Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)


The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.

Description of Activities on AI

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The Treaty has a unique and comprehensive verification regime consisting of three pillars:

  • The International Monitoring System (IMS) will, when complete, consist of 337 facilities worldwide to monitor the planet for signs of nuclear explosions. Around 90 percent of the facilities are already up and running.
  • The International Data Centre (IDC) at the CTBTO’s headquarters in Vienna acquires data from the IMS monitoring stations. The data are processed automatically, reviewed by human analysts and distributed to the CTBTO’s Member States in both raw and analyzed form. On-site inspections (OSI) can be dispatched to the area of a suspected nuclear explosion if data from the IMS indicate that a nuclear test has taken place there. Inspectors collect evidence at the suspected site.

Project 1: To detect fall army worm damage using a mobile application

Classifying signals from seismic stations to determine their seismic phase based on features measured automatically. The features include amplitude, frequency content, particle motion parameters, etc. Manual data processing of signals from seismic stations is cumbersome thus the need to automate data processing at ICTBTO’s International data center.

Project 2: Network Processing of detected signals to determine the events that have triggered them

Detection of events by on-site inspections for every signal detected is time consuming and expensive hence the need for network processing of signals detected at seismic, infrasound and hydro-acoustic stations in determining the events that have caused these signals to be observed.

Project 3: NET-VISA (NETwork processing Vertically Integrated Seismic Analysis)

Improvement of the current rule-based system.

Project 4: Automatic triage

Distribute certain trouble tickets based on their content.

Project 5: Predicting failure at IMS stations

Predicting failure at IMS stations based on extensive State Of Health (SOH) parameters that are continuously collected and store.

Project 6: Seismic aftershock monitoring

Monitoring changes in the geological structures caused by a possible nuclear explosion and classifying “weak” detections produced to enable separation of noise from signals of interest (aftershocks).

Project 7: Satellite monitoring for On Site Inspection (OSI)

The use of air-and-spaceborne multispectral imagery (MSIR) for classification and change detection in the inspection area, with the ultimate goal of limiting the search area and detecting features of interest.

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