NDC CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP AND REGIONAL SEISMIC TRAVEL TIME (RSTT) IN COMBINATION WITH A DATA SHARING AND INTEGRATION TRAINING

NDC CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP AND REGIONAL SEISMIC TRAVEL TIME (RSTT) IN COMBINATION WITH A DATA SHARING AND INTEGRATION TRAINING

CO-ORGANIZERS

NDC Costa Rica (OVSICORI)

LOCATION
Heredia, Costa Rica

DATES
7 - 11 September 2015
Workshop:  7-8 September
Training:     9-11 September


LANGUAGE
The working language will be English


ADMINISTRATIVE POINT OF CONTACT
Ms. Johanna Fessl
Administrative Assistant, IDC/CBT
Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6484
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: conferences_and_workshopsping@ctbtopong.org

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To strengthen participant's knowledge of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the work of the Preparatory Commission;
  • To further build up the national and regional capacities in implementing the Treaty and participating in the verification regime, as well as to promote the civil and scientific application of verification technologies; and
  • To share data and to develop the Regional Seismic travel Time Model (RSTT) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Additional objectives for the Data Sharing and Integration Training:

  • To understand and learn how RSTT can help regional networks achieve more precise event locations;
  • TO learn how RSTT can be interface with current locators used in daily earthquake location procedures;
  • To recognize the importance of obtaining better regional locations for future tomographic studies;
  • To stimulate regional cooperation in data exchange through the NDCs and/or regional network operators.

 

AGENDA

 NDC Capacity Building

  • Presentations on latest developments, regarding IMS and IDC, capacity building and training.
  • National experiences in establishing and operating an NDC and/or experience with CTBT: Speakers from each State in Latin America and the Caribbean represented at the workshop (15 minutes each).
  • Assessment and wrap-up of EU Council Decision V programme. Discussion and formulation of recommendations based on lesson learned on: Capacity building for establishing an NDC; Technical assistance and training from PTS; Use of IMS Data and IDC products; Fostering cooperation between NDCs; Cooperation and collaboration between States and CTBTO.
  • Introduction to the RSTT project and data sharing activities.
  • Civil and scientific applications of IMS data and IDC products with emphasis on special interest to NDCs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Training

Presentations and discussions

  • Theoretical aspects behind the RSTT model.
  • Computational efficiency of the RSTT method.
  • Tessellation grid and the importance of crustal parameters data input (compilation of published references).
  • Availability of ground truth events (GT) and the need to test the model.
  • How regional phase data exchange can help better understanding the regional crustal structure through tomographic studies.

Hands-on exercises on RSTT data sets

  • Measurement of regional arrival times.
  • Location of events using regional data.
  • Combining regional and local data.
  • Combining regional and teleseismic data.
  • Testing location accuracy.
         Evaluation of residuals.
         Comparison with ground truth and other
         reference events.
         Establishing new reference events.


PARTICIPANTS PROFILE
Applicants should be involved in the use of IMS Data and Products, in particular NDC analyst, seismic observatory, and tsunami warning centre scientific staff with seismological background and experience. The workshop aims at having a broad regional representation from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participation in the training requires the participant to have an advance degree in seismology and/or geophysics, a good command of English language and have worked in areas related to tomography, receiver functions, regional seismic studies and earthquake data processing. Participation in previous RSTT related activities is an asset. Although computer resources are going to be provided, it is necessary for the participants to bring along a laptop of recent model and satisfactory specifications in hard disk and memory to allow use of Virtual Machine.

ABSTRACTS
The participants selected to the event will be requested to submit an abstract. Complete instructions will be provided.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE
Applicants are requested to visit our website ctnw.ctbto.org and apply online latest by 15 July 2015.

Financial support may be available to a limited number of participants. Such assistance must be requested at the time of registration (by selecting the relevant box during online registration) and no later than 15 July 2015.

State Signatories wishing to nominate experts are requested to inform the Provisional Technical Secretariat (See Point of Contact) through their respective Permanent Mission.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide to the candidates a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs.  

  • The  (DSA) will be sufficient to cover related expenses during the workshop and training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS;
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the workshop and training.

Requirement: scanned passport copies.  



OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION
The Training is only available for a limited number of participants.

Visas
Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an acceptance Note Verbale from the Provisional Technical Secretariat, in order to ensure timely processing.

Health/Accident Insurance
It is strongly recommended that prior to departure all participants should acquire health and accident insurance for the duration of the workshop and training.