • Geo code

  • Simulation backend

  • Runup

  • T1 Time: Time of exceedance of the detection threshold (see also plugin configuration parameters easywave2.T1Threshold and easywave2.T1Absolute)

  • T2 Time: Time of first exceedance of the threat threshold

  • T3 Time: Time of maximum positive amplitude

  • T4 Time: Time of last exceedance of the threat threshold

  • Tx Value: Wave height at time Tx

By clicking on the plus-symbol of a forecast zone, the view is expanded to show the POI included in the zone. Clicking on the plus-sign of a POI expands to show the currently active simulations for this POI.

The text color of the simulations coincides with the fill color of the active simulations in the database panel and the other perspectives.

The background color corresponds to the Runup value (see also: Note on Runup) and the selected forecast zones color gradient.

A filter can be set to display only a subset of the forecast zones in the following way: Click the funnel symbol, select the criterion (e.g. Province), and enter a regular expression (e.g. WEST*).

Aggregation strategy


The aggregation over simulations is done assuming worst-case: that means minimum for arrival time and maximum for wave height. The aggregation over POI runup is done using the selected runupPercentiles profile in the drop-down selector. By default this is Median. The definition of percentiles is according to Python numpy convention. You can add and register additional profiles using scconfig ‣ Modules ‣ gempa ‣ toast ‣ toast.

Manually entering runup for a forecast zone

It is possible to enter or override the runup value on forecast zone level manually. This might be useful for instance if there is no simulation available, or if an observed value is received by an external channel like telephone, or for training purposes. To do so, right-click on a forecast zone, and set Threat level ‣ Custom. This can be done both in Map- and in Forecast Zones perspective. An icon on the left side of the runup column indicates manually entered values.


For the setup and configuration of forecast zones, see: Forecast zones configuration.

Live Tabs

Live tabs offer a very powerful way for the creation and dissemination of bulletins based on templates and simulation results. They are displayed as tabs in the main panel.


For the setup, configuration and use of live tabs and templates, see: Export.

Database panel

The database panel has two modes: Incidents mode and Simulations mode. Former is used to import and list currently loaded incidents, while latter shows the simulations (sometimes also called scenarios) available for an incident. The current mode is indicated in the title bar.

Both modes feature an Icons and a Details view which can be activated using the list-icon on the upper right of the panel.

In Incidents mode, by right-clicking on an incident and selecting Open log file… you can open the log file for the respective incident in the system default text editor. To open the incident log viewer click on the Show incident log button in the database panel in Simulations mode or use the Menu or shortcut CTRL+I. For more information see: Incident Log.

Incident mode


Database panel in Incidents mode in Icons view


In Incidents mode, the upper drop-down menu in the database panel is for filtering incidents and by default allows: Show all, threat and tsunamigenic. Additional filters can be configured using: scconfig ‣ Modules ‣ gempa ‣ toast ‣ toast ‣ filter ‣ incidents. Add an incident filter profile by clicking the green plus-button and then configure following parameters:

New filters become available after saving the configuration and restarting TOAST.


The lower drop down menu is for sorting. Per default the incidents are sorted by origin time. Other possibilities are by Magnitude and by Distance.

Icons view

In Icons view, the symbols display following information about the incidents: magnitude, focal mechanism, region and origin time.


Incident mode in Icons view

If simulations are available for an incident, this is shown by the large right arrow on the right side of an incident. In Details view, the #-column indicates the number of available simulations.

Details view

In Incidents mode in Details view (activate by clicking the list-icon on the upper right), the database panel displays following information.

Columns of Database panel in Incidents mode in Details view




Preferred magnitude of event


Preferred magnitude type


Hypocenter depth





Origin time

Origin time


Preferred focal mechanism


Simulation count




Trigger type (messaging / manual)

# Picks

Pick count

Event ID

From SeisComP if by messaging, from TOAST if manual


Incident ID

Simulation mode

Switching from Incidents mode to Simulations mode is done by double clicking an incident, which turns this incident to active and shows simulations available for this incident. Returning to Incidents mode is achieved by clicking the left arrow button or automatically when a new event is sent by the messaging system (unless lock button in Incident Summary is pushed).


