Accession Number : ADP204414

Title :   An Overview of Seismic Discrimination Issues Relevant to CTBT Monitoring,

Corporate Author : MAXWELL LABS INC LA JOLLA CA S-CUBED DIV

Personal Author(s) : Murphy, J. R.

PDF Url : ADP204414

Report Date : 14 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The Conference on Disarmament of the U.N. General Assembly is currently working to draft a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) which will prohibit all nuclear testing. Because seismology remains as the primary monitoring technique for verifying treaty compliance with respect to underground nuclear tests, it is appropriate at this time to once again review the current state of understanding regarding the seismic identification of such explosions. It is evident that no practical seismic monitoring system will ever insure identification of all conceivable underground nuclear tests and, therefore, it is important to begin any such assessment of capability by recognizing that it is first necessary to establish a monitoring threshold goal, which will ultimately represent some compromise between system cost and various political and military considerations.

Descriptors :   *SEISMIC DETECTION, *ARMS CONTROL, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DETECTION, *SEISMIC DISCRIMINATION, *EARTHQUAKES, YIELD(NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS), SYMPOSIA, VERIFICATION, MONITORING, UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION TESTING, MINING ENGINEERING, SEISMIC WAVES, TREATIES, DISARMAMENT.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Seismology
      Seismic Detection and Detectors
      Nuclear Weapons
      Mining Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE