Late in 2007, the Seismological Society of America (SSA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) agreed on a joint position statement titled “Capability to Monitor the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).” It reaffirmed a similar joint statement issued eight years earlier, saying in essence that these two professional societies are confident that a combination of worldwide monitoring resources will meet the verification goals of the CTBT. The full statement can be found at http://www.seismosoc.org/government/position_statement.html and in the March/April 2008 issue of Seismological Research Letters (SRL 79, 158–159). I appreciate the SRL editor's invitation to expand here on some of the...

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