AFRICAN REGIONAL INFRASOUND WORKSHOP AND INTEGRATED TRAINING FOR NDCs



CO-ORGANIZERS

NDC Tunisia 

LOCATION
Tunis, Tunisia

DATE
12-16 February 2018
The first two days will be dedicated to Workshop activities, while the Training will take place over the course of the last three days.

LANGUAGE
The working language of the workshop will be English


POINT(s) OF CONTACT
Ms. Johanna Fessl
IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6484 
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: conferences_and_workshopping@ctbtopong.org 

 

OBJECTIVES

Infrasound Workshop

  • To 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, in particular to promote the importance of infrasound technology;
  • To promote the exchange of experience and expertise in Infrasound technology among the NDCs in Africa region; 
  • To strengthen participants’ knowledge of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the work of the Preparatory Commission.


Infrasound Training

  •  To understand and learn how Infrasound data can help in the verification regime and civil and scientific application;
  • To learn how to use the Infrasound tools in the NDC in a Box (NiaB) package with processing the data collected from Ivory Coast portable array experiment;
  • To stimulate regional cooperation in Infrasound data analysis  through the NDCs.


AGENDA

Infrasound Workshop 

  • Presentations of the latest developments, regarding capacity building and training in the IDC.
  • Infrasound Technology at the IMS and IDC. 
  • Civil and scientific applications of IMS data and IDC products with emphasis on special interest to NDCs in Africa.
  • Introduction of the PTS mobile system campaign in Ivory Coast (and other past campaigns).
  • Field trip and technical visit. 


Infrasound Training

  • Presentations and discussions on:
  • IMS data and IDC products and how to access them.
  • Infrasound processing system.
  • IDC Infrasound Reference Event Database (IRED).
  • NiaB package.
  • Hands-on on Infrasound data Analysis
  • Introduction of the tools.
  • Configuration of DTK-(G)PMCC.
  • Data analysis using DTK-(G)PMCC, with data from IMS stations and from mobile array deployment in Ivory Coast.
  • Introduction to DTK-DIVA.
  • Data analysis using DTK-DIVA.
  • Localisation of event using the IDC locator.
  • Event characterisation and interpretation.

 

PARTICIPANT PROFILE
Applicants should be involved in the use of IMS Data and IDC Products, in particular NDC researchers and analysts, other persons involved in infrasound technology and related fields.

Please be informed that the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) will solicit presentations and posters from participants on the topics of the Workshop. The Workshop aims at having a broad regional representation from Africa.

Participation in the Training requires the participant to have a degree in geophysics and/or atmospheric science and/or acoustics, have an experience with data processing and worked in areas related to SHI technologies. 

Although computer resources are going to be provided during the Workshop, it is highly recommended that the participants bring along a laptop of recent model and satisfactory specifications in hard disk (at least 30Gb of free space) and memory (at least 2Gb of RAM) to allow the use of the NiaB Virtual Machine. This enables participants to use the software of the Commission and continue processing and analysing SHI data after the Workshop.



APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Applicants are requested to visit our website ctnw.ctbto.org and apply online latest by 15 December 2017. 

Financial support may be available for a limited number of participants. Such assistance must be requested at the time of registration (by selecting the relevant box during online registration) and no later than 15 December 2017

States Signatories wishing to nominate experts are requested to inform the Provisional Technical Secretariat (See Point of Contact) through their respective Permanent Mission.


ABSTRACT
The selected participants to the event will be requested to submit an abstract. Complete instructions will be provided.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide the candidates with daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover the travel costs.

  • The DSA will be sufficient to cover related expenses during the Workshop and Training programme.
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route.
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to do so and only if this proves to be more cost efficient for the PTS; and
  • Health insurance will be provided for the duration of the Workshop and Training.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies



OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION

The Training is available for a limited number of participants 

Visas
Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale/Letter from the Provisional Technical Secretariat, in order to ensure timely processing.  

Health/Accident Insurance
It is strongly recommended that prior to departure all participants should acquire health and accident insurance for the duration of the Workshop and Training.