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Community Seismic Network

Clayton, Robert W. and Heaton, Thomas and Chandy, Mani and Krause, Andreas and Kohler, Monica and Bunn, Julian and Guy, Richard and Olson, Michael and Faulkner, Matthew and Cheng, MingHei and Strand, Leif and Chandy, Rishi and Obenshain, Daniel and Liu, Anne and Aivazis, Michael (2011) Community Seismic Network. Annals of Geophysics, 54 (6). pp. 738-747. ISSN 1593-5213. doi:10.4401/ag-5269.

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The article describes the design of the Community Seismic Network, which is a dense open seismic network based on low cost sensors. The inputs are from sensors hosted by volunteers from the community by direct connection to their personal computers, or through sensors built into mobile devices. The server is cloud-based for robustness and to dynamically handle the load of impulsive earthquake events. The main product of the network is a map of peak acceleration, delivered within seconds of the ground shaking. The lateral variations in the level of shaking will be valuable to first responders, and the waveform information from a dense network will allow detailed mapping of the rupture process. Sensors in buildings may be useful for monitoring the state-of-health of the structure after major shaking.

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Heaton, Thomas0000-0003-3363-2197
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Bunn, Julian0000-0002-3798-298X
Additional Information:© 2011 Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Received June 30, 2011; accepted October 26, 2011. The development of the Community Seismic Network is supported by the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation. This research is also supported by NSF Award CNS0932392. We thank NodalSeismic Inc. for the samples of data used in Figure 3. The manuscript was significantly improved by suggestions from the associate editor, Paul Earle, and a reviewer, Jesse Lawrence.
Group:Seismological Laboratory
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Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Seismology/Ground motion, Instruments and techniques, Seismic risk, Computational geophysics/Algorithms and implementation, Data dissemination/Seismological data
Issue or Number:6
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Official Citation:Clayton, R., Heaton, T., Chandy, M., Krause, A., Kohler, M., Bunn, J., Guy, R., Olson, M., Faulkner, M., Cheng, M., Strand, L., Chandy, R., Obenshain, D., Liu, A., & Aivazis, M. (2012). Community Seismic Network. Annals Of Geophysics, 54(6). doi:10.4401/ag-5269
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