The virtual Middle East Seismographic Network (vMESN); Concept and Implementation

The virtual Middle East Seismographic Network  (vMESN); Concept and Implementation

Hafidh  A.  A.  Ghalib 1 ,  Ghassan  I.  Aleqabi 2 ,  Fadhil  I.  Khudhur 3,  Tawfiq  Al-Yazjeen 4 &

Mahmoud Al-Qaryouti 4

1 Array Information Technology, 5130 Commercial Drive, Suite B, Melbourne, FL 32940, USA, e-mail:

2 Washington University in Saint Louis, Campus Box 1169, One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130, USA, e-mail:

3 Directorate General of Meteorology and Seismology, Erbil, Iraq,


4 Jordan Seismological Observatory and Geophysical Studies, Amman, Jordan, e-mail:,

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At the 7th Gulf Seismic Forum on January 22-25, 2012, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ghalib  et

al.  (2012) proposed the establishment of vMESN. It is a virtual seismographic network

that all Middle East countries operating telemetered seismic stations can equally exploit

to monitor earthquakes in and around their respective territories. The overarchin g goal

of vMESN is  to advance the teaching and practice of seismology and research among

member countries. It is a scientifically and economically rewarding concept with high

return  on  modest  investment  in  resources  and  infrastructure.   It  is  also  technic ally

feasible  to  implement  at  member  data  centers  to  greatly  improve  the  capability  and

coverage  of  their  national  networks  when  augmented  with  international  stations  in  the

region.   The  integrated  real-time  data  that  vMESN  provides  is  invaluable  for  research

and  development  in  seismology  and  earthquakes  engineering.   Presently,  vMESN  is

implemented  and  operational  at  Jordan,  Erbil  and  Sulaimaniyah  Seismological

Observatories (JSO, ESO and SSO, respectively) and at Array Information Technology

(AIT) data center in Maryland, USA. At no cost to the host and member countries, AIT

is  contributing  real-time  data  from  the  international  stations  in  the  region;  Jordan  is

contributing  real-time  data  from  their  Jordan  Seismological  Network  (JSN),  and

Kurdistan from their KSIRS array and some of the North Iraq Seismographic Network

(NISN)  stations.   Three-component  data  from  a  total  of  72  stations  is  currently  being

automatically  shared  and  independently  processed  at  the  aforementioned  data  centers.

The  Antelope,  and  soon  SeisComp3,  real-time  software  system  is  configured  to

automatically  acquire,  forward  and  process  the  data.   The  invitation  is  open  to  all

countries  in  the  Middle  East  to  join  vMESN,  if  they  commit  to  the  requirement  of

sharing data in real-time over Internet. Each member country continues to maintain full

control over their networks’ data and over what to acquire and forward to others. Also,

each member country continues to independently process the data and publishes bulletins

in accordance with its technical practices, standards and regulations.

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