Thread: Special Frontiers Issue: "Advances in Ocean Bottom Seismology"

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Dear fellow researchers:

We are compiling a special issue for the online journal, "Frontiers," focused on the topic of seafloor seismic developments. Details of the issue and submission process for manuscripts can be found at

This issue has a submission deadline of 31 July 2020 for abstracts, with initial manuscripts due 30 January 2021.

We have submitted a proposal for a companion session at the Fall 2020 American Geophysical Union meeting - details on this will be announced once AGU has sorted out its new COVID paradigm and once we get confirmation to proceed. Meanwhile, please consider contributing to our special issue if your research is relevant (and be ready to join us in the AGU session once it is sorted out). The call for papers, below, outlines the breadth of topics we are seeking:


The field of Ocean Bottom Seismology is rapidly expanding, with many types of deployments for a wide variety of targets, motivated in large part by the desire to understand tectonic structures capable of generating earthquakes and tsunamis. Both passive and active seismic studies require a significant economic investment but provide new information about our planet, particularly at active margins. Seafloor sensors have been used to expand seismic monitoring to cover the vast gaps in historical networks, as well as for structural and geodynamic studies, and to understand where seismic signals generated by ocean waves originate. In addition to the institutions possessing their own OBS, there are pools of instruments (such as OBSIP) that have facilitated numerous experiments with different objectives using temporary OBS networks in all the oceans of the world, and which continue to be undertaken. Semi-permanent OBS networks like those in Japan or Cascadia offer the opportunity to make seafloor seismic observations over extended time scales, providing potentially new observables for dynamic signatures sometimes not perceived in shorter-term deployments.

Different marine environments and tectonic settings require innovative solutions to deployment logistics, sensor emplacement and data recovery. Following the extraction of data, special problems relating to a sometimes very noisy environment pose new challenges to maximize data utility. The accelerating number of ocean bottom seismometer deployments and emerging technology, such as fiber-optic distributed acoustic sensing, has propelled marine seismology into a leading role in our field. We welcome contributions in all relevant topics, in particular:

• New insights into subduction zones and other plate boundaries gleaned from ocean bottom seismic and amphibious seismic network deployments;
• Outlining new research projects that require novel seafloor seismic deployment schemes and instrumentation related to marine seismology for the determination of the relevant oceanic tectonic scenarios;
• Original studies that include recent observational data and modern experimental methods, as well as innovative data analysis, including techniques that reduce anthropomorphic and biological noise to obtain a correct interpretation of the oceanic seismic activity.

Special issue editors:
Francisco Javier Nuñez-Cornu

University of Guadalajara

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Susan Bilek

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, New Mexico, United States

Nathaniel Lindsey

Stanford University

Stanford, California, United States

Diana Núñez

University of Guadalajara

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Charlotte Rowe

Los Alamos National Laboratory (DOE)

Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

Please contact the editors if you have work underway but may have problems with the submission deadlines due to operational delays. We will try to work with you to the extent that the Frontiers editorial office is able.

Dr. Charlotte A. Rowe
EES-17, MS F-665
Seismologist, Geophysics Group
Geophysics Focus Lead, Center for Space and Earth Sciences
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Ph: 505-665-6404, Cell: 505-500-2486

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