The ISC: 50 Years of Service to Seismology and Vision for the Future
IUGG, S02, Prague Convention Centre, Czech Republic June 27, 2015
Dmitry Storchak, ISC, UK Steve Myers, LLNL, USA Marcelo Assumpção, IAG/USP, Brazil Andrea Morelli, INGV, Italy Bertrand Delouis, GeoAzur/CNRS, France
The International Seismological Centre (ISC) was formed in 1964 as an international, non-governmental and non-profit organization. The first objective was to continue the International Seismological Summary’s (ISS) mission, which entailed collecting seismogram readings made by local, regional and global seismic networks and providing the definitive bulletin of global seismicity. Demand for the ISC Bulletin and the scope of ISC services grew over the years. In addition to the Bulletin, the ISC now manages the International Seismographic Station Registry jointly with NEIC/USGS, the IASPEI Reference Event List (GT), the EHB Bulletin, the ISC Event Bibliography, the ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue and the International Seismological Contacts Service. In line with demand, the number of member-institutions supporting the ISC has grown to 62 and the number networks contributing data is now 130 with 6500 stations in all. The ISC is also working to extend and upgrade its services by experimenting with its own waveform measurements. Each year ISC data are used in several hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles in many fields of geosciences, including studies of inner structure of the Earth, tectonics, seismicity, assessment of seismic hazard and risk, and monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
This session invited contributions that celebrate the use of ISC data in all fields of the geosciences. We also invited suggestions for new services and functions that the ISC and other parametric data centres could provide to the seismological community.
Over the last few years we collected a few short notes from our colleagues and frequent data users that demonstrated the ways that the ISC data were used in different fields of research. Although these notes were originally intended for the ISC Brochure, we took a liberty of re-using them in the following three poster-testimonials that were exhibited in the ISC-50 auditorium at the Prague Convention Centre.
- Brian Kennett
- Engdahl, Van der Hilst, Buland
- Grünthal and Wahlström
- Hayes and Wald
- Douglas and Lilwall
The session ended with a reception that featured Czech delicacies accompanied by a glass of DADÁ produced in the vineyards near offices of INPRES, Argentina - an ISC Member institution. We thank our colleagues in Prague, Jarka Plomerova and Jan Zednik for their help with the organization of this rare event.
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*photos are courtesy of Diethelm Kaiser (BGR, Germany)