Database panel in Simulations mode in Icons view (top two are active, second is set to preferred)

Active simulations


Simulations can be selected using left mouse click (CTRL+left mouse click to add simulations, SHIFT+left mouse click to select a range of simulations). Note however that simulations become active only after a left mouse double click has been performed! Only active simulations are shown in the Map, Arrivals and Forecast Zones perspectives and are used for the bulletins in the live tabs.

For active simulations, the black part of the beach ball icon on the left is automatically assigned a unique color. If Details view is selected, a colored bar in the magnitude column is shown. The same color is used when showing data related to the corresponding simulation in other perspectives.

Preferred simulation


One of the simulations of an incident can be set to preferred, in analogy to SeisComP events, which can have exactly one preferred origin or magnitude etc. The preferred simulation is marked by a star in Icons view and an entry in the corresponding column in Details view.

Incident log

Click the Show incident log button to display incident related information, see: Incident Log.


In Simulations mode, the upper drop-down menu in the database panel is for filtering simulations. The default value is Show all. Additional filters can be configured using: scconfig ‣ Modules ‣ gempa ‣ toast ‣ toast ‣ filter ‣ simulations. Add a simulation filter profile by clicking the green plus-button and then configure following parameters:

Possible filter settings for simulations






Simulation backend

Empty (show all)



See Details view for possible values




Descending or ascending




Limit number of shown simulations

-1 (show all)



Show simulations with duration equal or larger (in min)

-1 (show all)



Simulation trigger type (all, automatic, manual)



New filters become available after saving the configuration and restarting TOAST.


The lower drop down menu is for sorting. Per default the simulations are sorted by residual. Other possibilities are:

  • Creation time

  • Magnitude (M)

  • Depth (D)

  • Duration (Simulation time span)

  • Simulation backend

Icons view

The Icons view allows a fast assessment of the situation.


Simulations mode in Details view

The header displays:

  • Preferred (as star, only if set)

  • Label (if not set then Magnitude and Depth)

  • Simulation backend

  • Simulation time span

  • Progress (while computing)

  • Error symbol (if aborted, hover mouse for more details).

The first and larger icon is used to identify currently active simulations: if the dark part of the beach ball is colored, this simulation is active and used for the other perspectives (e.g. Map-, Arrivals, Forecast zones perspective) and visualized there using the same unique color. Black means the simulation is not active.

The smaller icons represent:

  • Event residual

  • Focal mechanism residual

  • Expected rupture mechanism residual

  • Tsunami arrival residual

  • GNSS residual

  • Wave radar residual (not implemented yet).

For more details, place the mouse over the symbols and consult the hover tooltips or see the table in Details view.

The color code under the smaller icons displays matching quality between the simulation and observed data. The color range is from red to green based on following definitions:

  • magnitude difference: 0.1 green; 0.2 yellow; 0.3 orange; 0.5 red

  • depth difference: 0 km green; 50 km yellow; 100 km orange; 200 km red

  • epicenter difference: 0.1° green; 0.2° yellow; 0.5° orange; 1° red

  • moment tensor matrix match: 1 green; 0,5 yellow; 0 red

  • tide gauge arrival time difference: 10 minutes green; 30 minutes yellow; 60 minutes red

Black means that a comparison is not possible since either simulated or observed data is not available.

The overall match is shown in form of the colored bar on the left side.

While a simulation is being computed, the estimated progress is shown on the upper right.

Details view

In Simulations mode in Details view (activate by clicking the list-icon on the upper right), the Database panel displays following information.

Columns in Simulations mode in Details view












Overall residual computed as weighted average over individual residuals.


Focal mechanism used for this simulation.

Res. event

Residual combined from differences between magnitude and hypocenter of simulation and latest preferred SeisComP origin.

Diff. M

Difference between magnitude used for simulation and latest preferred SeisComP magnitude.

