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What are Channel Codes?

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IRIS Webmaster  staff  Oct. 9, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

What are Channel Codes?


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Adam Clark  accepted answer  staff  Oct. 9, 2013, 3:32 p.m.

The Channel Code is a 3-character code that specifies the type, bandwidth of the recorded signal, and orientation of the sensor. For instance, a channel code of BHZ is used to indicate the signal came from a broadband B, high gain seismometer H and is recording ground motion in the vertical Z direction.

A complete summary of channel codes can be found in Appendix A of the FDSN SEED Manual

You may also like to try the Data Channel Wizard.