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UK earthquake monitoring 2010/2011

British Geological Survey. 2011 UK earthquake monitoring 2010/2011. British Geological Survey, 40pp. (OR/11/003) (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The British Geological Survey (BGS) operates a network of seismometers throughout the UK in order to acquire seismic data on a long-term basis. The aims of the Seismic Monitoring and Information Service are to develop and maintain a national database of seismic activity in the UK for use in seismic hazard assessment, and to provide near-immediate responses to the occurrence, or reported occurrence, of significant events. The project is supported by a group of organisations under the chairmanship of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with major financial input from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In the 22nd year of the project, three new broadband seismograph stations were established, giving a total of 33 broadband stations. Real-time data from all broadband stations and nearly all other short period stations are being transferred directly to Edinburgh for near real-time detection and location of seismic events as well as archival and storage of continuous data. We have also upgraded data acquisition hardware at most broadband stations to improve local storage and data communications. All significant events were reported rapidly to the Customer Group through seismic alerts sent by e-mail. The alerts were also published on the Internet (http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk). Monthly seismic bulletins were issued six weeks in arrears and compiled in a finalised annual bulletin (Galloway, 2011). In all reporting areas, scheduled targets have been met. Three papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Seven presentations were made at international conferences. Three BGS internal reports were prepared along with four confidential reports. We have continued to collaborate widely with academic partners across the UK and overseas on a number of research initiatives.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Earth hazards and systems
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Date made live: 03 Apr 2012 15:28
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17602

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