Establishment of the Libyan National Seismological Network (LNSN)

Libya is engaged with UNESCO in a multi-dimensional project on earthquake monitoring and research studies entitled "Establishment of the Libyan National Seismological Network" (LNSN). This project was developed within the framework of the country's national and regional efforts to assess and mitigate earthquake risks.

The LNSN is a UNESCO-Libyan self-benefiting project which aims at building capacity in earthquake monitoring and research, and at establishing a National Digital Seismological Network and a Strong Motion Network in order to conduct studies of earthquake-related phenomena in the interest of risk assessment and reduction in the region.

Fifteen up-to-date broadband stations, using state-of-the-art VSAT communication technology, and a Central Processing Centre in Ghariyan, Libya, were successfully installed and have been in full operation since November 2005, in addition to 20 portable stations.

The network is designed to monitor local and regional and seismical activities, and to provide high quality data for research projects, both locally and on the regional and global scale.

Extensive training programmes and workshops have contributed to the preparation of a number of national technicians and scientific staff for the operation and maintenance of the digital network and reinforced technical and scientific capabilities in earthquake data analysis and evaluating earthquake risk.

The future phases of this project have been discussed with Libyan delegates and the next steps identified.

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