Dr. David Bowers, AWE Blacknest, Aldermaston

Posted by pkm at Jan 19, 2015 05:05 PM |

Dr David Bowers joined the Division of Forensic Seismology at AWE Blacknest in 1994, as a junior research fellow, after studying for his PhD at the University of Edinburgh on methods for identifying earthquakes and underground explosions (co-sponsored by NERC/MoD).  Since 1998, David has been closely involved with Scientific Expert Groups set up to advise on aspects of the development of the International Data Centre (IDC) of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) in Vienna.

David took over the science-lead for Forensic Seismology in 2000, with responsibility for,
(1) the scientific content and direction of the programme,
(2) assessments at the request of MoD (for example, the underground nuclear tests announced by the DPRK), and
(3) providing technical advice to HMG as required (for example, being the technical adviser on behalf of MoD to the Working Group set up to resolve the siting of wind farms in the vicinity of the CTBT UK seismic station at Eskdalemuir - the Group re-convened in 2012 and is chaired by the Scottish Government).

Since 2001, David has been a technical adviser on the UK delegation to Working Group B (WGB) of the CTBTO.  In 2007, David became Chair of the Waveform Expert Group reporting to WGB.  In 2010/11 David co-chaired an Expert Group looking at data fusion reporting to WGB.

David has built and maintains strong links with many geophysical research institutions around the world, especially in the US and the UK.  David has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and written over 30 technical reports.  David regularly gives presentations on the Forensic Seismology programme to senior figures from AWE, MoD, FCO, and from overseas. David also presents the results of research at international scientific meetings, supervises postgraduate students, and organises and chairs scientific meetings, often with international invited speakers.
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