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Frank Pabian

Frank Pabian is a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Fellow in the Geophysics Group, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, with 45 years experience in nuclear nonproliferation, satellite imagery analysis, geospatial infrastructure analysis, and geologic mapping. He has published widely on open-source geospatial data mining, with particular emphasis on underground nuclear testing, including geologic site characterization of the North Korean nuclear test site with David Coblentz and the geolocation of the five nuclear tests to date. Pabian has engaged in arms control verification and monitoring both from space and on the ground, having also served in the 1990s as a United Nations' Chief Inspector in Iraq for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Recent reporting has raised the specter of a future North Korean nuclear test triggering a catastrophic volcanic eruption from the nearby volcano, Mt. Paektu (or Baekdu), which spans the North Korean/Chinese border northwest of the underground nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. This reporting is somewhat reminiscent of previous concerns linking the [...]

Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.