Thread: SSA Session New Frontiers in Global Seismic Monitoring and Earthquake Research

Started: 2019-01-08 00:33:50
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For those working in seismic monitoring, research, and communication, please consider submitting an abstract to the following SSA session.

New Frontiers in Global Seismic Monitoring and Earthquake Research

Driven by the societal expectation for timely, accurate information, the past decade has seen dramatic improvements as a result of increased computational efficiency, seismic data coverage and improved communication technology. While aspects of earthquake research have taken advantage of this evolution, the adoption of improvements in earthquake monitoring has not been fully leveraged. In real-time monitoring, earthquakes are characterized in a vacuum, without leveraging knowledge of past events. New data types may help characterize earthquakes more quickly and accurately. New opportunities exist for rapidly communicating information. With these advances, global seismic monitoring can improve the quality and timeliness of information shared with the public.

A U.S. Geological Survey Powell Center Working Group explored these issues at a recent meeting, attempting to prioritize future opportunities in earthquake monitoring and research. Areas of focus identified by the group included improved agency communication during earthquake response; leveraging insights from the nuclear monitoring community in processing array data for earthquake detection and association; use of machine learning techniques to improve the reliability of source characterization; compressing the timeline of rapid source characterization; and improving our use of social media and crowd-sourced data. We solicit contributions that further explore these and related issues. We seek to more clearly identify priorities of future monitoring efforts, what new technologies can improve the speed and accuracy of monitoring and how to improve communication and coordination between groups involved in earthquake response and research.


Gavin P. Hayes, U.S. Geological Survey (ghayes<at>

Paul S. Earle, U.S. Geological Survey (pearle<at>

Kristine Pankow, University of Utah (pankow<at>

Alberto Michelini, Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia (alberto.michelini<at>
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