Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

International Geodynamics Research Center opens in Kyrgyz Republic



On June 10, 2000, the International Research Center-Geodynamic Proving Ground was inaugurated near Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic.The centers purpose will be to facilitate collaborative research in geodynamics, not only between Kyrgyz and Russian scientists, but involving scientists from other countries as well.

The new center takes advantage of existing capabilities in geophysical research at both the Scientific Station of the Associated Institute of High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences, and at Kyrgyz institutes. For instance, the Kyrgyz Seismograph Network, operated by the Kyrgyz Institute of Seismology (KIS) and the Scientific Station, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF),consists of 10 state-of-the-art broadband seismographs whose data are transmitted in near-real time to the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California in San Diego.