2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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IRIS/PASSCAL seismic support

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

Event Number: T-299-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman

Mr. Paul Carpenter (Principal Investigator)
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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center
Socorro, New Mexico

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  As required to support NSF-funded projects

Project Description:
The IRIS Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center supports NSF/OPP-funded projects. PASSCAL provides OPP support through: 1) equipment testing as it arrives on continent and rapid deployment to the field; 2) training to researchers; 3) on-continent instrument troubleshooting, performance evaluation, and data QC; 4) assisting researchers with data backup and archiving; and 5) field support, including installation and maintenance as required. Each year, the facility provides instrumentation and support to NSF-funded seismological projects while also developing cold-station deployment strategies, collaborating with vendors to develop and test equipment rated -55° C / -67° F, building an equipment pool, and creating a cold-station techniques repository. The team has been tasked by NSF with installing and maintaining a five-station permanent network on Mt. Erebus.

Field Season Overview:
Each year, PASSCAL supports a variety of NSF-funded science projects while also developing cold station deployment strategies, collaborating with vendors to develop and test equipment rated for -55°C / -67°F, building an equipment pool, and creating a repository for cold station techniques. This year, some of the projects PASSCAL will support include: Susan Schwartz (C-525-M), Terry Wilson/POLENET (G-079), Phil Kyle/MEVO III (G-081-M), Howard Conway (I-210-M).

Deploying Team Members:

  • Paul Carpenter (PI)
  • Dean Childs
  • Jason Hebert (Team Leader)
  • Tim Parker

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