For the last several years, faculty members form the University of Sulaymani (UoS) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) established a collaborative research program in seismology and seismic risk assessment for the region. Several training workshops and meetings were conducted to pave the way and to allocate the resources to accomplish the goals set for this collaboration. One of these goals is to install an advanced and state of the art seismic observatory in the Faculty of Science and Science Education, Geology Department. Dr. Al-Shukri and Dr. Mahdi of UALR provided the hardware components and the computational facilities for the station. Dr. Bakhtiar Aziz and Dr. Omar Kader provided the logistics and constructed the seismic bench and provided all the resources for the installation. They also provided the needed computing facilities for data retrieval and archiving, data analysis, and research.
Today we are celebrating the fruit of such a productive collaboration be officially opining the first UoS seismic observatory. We congratulate and thank the research teams from both universities on a job well done.