Alaska

Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE)

A major shoreline-crossing community seismic experiment will commence in 2018, focused on the Alaska Peninsula subduction zone.

 

 

GeoPRISMS Website

AACSE Cruise Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed instrument deployment plan and existing seismic stations.

Experiment Summary

(Taken from the AACSE GeoPRISMS website): North America’s largest recorded earthquakes and largest documented volcanic eruptions both take place in southwest Alaska. A major shoreline-crossing community seismic experiment will commence in 2018, focused on the Alaska Peninsula subduction zone. Alaska is a GeoPRISMS primary site and current EarthScope target. The deployment is augmented by deployment of EarthScope Transportable Array (TA) seismic stations, earthquake and volcanic monitoring networks, and the recent development of a large pool of ocean bottom seismographs (OBSs). Together, these resource provide a unique opportunity to advance understanding of Alaska and subduction processes generally.

AACSE collects seismic data remotely onshore and offshore, all of which will be freely released to the community as rapidly as possible. The array includes 75  broadband OBSs and 30 land broadband sensors, recording for 15 months beginning May-June 2018. The array covers a broad area that spans the incoming plate, the megathrust and volcanic arc to the distal backarc, and includes a dense transect in the Kodiak/Katmai region. When integrated with the TA, the array extends 1500 km from incoming plate to the Arctic coast and spans 700 km along strike. The OBSs include 20 shielded sensors for deployment in shallow water. Many OBSs include absolute pressure gauges to capture possible slow slip events, while five OBSs and six land sites will include accelerometers to record large local earthquakes without clipping.

Cruises

2018 - 2019

Deployment will occur the summer of 2018 and the recovery will occur in 2019.

Data

Data from all OBS instruments deployed will be archived under temporary network code XD.