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Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP) went online rather than not carry on their vital work of discussing the issues surrounding detecting nuclear explosions.
Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP) went online rather than not carry on their vital work of discussing the issues surrounding detecting nuclear explosions.

When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel and international conferences, the team that puts on the Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP) didn’t give up – it took the event online.

WOSMIP, an international workshop held every 18 months, provides a unique forum for technical discussions and collaborations in support of global nuclear explosion monitoring. The workshop focuses on issues associated with the radioisotopes released from nuclear power plants, research reactors, and medical and industrial isotope production. To detect nuclear explosions, it is important to be able to distinguish between the signatures of such events and the similar signatures of peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Since the meeting could not be in person, I am proud of our work to keep momentum in this area through a virtual presence. This is a critical international effort.

Dr. Brent Park
NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

Originally scheduled for the week of June 22 in Stockholm, WOSMIP VIII has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the WOSMIP team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recognized the importance of maintaining momentum and continuing collaboration and dialogue around these important topics. As a result, the team quickly developed and launched an alternative forum known as WOSMIP Remote.

“The Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production addresses key issues in nuclear explosion detection,” said Dr. Brent Park, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “Since the meeting could not be in person, I am proud of our work to keep momentum in this area through a virtual presence. This is a critical international effort.”

WOSMIP Remote consists of a series of video presentations on a range of topics relevant to the radioisotope and nuclear explosion monitoring communities. Videos released so far include presentations on the history of WOSMIP, the Source Term Analysis of Xenon project, the impact of molten salt reactor emissions, nuclear research reactors and noble gas monitoring, and more.

The newest batch of “WOSMIP Wednesday” videos were released today . Topics discussed include the impact of civilian nuclear emissions and the current status of the 3rd Atmospheric Transport Modeling Challenge, which presents international experts with complex sets of synthetic data they can use to determine the source of emissions that may be associated with a nuclear explosion.