Thread: AGU Sessions on Geophysical methods for Global security and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

Started: 2016-07-11 17:20:32
Last activity: 2016-07-11 17:20:32
Topics: AGU Meetings
Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting abstracts to a session on Geophysical Methods
for Global Security or some similar sessions related to nuclear test
monitoring and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

*Session ID*: 12572

*Session Title*: S009: Geophysical Approaches for Global Security

*Section/Focus Group*: Seismology

*Session Description*:

Geophysical methods can be applied to a variety of national and global
security concerns. In light of the continued underground nuclear testing
by North Korea and the current potential for other countries to be
developing nuclear weapons, it is essential to develop state-of-the-art
approaches for detecting, locating and characterizing explosive and other
types of testing that could be indicators of nuclear or other types of WMD
(Weapons of Mass Destruction) development activities. We invite submissions
in areas such as modeling and characterizing explosive signatures and wave
propagation in complex environments, tunnel detection, intrusion detection,
remote sensing, and other methods for addressing security threats. Results
and methods from other areas utilizing seismology or infrasound are
encouraged if they have applications to global security.

*Session ID:* 13681

*Session Title:* PA035. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: the
state of nuclear explosion monitoring 20 years on

*Section/Focus Group:* Public Affairs

*Session Description:*

Innovations in seismoacoustic source characterization using seismic,
hydroacoustic and infrasound data have been motivated in part by the need
to verify the CTBT negotiated in 1996, but have served to advance our
knowledge of the earth over a much broader front. Likewise, innovation in
the acquisition and analysis of atmospheric particulate and gaseous
radionuclides have pointed the way towards improved environmental
stewardship as well as addressing the detection of nuclear tests. This
session will assess the last 20 years of advances in these fields,
validation of monitoring techniques and their adequacy to address the
treaty mission, the hypothesis that continued synergy is required between
treaty monitoring and broad scientific advancement and application of these
techniques, and continuing technical challenges.

*Session ID:* 13461

*Session Title:* S002. Advances in the science of nuclear test detection

*Section/Focus Group:* Seismology

*Session Description:*

The session will focus on CTBT verification methods, including
seismoacoustic methods for the detection, location and characterization of
potential nuclear tests in the earth, oceans and atmosphere as well as
particulate and gaseous radionuclide detection in the atmosphere and
subsurface, and geophysical methodologies for on-site inspection. The
integration (fusion) of data from multiple methodologies is of special
interest. Data acquisition, processing and interpretation are all
emphasised, covering for example the use of artificial intelligence to
build seismic event lists, atmospheric transport modelling for the
provenance of radionuclides, and advances in radio-xenon detection systems.
The session will also explore novel approaches that might feature in future
verification efforts, for example using synthetic aperture radar
interferometry (InSAR), gamma ray pulses, small-scale ionospheric
disturbances and neutrinos.

*Session ID:* 12861

*Session Title:* S021. On the seismo-acoustic field of natural and man-made

*Section/Focus Group:* Seismology

*Session Description:*

This session explores research involving mixed seismic and
acoustic/infrasonic observations of source signals to improve our
understanding of sources and/or propagation phenomenology. We invite
contributions that use the combined seismo-acoustic field at the source,
during propagation, or at the receiver for enhancing the detection,
identification and characterization of explosive (volcanoes,
rocket launches, chemical or nuclear detonations) and non-explosive sources
(weather fronts, earthquakes or anthropogenic activities). We include
topics related to recent developments in sensors and instrumentation,
signal analysis (including processing at station and network levels and
subsequent analysis, e.g., interactive review and characterization),
propagation studies, and modeling. We also welcome submissions that focus
solely on infrasound or seismic research, should future extensions of the
work include combining it with other phenomenologies.

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