San Juan, Argentina

14-18 October 2013
(First 2.5 days for the workshop, second 2.5 days for the training)

The working language will be English

Point(s) Of Contact
Ms. Chen Yu Liu-Kiebacher
Administrative Clerk IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6588
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: trainingping@ctbtopong.org



  • Strengthen the knowledge of participants of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the work of the Preparatory Commission;
  • 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
  • Share data and develop the Regional Seismic Travel Time Model (RSTT) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The additional objectives for the training on Regional Seismic Travel Time are:

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


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 Joint Action IV activities and introduction to the EU Joint Action 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.

RSTT Workshop and Training

  • Presentations and discussions on:
     - 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
     - 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 advanced degree in seismology and/or geophysics, a good command of the 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.


Application Procedures
Applicants are invited to submit their applications through the established official channels (their Permanent Missions to the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS Point of Contact above, no later than 31 August 2013.

Registration form
Initiates file downloadWORD

However, pending the official nomination, the participant may email an advanced copy of the registration upon its approval by the head of the institution, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.

Applicants applying for PTS-funding are requested to enclose their passport copies along with their registration forms.

Financial Information
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative directives, the PTS will provide a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs.

  • The DSA will be sufficient to cover related expenses during the training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Participants may, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to purchase their ticket locally, but only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS and has been authorized by the PTS in advance.

Other Pertinent Information

  • The training is only available for a limited number of participants.
  • Insurance: All PTS-funded participants shall be covered under the Global Medical Insurance scheme for PTS trainees under third party liability insurance.