[unav_all] Seismology Webinar 5/29 - Methods of Seismic Monitoring for Underground Nuclear Explosions: Past, Present, and (Maybe) Future

Andy Frassetto andyf at iris.edu
Tue May 21 14:51:14 MDT 2013

The next IRIS webinar will present "Methods of Seismic Monitoring for 
Underground Nuclear Explosions: Past, Present, and (Maybe) Future" on 
May 29th from 3-4 pm ET (7-8 pm UTC).

Register to attend: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/354374034. You 
will be emailed a confirmation containing a link for accessing the 
webinar. The presentation and subsequent interactions between the 
speaker, host, and audience are recorded and made available within a few 
days. Access to the webinar archive, along with related materials and 
more information on the series is found here: 

Presenter: Dr. Paul Richards, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at 
Columbia University

Explosion monitoring is an important application of seismology, whether 
used to learn about the weapons development of a potential adversary, or 
whether to support an initiative in nuclear arms control.

There have been more than 2000 nuclear tests, most of them conducted 
underground. The acquisition and interpretation of their signals has 
been a driving force in the development of modern seismology.

In this webinar I plan to review briefly the period 1957--1963 when 
seismology was thrust suddenly on to center stage and was found wanting; 
the five decades up to the present day when capabilities hugely 
improved; and the future improvements that might be achievable in the 
next ten years. Along the way we have learned to do a better job of 
monitoring all seismic activity and its underlying causes, whether from 
earthquakes or explosions, or from more exotic sources such as mine 
collapses and meteorites.

Andy Frassetto (andyf at iris.edu) can be contacted with any inquiries.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, 8, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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