Challenges of Modern Seismology discussed in Tashkent

Oct 12, 2016

Uzbekistan is located within one of the most seismically-active regions in Central Asia. Strengthening the capacity to prepare for and respond to different natural disasters is one of the priorities of joint efforts of UNDP in Uzbekistan and the Government of Uzbekistan.

On October 12, 2016, a three-day International Conference “Actual Issues of Modern Seismology – TASECO 2016”, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Tashkent Earthquake and founding of the Institute of Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, commenced its work in the capital city Business Centre “Poytaht”. Prof. Lutpullaev S.L., acting President of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Mr. Aripov K.M., First Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan, and Mr. Garakhanov F., UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Uzbekistan opened the conference with their welcoming speeches where they underlined the significance of holding the event in this format with participation of global-level experts.

Specialists from 20 countries are presenting their reports and delivering presentations, sharing the experience and discussing the latest results of seismic hazard assessment, issues of earthquake forecasting, seismic risk mitigation and a range of other important issues of seismology.

Over 50 years of work, the Institute of Seismology, established immediately after the powerful Tashkent earthquake in 1966, has achieved considerable scientific results in the field of research in the nature of earthquake, seismicity, assessment and zoning of seismic hazard, development of scientific basis and methodology of earthquake forecasting, seismotectonics and engineering seismology. In the last few years, an automated system for seismic monitoring based on modern digital seismic stations and telecommunication technologies was created within the scope of the National Investment Programme “Reconstruction and development of the seismic hazard monitoring system”. UNDP in Uzbekistan, providing continuous support to the projects of the Institute, has also made notable contribution to improve this system. In particular, in 2013, up-to-date seismic equipment for targeted instrumental observations, field, geotechnical and other surveys to design the seismic microzonation map of Tashkent and other cities of the country was supplied to the Institute of Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan within the framework of the Memorandum on Cooperation.

As it was mentioned at the Conference, the modern seismic monitoring network in Uzbekistan comprises more than 60 observation points, including 45 digital seismic stations and 15 sectional monitoring centres of the network of geophysical, hydrogeochemical and geodynamic earthquake precursors. Within the context of meetings with foreign partners, local industry experts are planning to discuss the most topical issues at the current stage of seismology requiring wider research and analysis of seismicity of the Earth, Central Asian region and Uzbekistan.

The Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Institute of Seismology, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan supported by UNDP in Uzbekistan and the DIPECHO IX of the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations act as the organizers of the International Conference.

*Based on the materials of the Joint Project of MES, UNDP in Uzbekistan, and DIPECHO IX of the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations “Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Capacities in Uzbekistan”.

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