2020 Science Diplomacy Symposium

  Vienna, Austria
  30 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020


In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions and other measures implemented by governments and international organizations, the 2020 Science Diplomacy Symposium has been postponed. The Symposium has been tentatively rescheduled for 9 to 13 November 2020. Further information will be provided in due course.

NDC Workshop 2020

  Toledo, Spain
  14 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020


Provide a forum for NDC experts to share experience in fulfilling their verification responsibilities;

Provide NDC feedback to the PTS on all aspects of the data, products, services and support NDCs in their work; under this objective, special emphasis will be put on:

- NDC contribution to Performance Monitoring and Testing (through NPEs and other means)

- Discussion on NDC involvement in the IDC Progressive Commissioning Plan

- Discussion of recent and on-going IDC projects:

Technical Training for Stations Operators of Seismic Stations & Hydro T phase stations with Nanometrics Equipment

  Seibersdorf, Austria
  04 May 2020 - 08 May 2020

To provide Station Operators with the basic knowledge and technical understanding on the operations, maintenance and management of an IMS station using waveform technology and, more specifically, to provide hands-on training on Nanometrics equipment.

Technical Meeting on SHI Software Engineering at the IDC

  Vienna, VIC
  22 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020

The PTS is currently in Phase 3 of the IDC Reengineering program, which includes a large-scale effort to improve SHI processing system. The PTS will modernize the software infrastructure to make the system easier to maintain, and easier to upgrade. Pipeline processes, algorithms, and analysts interfaces will also be updated. Technical meetings are held periodically to provide a forum for experts from Member States to review and give feedback on Reengineering Phase 3 (RP3) progress and plans.

This 2020 technical meeting will focus on:

  • Reviewing current status of work, including progress updates, and discussion of the project plan, projected milestones, and updated deliverables.
  • Presenting the results of work done within the PTS on setting up the testing environment for the Geophysical Monitoring System, and development of integration plans for additional modules such as PMCC.
  • Discussing technical and scientific issues arising from evaluation, integration and deployment of RP3 deliverables.

    Meeting participants are invited to contribute to the technical meeting by making a 15 minutes presentation related to one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Reengineering Project Status
  • Theme 2: Products of consideration for the PTS
  • Theme 3: Technical and Scientific Issues

    Expert meeting on Advances in Waveform Processing and Special Studies

      Daejeon, Republic of Korea
      19 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020

    The PTS is actively pursuing initiatives to improve the performance of the IDC waveform automatic processing pipeline. Some active research and development areas are :

  • Further development of an integrated waveform quality control module and its application in all stages of the automatic processing pipeline
  • Evaluating new methods that can improve the pipeline performance in processing aftershock sequences and recurring events.
  • Evaluating and integrating new detectors and associators into the IDC processing pipeline.
  • Tuning components of IDC pipeline processing in order to optimize their performance.
  • Advances in event screening.
  • Evaluating global seismic and/or hydro-acoustic three-dimensional travel time models and optimizing location capabilities.
  • The objective of this technical expert meeting is twofold:

  • Part of the meeting will be dedicated to exploring advances to waveform processing that may improve the IDC waveform pipeline processing, including tools and methodologies for testing and validation ;
  • Part of the meeting will be dedicated to discussing waveform Special Studies and Expert Technical Analysis – procedures, methods, use of data and content of UEB and SRMR.

    Meeting participants are welcome to contribute to the technical meeting by making a brief presentation related to one of the topics above.

    3rd Expert Meeting on Special Studies and ETA with RN and ATM Methods

      Daejeon, Republic of Korea
      19 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020

    Special Studies provide in-depth, technical reviews by expert analysis of data from the International Monitoring System (IMS) to improve the estimated values for the standard signal and event parameters resulting in an Updated Radionuclide Report (URR).

    The purpose of the Expert Technical Analysis (ETA) of IMS data and other relevant data provided by the requesting State Party is to assist the State Party concerned to identify the source of specific events. The output is the State Requested Methods Report (SRMR).

    URR and SRMR need to be seen in the context of the standard products they are building on, specifically the Standard Screened Radionuclide Event Bulletin (SSREB). Beyond its current implementation it may contain among others the use of atmospheric transport modelling results to combine field of regard information from all radionuclide samples sharing a possible common source region related to a single event. If available, information derived from isotopic ratios is included and may be used to confine the field of regard. The National Screened Radionuclide Event Bulletin (NSREB) was introduced and needs to be developed.

    The objectives of this technical expert meeting are:

  • Review methods that may be suited for Special Studies and ETA;
  • Discuss the possible content of the SSREB, NSREB, URR and SRMR;
  • Explore the potential use of various non-IMS data for SRMR;
  • Advance common understanding of procedures and methods to be developed for the SSREB, URR, SRMR and NDC responsibilities.

    Meeting participants are welcome to contribute to the technical meeting by making a brief presentation related to one of the Agenda topics.