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The Future of Passive Seismic Acquisition

Over the last 20-30 years the UK has played a leading role in the development, deployment and analysis of passive seismic data.  This ranges from microseismic monitoring on faults, volcanoes or for energy production, to large scale imaging of the crust and mantle to understand tectonic/geodynamic processes. Recently there has been a move towards collecting large data sets, both spatially and temporally. This includes an increasing use of low power, easy to deploy land sensors and marine acquisition through ocean bottom seismometers or autonomous drones. This meeting is a chance to learn from past experiences, think about what the next 20-30 years will bring. Sessions and panel discussions will mix academic and industrial participants to generate a blend of new ideas.

UPDATE: We have recently submitted a paper detailing the outputs from the meeting and a vision for the future of passive seismic acquisition. It will soon be out in Astronomy and Geophysics, but you can find a pre-print here

We have an excellent list of international and UK invited speakers covering novel deployments, new instrumentation and processing methodology:

  • Michel Campillo (Université Grenoble-Alpes, France)
    • Deep and shallow passive reflectivity imaging in complex media with dense arrays: examples from CMB and volcano structures
  • John Collins (Woods-Hole Oceanographic Institute, US)
    • Eighteen years of ocean bottom seismograph experiments in the U.S.: Lessons learned and future directions
  • Fiona Darbyshire (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
    • Seismograph networks across Canada: Building on the legacy of LITHOPROBE and POLARIS
  • Yann Hello (CNRS Geoazur, France)
    • MUG-OBS a geophysical multi-parameters ocean bottom station; a new versatile approach for monitoring earthquakes.
  • John Hole (Virginia Tech, US)
    • Aftershock characterization using a dense array and backprojection: a quantitative comparison of densely spaced geophones and traditional arrays
  • Heiner Igel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat München, Germany)
    • Towards measuring the complete ground motion: Application of 6 DoF measurements
  • Hitoshi Kawakatsu (ERI, University of Tokyo, Japan)
    • Elucidation of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system of oceanic mantle via broadband ocean bottom seismology – Pacific Array
  • Mike Kendall (University of Bristol, UK)
    • New advances and challenges in reservoir microseismicity
  • Charlotte Krawczyk (GFZ-Potsdam, Germany)
    • Fibre-optic strain sensing: Game changer in seismic surveying?
  • Sjoerd de Ridder (Total E&P UK)
    • Inversion of the Earth’s free oscillations using dense array observations and wavefield gradiometry
  • Catherine Rychert (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK)
    • Seismic imaging of the oceanic lithosphere: the PI-LAB experiment at the equatorial mid-Atlantic Ridge and the VOILA experiment at the subduction zone in the Lesser Antilles. 
  • Hanneke Paulssen (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    • Temporary seismic networks: Lessons learned and future perspectives
  • Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico, US)
    • Large-N seismic arrays for applications from lithospheric structure to local surface processes

Additionally, a number of leading industrial partners will present their latest products and plans for future developments:

We also invite submissions from geoscientists and engineers interested in passive seismic acquisition, from instrumentation design through deployment to the new scientific methods that require new innovative instrumentation.

We particularly welcome early career scientists and PhD students to contribute to the meeting.

Steering committee:

Nick Harmon, Karin Sigloch, Nick Rawlinson, Brian Baptie, James Hammond, Andrew Curtis