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Seismological infrastructure for the new independent states

Objective


Foreseen Results

The main goal of this proposal is to provide a stable infrastructure for the seismological expertise that is present in the NIS.

The scientific objectives are to monitor weak intraplate seismicity in the NIS, to obtain a better understanding of the mechanism of strong earthquakes and to construct high-resolution images of the deep structure under the western part of the NIS and central Europe.

The strategic objective is the establishment of a modern seismological infrastructure in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine that will allow seismologists and technicians in the NIS to carry out seismological research in an international context.
In the western part of the New Independent States (NIS) both weak intraplate seismicity as well as relatively strong earthquakes occur. Because of the disastrous human and socio-economic impact of earthquakes in the NIS, it is important to obtain a more detailed understanding of the spatial and temporal pattern of seismicity as well as the mechanism of strong earthquakes. This understanding can only be improved when adequate observations of the seismic wavefield are available.

Presently, the infrastructure for carrying out seismological observations in the NIS is not well-developed. In this proposal a request is made for improving seismological infrastructure in the western part of the NIS. Ten high-quality digital break-band seismological stations will be installed in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. The data collected at permanent seismological stations will be processed and merged to "event tapes" in Moscow and will subsequently be made available to the international seismological community.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Address
4,Budapestlaan
3584 CD Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (5)

Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Belarus
Address
7,Zhodinskaya Str.
220725 Minsk
GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM POTSDAM
Germany
Address
Telegraphenberg
14473 Potsdam
Institute of Geophysics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Ukraine
Address
Palladin Prospect 92
252680 Kiev
International Institute of Earthquake
Russia
Address
79,Warshavskoye Sh.
113556 Moskva
St Petersburg State University
Russia
Address
1,Ulijanovskaya
198904 St Petersburg