Monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Seismic Event Discrimination and Identification

  • William R. Walter
  • Hans E. Hartse

Part of the Pageoph Topical Volumes book series (PTV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. William R. Walter, Hans E. Hartse
    Pages 621-622
  3. Steven R. Taylor, Aaron A. Velasco, Hans E. Hartse, W. Scott Phillips, William R. Walter, Arthur J. Rodgers
    Pages 623-650
  4. Elena Kremenetskaya, Vladimir Asming, Zina Jevtjugina, Frode Ringdal
    Pages 721-733
  5. Yefim Gitterman, Vladimir Pinsky, Rami Hofstetter
    Pages 779-801
  6. Michael A. H. Hedlin, Brian W. Stump, D. Craig Pearson, Xiaoning Yang
    Pages 831-863
  7. Mark D. Fisk, David Jepsen, John R. Murphy
    Pages 865-888
  8. Wayne A. Woodward, Stephen R. Sain, H. L. Gray, Bojuan Zhao, Mark D. Fisk
    Pages 889-903

About this book


In September 1996, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), prohibiting nuclear explosions worldwide, in all environments. The treaty calls for a global verification system, including a network of 321 monitoring stations distributed around the globe, a data communications network, an international data center, and onsite inspections, to verify compliance. The problem of identifying small-magnitude banned nuclear tests and discriminating between such tests and the background of earthquakes and mining-related seismic events, is a challenging research problem. Because they emphasize CTBT verification research, the 12 papers in this special volume primarily addresses regional data recorded by a variety of arrays, broadband stations, and temporarily deployed stations. Nuclear explosions, earthquakes, mining-related explosions, mine collapses, single-charge and ripple-fired chemical explosions from Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America are all studied. While the primary emphasis is on short-period, body-wave discriminants and associated source and path corrections, research that focuses on long-period data recorded at regional and teleseismic distances is also presented Hence, these papers demonstrate how event identification research in support of CTBT monitoring has expanded in recent years to include a wide variety of event types, data types, geographic regions and statistical techniques.


Atomwaffenversuche Geophysik earthquake geophysics seismic

Editors and affiliations

  • William R. Walter
    • 1
  • Hans E. Hartse
    • 2
  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Geophysics GroupLos Alamos National LabLos AlamosUSA

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