The Earth Sciences and Seismic Engineering Unit (ESSEU) at An-Najah National University’s Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center participated in the RELEMR international experts’ meeting in a workshop devoted to the seismic monitoring centers in Europe, the Arab area and the United States, and the early warning systems for tsunamis and earthquakes. This workshop was held in Spain. The Palestinian delegation consisted of Dr. Jalal Dabbeek, the Director of the Center and a number of researchers and technicians: Dr. Radwan Kilani, Dr. Ayman Muhsen, Dr. Hatem Wahsh, Mr. Mu’ammar Shtayeh, Walaa Ajaaj, and Mr. Anas Atatrah.
Representatives of many Arab, American, and other global institutions of interest participated in the workshop and meeting, which were held under the sponsorship of the UNISCO Paris office and the USGS American Institution.
There was a review of statewide, regional, and international experience among European, American, Asian, and Middle Eastern monitoring networks; in addition, the meeting highlighted these networks’ work mechanisms, systems and applied techniques, along with other technical issues, including developing a network of early warning system for tsunamis and earthquakes.
The meeting and workshop sessions discussed the technical details and telecommunication systems which would be used in a Palestinian earthquake monitoring network, whose establishment and operation is expected to be announced in the year 2014. The Palestinian scientific delegation held meetings with the representatives of the participant states to discuss the forms of cooperation.
As a participant in the specialized scientific sessions, the Director of the Center, Dr. Dabbeek, presented a Palestinian-European paper in which he and researchers of the Earthquake European Engineering Center (EUCENTRE) and the IUSS University, Pavia, Italy, prepared and focused on the mechanisms and means that have been used in mitigating the risks of earthquakes in Palestine, in the project SASPARM-FP7- sponsored by the EU within the FP7 European Projects.
It should be noted that the University is coordinating and communicating with the Palestinian Authority and its institutions to prepare to develop monitoring stations and establish an advanced and integrated national Palestinian network, which will be linked directly with the networks of neighboring countries, Europe and other countries around the world.