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Science for Security

A 66 page PDF publication containing information on the eight ISS topic areas that were discussed in Vienna, Austria from 10-12 June 2009.

Eight page PDF brochure containing information on the ISS09 conference.

A PDF report identifies scientific outcomes relevant to the needs of the CTBTO verification regime.

International Scientific Studies Project

  • Global undertaking open to scientific experts and institutions around the world, which was launched in March 2008.
  • Involves a series of independent scientific studies and assessments to address the readiness and capability of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to detect nuclear explosions worldwide.
  • Focuses on the detection and location capabilities of the 337 facilities making up the CTBT’s International Monitoring System  (IMS).
  • Addresses the ability of the IMS to characterize observed events.
  • Evaluates the geological and radionuclide technologies and methods used for on-site inspection  (OSI) technologies.
  • Explores the use of data, infrastructure and knowledge of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO in support of scientific, humanitarian and other security related applications.
  • Studies will be carried out by international scientists and institutions. The Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO will facilitate and coordinate the project.


 Carry out scientific studies and assessments through a coordinated international effort to evaluate the readiness and capability of the CTBT verification system to detect nuclear explosions in all environments. 
 Explore how scientific developments might further improve on these capabilities.
• Assess the timeliness, quality and quantity of data which are produced, transmitted, processed and distributed.
Examine the application of data obtained from the verification technologies for civil and scientific purposes.
• Address how to facilitate national capacity building.

The ISS Topic Areas (click for more info) :
Seismology, Infrasound, Hydroacoustics, Radionuclide Monitoring,
Atmospheric Transport Modelling, System Performance, On-site Inspection and Data Mining