September 24, 2019

Alexander Poplavsky and Abdel Wahab Agrebi, experts of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), with the assistance of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Vienna (Austria), are on a business trip at the ANAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics.

The objectives of the visit is the training delivery to improve the skills related to updating the system of the National Data Center, CTBTO networking in real-time, carrying out of analysis of the received data, studying the seismic dataset anatomy.

The guests discussed with the Director of the Azerbaijan National Data Center (NDC), academician Fakhraddin Gadirov, PhD on Earth sciences Rafig Safarov and ScD on Earth sciences Gulam Babayev.

CTBTO prohibits “any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion” anywhere in the world.

Currently, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has been signed by 184 countries and ratified by 168. The treaty cannot enter into force until it is ratified by 44 specific nations, eight of which have yet to do so: China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, Egypt, and the United States.

It should be noted that Azerbaijan signed the Treaty on July 28, 1997. Having ratified the Treaty on December 1, 1998, Azerbaijan deposited its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on February 1, 1999.

Azerbaijan National Data Center (NDC) was founded in 2003 by Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission. The Center is coordinated and operated by International Data Center (IDC) of Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission.

Since its establishment, National Data Center has been progressively enhancing its technical capabilities. One of the main functions of National Data Center is to have access to International Monitoring System (IMS) data and International Data Centre (IDC) products.

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ANAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics