Seismic monitoring of inundation of the Glencoe Hydro Scheme Reservoir

Luckett, R.; Baptie, B.. 2012 Seismic monitoring of inundation of the Glencoe Hydro Scheme Reservoir. British Geological Survey, 11pp. (OR/12/062) (Unpublished)

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Impoundment of reservoirs is known to sometimes cause earthquakes. At Glendoe in the Scottish Highlands the first large-scale hydro-electric power station to be built in the UK in almost 50 years was built in 2007/2008. In May 2008, a small network of seismometers was installed around the area due to be flooded at Glendoe to monitor any possible seismicity and these stations were maintained for a year after impoundment. Although a number of local earthquakes were recorded with good signal to noise ratios, no seismicity was recorded that can be attributed to the reservoir. This is perhaps because the dam is low, with a maximum water depth of 35m, whereas most reservoir induced seismicity has been observed at dams with water depths of over 100m.

Item Type: Publication - Report
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: 01 Feb 2013 13:32 +0 (UTC)

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