A day in the life of a nuclear inspector

13 April 2015

RSK geophysics director Dr George Tuckwell was recently interviewed by The Guardian because of his participation in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO) Integrated Field Exercise 2014 (IFE14) last November. The How to find a nuclear bomb podcast, part of the Science Weekly series, is now available on The Guardian’s website.

Nuclear weapons are a hot topic now, after foreign ministers from the USA, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany reached a deal that aims to curb Iran’s nuclear activities. In light of this, The Guardian asked UN nuclear testing inspector Dr George Tuckwell and Professor Wyn Bowen, head of defence studies at King’s College London, UK, about the threat posed by Iran and the job of an on-site nuclear testing inspector.

Dr Tuckwell participated in the first training cycle of the CTBTO organised by the Provisional Technical Secretariat in 2007–2008, and led the geophysics team in IFE08, the first on-site inspection integrated field exercise hosted by Kazakhstan in September 2008. Since then, he has regularly participated in CTBTO training events, exercises, meetings and workshops. He wrote early drafts of the standard operating procedures for the deployment of geophysical techniques during on-site inspections and worked closely with the Provisional Technical Secretariat to develop the inspection team functionality and functional field team concepts and procedures.

You can listen to the full podcast on The Guardian’s website and read George’s blog online.

For more information, please contact George Tuckwell.

Dr Tuckwell (right) undertaking a ground-penetrating radar survey with Gordon MacLeod, chief of policy and planning, CTBTO.