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Lamont TRM OBS
The trawl resistant ocean bottom seismometers built by Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory are closing the gap between the deep ocean and the shoreline by allowing shallow (>1km) water deployments.
OBSIP News and Notices
Subduction Zone Dynamics Refined By Community Experiment
Data from the Cascadia Initiative experiment was used in a study published in Science that imaged the subduction zone offshore Washington and Oregon. Click for links to the article and more information about the five-year deployment. (Photo: Erik Fredrickson)
Subduction Zone Dynamics Refined By Community Experiment
New “Data Mine” Column Debuts With SEGMeNT Experiment
Seismological Research Letters debuted their new "Data Mine" column with an article on the Malawi Rift (SEGMeNT) experiment headed by Dr. Donna Shillington. Find a link to the article and more information on the experiment page by clicking here.
New “Data Mine” Column Debuts With SEGMeNT Experiment
HOBITSS Featured in Smithsonian Article on Slow Earthquakes
During this year-long deployment the Lamont-Doherty shielded instruments recorded a shallow slow-slip event that occurred offshore New Zealand in 2015. Click for a link to the Smithsonian article as well as more information on the HOBITSS experiment.
HOBITSS Featured in Smithsonian Article on Slow Earthquakes
First Seismometers Deployed in Yellowstone Lake
The very first lake bottom seismometers have been installed in Yellowstone Lake to record the hydrothermal vent activity within this well-known caldera. Dr. Robert Sohn’s experiment uses Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ocean bottom seismometers modified to operate in the freshwater environment. (Photo: Louis Garcia)
First Seismometers Deployed in Yellowstone Lake
NoMelt Study Challenges Views of Mantle Dynamics
A study recently published in Nature uses OBS data from the 2011-2013 NoMelt experiment in the Pacific to show that large-scale plate motion may not be the greatest driver of deformation in the oceanic mantle. Click for more information about the NoMelt experiment. (Photo: Jim Gaherty)
NoMelt Study Challenges Views of Mantle Dynamics
Cascadia Initiative Data Used in Tsunami Forecast Study
In a study published by Geophysical Research Letters and featured by Eos, researchers used OBSIP seafloor pressure recordings of the tsunami from the 2012 Haida Gwaii earthquake to test a potential forecast method fed by real-time wave data. Click to read the Eos article. (Photo: Daniel Zietlow)
Cascadia Initiative Data Used in Tsunami Forecast Study
CREST Experiment Underway in the South Atlantic
Dr. Robert Reece led this expedition to image the longest transect of oceanic crust to date, 1500 kilometers from ridge to rise. Click to learn more about this experiment and read about the deployment and recovery on board the R/V Langseth via their science blog. (Photo: Clint Koch)
CREST Experiment Underway in the South Atlantic
International OBS Meeting at AGU
Presenters hailed from six different countries and eleven different institutions, attracting a large audience at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. Click to view the presentation slides that are now available.
International OBS Meeting at AGU
High Attendance at 2015 OBS Symposium in Vancouver, WA
Over 100 attended the two day OBS Symposium with representation from academia, industry, and government. Presentations and posters are available on the symposium webpages.
High Attendance at 2015 OBS Symposium in Vancouver, WA
An OBS Perspective
A video by Ernie Aaron of Scripps Institute of Oceanography shows the experience of an ocean bottom seismometer from deployment to recovery during the 2014-2015 ENAM community seismic experiment.
An OBS Perspective

The Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)

The U.S. National Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool provides instrumentation to support research to further our understanding of marine geology, seismology and geodynamics. Funded through the NSF, the Pool makes ocean bottom seismic equipment available to all interested researches, to private and public organizations, and to industry.

Highlights

2015 OBS Symposium
The Ocean Bottom Seismology Symposium in Vancouver, WA, was attended by over 100 participants and featured 18 talks covering a wide range of research topics. Specifications for future OBS instrumentation were also discussed.
OBSIPtec Mailing List
OBSIP has created a mailing list for ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) related information and technical discussion of OBS issues. All subscribers are encouraged to contribute. Click here to sign up and join the conversation.
2014 AAF Workshop
The Amphibious Array Facility Workshop in Snowbird, UT gathered over 80 participants to consider the future of the Amphibious Array of onshore and ocean-bottom seismometers (OBSs) currently deployed as the Cascadia Initiative.