Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences to use GPS-technology to study Earth's crust

Azerbaijan Materials 15 March 2012 17:19 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend G.Veliyev /

The National Seismological Centre (NSC) is starting to install GPS-stations for the study of horizontal crustal movements, Deputy General Director Azay Rzayev told Trend on Thursday.

Rzayev said the center plans during 2012 to install ten stations of global positioning system, work on the installation of which are already being conducted by specialists of Japan, USA and Georgia.

"The total number GPS-stations in the country will be 25, which will be incorporated into the overall system of space geodesy with satellite communication reception. Studies of horizontal crustal movements will begin later this year. GPS-stations will be located in almost all the seismic stations of the center," Rzayev said.

The GPS-stations will determine the displacement of the Earth's crust caused by earthquakes in the region, and measure slow and weak oscillations of the crust with high precision.