Observatories and Research Facilities for EUropean Seismology
Volume 5, no 2 September 2003 Orfeus Newsletter


New Publications

The New Manual of Seismological Observatory Practice (NMSOP) has been elaborated by an international IASPEI Working Group. It is now available from the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (ISBN 3-9808780-0-7) for only 30.- EUR, plus shipment and handling cost. The Manual can be ordered on-line from http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/bib/nmsop_formular.html. The NMSOP outlines in a consistent way the social and scientific goals as well as the scope, technology, methodology and basic procedures of observatory seismology. It provides the essential scientific and technical fundamentals, and reveals their inter-relationship. The Manual has been reviewed by 30 external reviewers from 10 countries. It offers plenty of material suitable for introductory university courses into seismology as well as application oriented training in observatory practice. The Manual is also of interest for earthquake engineers and disaster managers who wish to learn more about relevant earthquake parameters.

The Manual appears in two volumes (total of 1250 pages) as a loose-leaf collection in two clamp-folders. This allows easy future up dating and complementing. Volume 1 comprises 13 topically and didactically closely linked chapters:

Chapter 1: Aim and scope of the New Manual of Seismological Observatory Practice
Chapter 2: Seismic Wave Propagation and Earth Models
Chapter 3: Seismic Sources and Source Parameters
Chapter 4: Seismic Signals and Noise
Chapter 5: Seismic Sensors and their Calibration
Chapter 6: Seismic Recording Systems
Chapter 7: Site Selection, Preparation and Installation of Seismic Stations
Chapter 8: Seismic Networks
Chapter 9: Seismic Arrays
Chapter 10: Data Formats, Storage, and Exchange
Chapter 11: Data Analysis and Seismogram Interpretation
Chapter 12: Intensity and Intensity Scales
Chapter 13. Volcano Seismology

The Annex Volume 2 comprises:

  • Datasheets (DS): Parameter lists of widely used seismic sensors; collection of seismic record examples from all regions, distance and depths ranges; travel-time curves; Earth models; magnitude calibration functions; etc.;
  • Information Sheets (IS): Detailed treatment of special topics (such as event location, theoretical source presentation, setting of trigger parameters, etc.) as well as condensed summaries of special instructions/recommendations for quick orientation (e.g., new IASPEI proposals for standard nomenclature of seismic phases and magnitude names, examples of parameter reports according to the new IASPEI Seismic Format, criteria for site selection, etc.);
  • Exercises (EX): Exercises with solutions on basic observatory tasks such as event location, magnitude estimation, determination of fault-plane solutions and other source parameters, instrument calibration, construction of response curves, etc.;
  • Program Descriptions (DS): Short descriptions of essential features of freely available software for observatory practice and how to access it;
  • Miscellaneous with References, List of Acronyms, Glossary, Index;
  • CD-ROM with the complete Manual as pdf-file and animations of seismic ray propagation and seismogram formation in the distance range 10 km to 167 degrees.

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