Diff. D

Difference between depth used for simulation and latest preferred SeisComP depth.

Diff. distance

Distance between epicenter used for simulation and latest preferred SeisComp origin.

Res. FM

Residual between fault used for simulation and latest preferred SeisComP FM (Kagan angle).

Res. Fault

Residual between fault used for simulation and expected mechanism from known faults (Kagan angle).

Res. TG

Residual between simulated and picked tsunami arrival times at tide gauges.


Residual between simulated and observed surface displacements.

Res. WR

Not implemented yet.

Creation time

Simulation creation time.

Time ago

Current time - Creation time


Simulation backend used.


Simulation computation progress.


Time span of simulation.


Real time used for computing simulation.


Trigger type.


Yes for simulation marked as preferred. Used in in analogy to SeisComP preferred origin.


User defined simulation description.


Simulation ID.

Add simulations

See: Simulations on how to generate simulations automatically or to add simulations to an incident manually.

Map Layers panel

The Map Layers panel is used to enable/disable the display of features and simulation results in the Map perspective and Wave Propagation panel. Options are listed and explained below.


Map Layers panel

Color Profiles

See Create and modify color profiles on how to create and modify color profiles.


Show/hide faults used for automatic patch generation on map, turn on labels.


Map perspective with activated Faults feature

Faults are shown as colored lines with triangles indicating the direction of subduction. The color corresponds to depth and follows the same scheme as the bna-files in SeisComP (which are shown as thin lines without triangles if present in ~/.seiscomp/bna).

TOAST is delivered with an extensive set of preconfigured faults covering most subduction zones. See Fault geometry configuration on how to set up additional faults.

Forecast zones

Show/hide forecast zones on map. If simulations are active, the color of the forecast zones corresponds to the computed warning level.


Map perspective with activated Forecast zones feature

  • Fill: Fill color corresponds to warning level.

  • IDs: Turn on zone IDs.

  • Inactive: Show zones without simulation results in black outline.

  • Points: Show POI belonging to forecast zone.

    • IDs: Show POI IDs.

    • Names: Show POI names.

Forecast zones can be selected in Map view by clicking. Only then corresponding points are shown. If switching to Forecast Zones perspective, the same zone is selected.


Show/hide GNSS displacement vectors. EasyWave computes displacement vectors at each GNSS station in the inventory for every simulation. They are visualized as arrows in the color according to the active simulations. The horizontal displacement is shown with a solid line, the vertical displacement with a dashed line and a semicircular arrow head. Depending on the scaling, the length of the displacement is represented by the length of the arrows. A tooltip for the arrows shows additional information.


Map perspective with the active GNSS feature showing two selected simulations with the same epicenter but different rupture planes

The display settings can be changed via TOAST configuration or dialog: Menu ‣ Settings ‣ GNSS settings or by right mouse click on map view ‣ Layers ‣ GNSS ‣ Settings…. The Min displacement threshold allows to hide arrows with a length smaller than this threshold. Additionally, the size of the arrowhead and the line width of the arrow can be set. Using the Screen option, the length of the largest visible arrow is set to Max visible length and the length of all other arrows in relation to it. When using the Zoom option, the arrow length is scaled with the Scaling factor and changes acoording to the zoom level of the map. The Independent vertical scaling option enables separate scaling for the vertical displacement arrows.


GNSS settings dialog


The settings of the dialog are stored in the TOAST configuration in @CONFIGDIR@/toast.cfg (and not in @SYSTEMCONFIGDIR@/toast.cfg).


Show/hide legends. Note that only legends corresponding to features which are selected in the Map Layers panel are shown. Following image shows all possible legends.


Legends in Map perspective


Show/hide tide gauge positions on map, turn on their station codes.


Map perspective with activated POIs feature

If simulations are active, the coloring of the tide gauge corresponds to the highest maximum wave height of the active simulations at that location.

If Cluster is selected, nearby stations are grouped and shown as a circled number, the color is according to the highest value in the group. Grouping is dynamically adjusted depending on zoom level.

