2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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Global seismograph station at South Pole and Palmer Station
 

Program Manager:
Dr. Mark Kurz

G-090-P/S
NSF/EAR 1261681

ASC POC/Implementer:
Philip Spindler / Samina Ouda

Mr. Kent Anderson (Principal Investigator)
kent@iris.edu

United States Geological Survey
Albuquerque Seismological Labratory
Sandia Park, New Mexico

Supporting Stations:  Palmer Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations:  TerraLab/Seismic Vault, Quiet Sector

Project Description:
IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) is a university consortium sponsored by the NSF and dedicated to the operation of scientific facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of freely-available seismic data. This project is a long-term study of seismicity and is part of IRIS's 120+ station Global Seismographic Network (GSN). Seismic stations at Palmer Station and at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station are named PMSA and QSPA respectively. Recently, the South Pole seismic station was moved from the V1 vault (near the old dome site) to SPRESSO to reduce station-related "cultural" noise. The move has made QSPA the most quiet seismic station in the entire GSN. Lower background noise levels will allow researchers to see smaller events from farther away as well as help identify and characterize Antarctic seismicity.

Field Season Overview:
No deployment is required.

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