Every other year the ISC Executive Committee (normally seven appointed members) and the ISC Governing Council (representatives of all member institutions, presently 57) meet during either IUGG or IASPEI Assemblies. This time the IASPEI meeting took place very early in the year in Cape Town, South Africa.
Members of the Executive Committee, left to right: Chen Qi-fu (China Earthquake Administration), John Woodhouse (ISC host institution: Oxford University), Gary Gibson (Chair, Seismology Research Centre, Australia), Jaroslava Plomerova (Czech Academy of Sciences), Guy Masters (US National Science Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD), John Adams (Governing Council Chair, Natural Resources, Canada)
Both the Executive Committee (EC) and the Governing Council (GC) evaluated the ISC’s performance in 2008 and its plans for the next three years. Based on the great additional support from new and existing member organizations as well as additional grants given in the UK, the ISC was able to employ two new members of staff to proceed with its development programme. The first is responsible for revising the ISC location procedures and the second is trying to make limited automatic measurements from waveforms to improve the accuracy of the ISC Bulletin. The ISC finances were found to be in good shape and the “go ahead” was given to hire another IT personnel member. This person will have to build a brand new modern interactive Bulletin analysis system in place of the old paperbased batch-mode system that is no longer able to cope with the highly increased volumes of data reported to the ISC by 120 networks and data centres around the world.
The inclusion of the USArray reviewed station picks and ISS station data for 1960-1963 was seen as a major improvement. Both the EC and GC welcomed another new service that the ISC is now offering – the IASPEI list of GT events. Developments in the area of collecting more up-to-date provisional bulletins from around the world (before the final bulletins are given), merging and making those available as part of the automatic ISC bulletin was seen as useful service for seismologists, consistent with the ISC mission. Further work on integrating the EHB bulletin data was welcome. The work under the UK FCO proposal to create a dedicated link to the ISC database for CTBTO and National Data Centres was also seen as a major step forward. The ISC has been encouraged to work in partnership with GEM in preparation of the earthquake catalogues for seismic hazard and also act as a long-term depository of the GEM catalogue-related products. A mid-term goal of changing the printed ISC Bulletin in favour of the Summary of the ISC Bulletin with attached CD has been also seen as heading in the right direction. The GC discussed a necessity to backup ISC data at other data centres.
"The Strategies of the ISC development 2009~2011" was endorsed in principle with amendments to be received shortly after the meeting. This document is now available from the ISC web-site.