Rupture Area

Show/hide the Rupture area of the active simulations.


Map perspective with activated Rupture area feature

This option enables the display of the patches which were used for the simulations. The colored bar indicates the deeper side of the patch, the color corresponds to the simulation color.

Simulation layer

Show/Hide simulation layers.

Simulation layers show additional information for the available simulations (e.g. the location of precomputed TsunAWI simulations). If no simulation layer is available, this option is hidden.

Wave propagation

Show/hide wave propagation layer for active simulations in the Map perspective and Wave Propagation panel.

Use the Simulation player to select a time for isochrones and ssh. See also: Display simulation results.

Wave Propagation panel

This panel shows numerical values for the active simulations for those features which are selected in the Map Layers panel. Move the mouse in the Map perspective to get values at different locations. If several simulations are active, then the worst-case value is shown (maximum for wave heights, minimum for arrival times).


Wave Propagation panel

Create and modify color profiles

By default, all simulation related results like Forecast zones warning levels or SSH max are color coded according to the DefaultProfile. This profile can not be changed, but new profiles can be added using the Color Gradient Profile Editor. To launch it, select Configure… in the Color Profile drop-down menu of the Map Layers panel. Alternatively you can click on one of the colorbars there or use Menu ‣ Settings ‣ Color profiles….


Color Gradient Profile Editor

First, duplicate an existing color profile by clicking Copy. Then select the tab of the feature you want to edit. Next select the color gradient you want to use for the feature in the drop-down menu. After clicking on the colored bar representing the color gradient, the Color Gradients Editor is launched.


Color Gradients Editor

As also the default gradients are immutable, you first have to create a new gradient by right mouse click on one of the present gradients and selecting copy from the context menu. Now you can edit the new color gradient. Click on the black arrows below the colorbar which represent the thresholds. Slide them using left mouse button or add new thresholds with right mouse click. Select interpolated for a continuous gradient. The color can be set by clicking the colored square icon. Note that transparency is defined using the Alpha value: 0 means transparent and 255 means intransparent. The # is used to add a label. The icon opens the color table editor.


Color Table Editor

Click Save, to save the color gradient and Save again to save the color profile. Now you have a new color gradient profile which can be selected in the Map Layers panel.

The color profiles and gradients are stored in the file: /home/sysop/seiscomp/share/toast/mapstyles, see also: Color profiles and gradients configuration.


The values below the colorbar in the Color Gradient Profile Editor are by default set to the minimum and maximum values defined in the selected color gradient. You can override them (not for default gradients) by selecting Overall gradient mapping, in which case the whole gradient is linearly mapped to the range of these values. This is useful if a quick change is necessary.

Task Manager

The task manager lists all processes started by TOAST. Processes can be killed using right mouse click. The task manager is opened using Menu ‣ Extras ‣ Task manager or by clicking the gear icon on the right of the status bar. The first number in the icon shows the number of running, the second of pending processes.


Task manager

System Log

In order to display the system logging output, click the Show system log button in the status bar on the lower right of the TOAST window or via Menu ‣ Extras ‣ System log. Use the buttons on top for filtering.


System log

Use the settings icon to select which channels should be received and notified (latter in form of an icon in the status bar). Note that the selectable option on the bottom: Send only notifications if the warn level increases is related to system channel type and has nothing to do with tsunami warning levels.


System log settings

Incident Log

The incident log contains information starting from incident creation to execution of simulations, manual setting of threat levels and picks or dissemination of bulletins. The log viewer can be opened via Menu ‣ Extras ‣ Incident log, with the shortcut CTRL+I or by clicking the Show incident log button in the database panel in Simulations mode. It always shows the logs for the currently selected incident.

The logs for each incident are stored in a text file: @CONFIGDIR@/log/toast-incidents/YYYY/MM/eventID.log, where the date refers to creation time (not origin time). The log files can be opened directly using the context menu on an incident in the database panel in Incidents mode. Note that these files are never deleted by TOAST, even if an incident is removed.


Incident log