Nurcan Meral Özel

Nurcan Meral Özel has served as the Director of the International Monitoring System (IMS) Division at the CTBTO in Vienna since November 2014.

Özel is a Turkish national who completed her higher education in Turkey and Japan, obtaining a PhD degree in Seismology from Hokkaido University (Japan) in 1995.

She was the Vice-Director of the Bogazici University-Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (BU-KOERI) in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2009 to 2014, where she was also responsible for all seismological operations at the KOERI, which hosts the 24/7 National Earthquake Monitoring Centre and Istanbul Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Response System.

She served as the Director of the Turkish National Data Centre (BU-KOERI/ Belbasi Nuclear Test Monitoring Center) from 2006 to 2014, during which time she participated regularly in the CTBTO's Working Group B meetings (dealing with verification-related issues) as a Member State delegate.

She also served as the Head of the Geophysics Department at BU-KOERI. She was the first Turkish seismologist to be selected by the International Seismological Centre (ISC) in the United Kingdom, where she worked from 2002 to 2004.

She is the founding coordinator of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Turkey (NTWC-TR), operational since 2012. The NTCW-TR also provides services to the Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas as a regional Candidate Tsunami Watch Provider (CTWP) under the framework of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/ Intergovernmental Coordination Group/Tsunami Warning System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas region (UNESCO/IOC/ICG/NEAMTWS).

During her professional career which has spanned many years, Özel has developed expertise in earthquake source mechanism, global seismology, deep and moderate deep earthquakes in subduction zones, strong ground motion, historical earthquakes, seismic array methods of monitoring nuclear tests, tsunami hazard and early warning systems. She has led teams and organizations in developing, implementing and operating advanced systems for earthquake monitoring. She has been the coordinator and has participated in many international projects funded by the European Union and the Government of Japan.

As the Director of the IMS Division at the CTBTO, she is directly responsible to the Executive Secretary for the installation and certification of the IMS network’s stations, systems and facilities, as well as the engineering and development of the network and its continuous sustainment. The IMS Division is also responsible for all logistics and shipments associated with the network, as well as the storage and accessibility of all data received from the stations. The complete network consists of 337 facilities, supplemented by 40 noble gas systems, around the globe.

Özel is married and is the mother of Mehmet Dogu Özel.