Observatories and Research Facilities for EUropean Seismology
Volume 6, no 1 July 2004 Orfeus Newsletter


  • Delay in editing the Newsletter
    The NERIES preparations and running the current EC-projects have caused delays in editing the ORFEUS Electronic Newsletter. Our appologies.

  • Lucas Caljé replaces Chad Trabant
    Since February 2004 Lucas Caljé is responsible for the operations of the Virtual European Broadband Seismic Network (VEBSN). He replaces Chad Trabant, who moved to Seattle, Washington state, USA. Chad is currently USArray lead data control analyst at the IRIS-DMC. At the ORFEUS Data Center Chad did an outstanding job in building up the VEBSN within the framework of the EC-project MEREDIAN. Chad also contributed significantly to the current succes of SeisComp amd SeedLink by making important contributions in upgrading SeisComP and adding the SeedLink library.
    Lucas Caljé has already experience at the ODC. He worked many years parttime at the ODC as Quality Control Data Processing analyst. With his masters degree in Geophysics pending and a considerable programming experience he will be a valuable new addition to our team.

  • Data availability at the ODC
    Recent event data (not quality controlled) from around 115 stations of the Virtual European Broadband Seismic Network (VEBSN) is currently available on WILBERII (format: SEED, miniSEED, binary and ASCII SAC) and ftp (format: SEED and miniSEED).
    Data time span: March 2002 - present .
    Quality controlled event data for European-Mediterranean BB stations is available on: WILBER (Format: SEED) or ftp (Format:SEED). AutoDRM requests to autodrm (at) orfeus.knmi.nl also provides access to the event data archive (format: GSE and SEED).
    Data time span: 1988 - 2001, not yet complete for 1998-1002
    Continuous data from the VEBSN is accessible with a 30 days buffer by AutoDRM requests to rtautodrm (at) orfeus.knmi.nl (format: GSE). Note that we have currently a 1 Mbyte size limit per AutoDRM request.
    The up-to-date status of the data availability can be found on ODC-online
    QuakeExplorer. Event data can also been viewed and analysed using QuakeExplorer, a stand alone Java program that can run on your computer.

  • CDROMs with ORFEUS workshop material
    The presentations and discussions of one EMICES/ORFEUS workshop and one EMICES workshop are available on CDROM and can be obtained from ORFEUS:
    • ORFEUS/EMICES workshop: "Distributed, Object Oriented Computing for Seismology"
    • EMICES workshop: "Seismic Hazard and data exchange within the Mediterranean". This workshop has been co-sponsored by the USGS, UNESCO and the EC (EMICES) and was organised mainly by the USGS and EMSC.

  • MEREDIAN Annual meeting, Sunday September 12, 2004, GFZ, Potsdam; 12:00-18:00
    Within the MEREDIAN project we will have the second annual meeting gathering all 18 participants. At this meeting we will discuss the general overview and pragmatics. Detailed issues will be treated during the ESC2004 meeting within smaller groups.
    Place: GeoforschungsZentrum (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany.
    Local organiser: Winfried Hanka
    Meeting coordinator: Torild van Eck

  • ORFEUS meetings at the ESC2004
    • ORFEUS ExeCom meeting: September 13, 2004; 13:00-15:00
    • ORFEUS Board of Directors: September 15, 2004; 13:00- 15:00
    • EMSC-ORFEUS coordinating Committee: September 14, 2004; 12:30-14:00
    • ORFEUS WG1 (station siting) together with FDSN WG1: September 14, 2004; 11:30-14:00 (public)
    • ORFEUS WG3 (mobile stations) together with FDSN WG5: September 14, 2004; 18:00-20:00 (public)
    • ORFEUS WG4 (software) together with FDSN WG2 and WG3: September 14, 2004; 20:30-22:00 (public)
      possibly continued on: September 15, 2004; 18:00-22:00

  • Relevant discussion on data centres and data management at the ESC2004
    ESC Sub Commission SC-B (Data acquisition, Theory and Interpretation), Working Group 1 (Data centres and Exchange) will have a discussion in the afternoon on September 17, 2004; 16:30-18:00 (public) after the session "Practical Seismology: Networks, instrumentation and observation".

  • EC 6th framework proposal NERIES2
    Around december 2004 we plan to resubmit a revised proposal "Network of Research Infrastructure for European Seismology (NERIES)" within the last call of the 6th framework Specific Programme "Structuring the European Research Area" [FP6-2002-Infrastructures-1], specifically "Integrating Activities". The coordinators in the previous proposal have been approached with suggestions for a revision following the reviewers comments.

  • Information on preparation of 7th framework programme
    Currently, the EC is preparing the 7th framework programme. ORFEUS and the EMSC maintain information pages on these preparations. (see Announcements pages)

  • Balkan countries proposal to upgrade earthquake monitoring
    The Balkan countries together with the EMSC and ORFEUS have submitted a proposal "Earthquake monitoring in support of disaster preparedness in south-eastern Europe" to the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) "Working Table III" of the Stability Pact for south eastern Europe. Although not yet awarded, an intensive lobbying activity is maintained to raise funding for the project. Coordinator is Rémy Bossu of the EMSC. Currently, some smaller elements in the project are already being realised:
    • The Geophysical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (contact Peter Labak) has successfully applied for a project "Developments of Infrastructure for Rapid Earthquake Data Collection and Exchange (DIRECTE)", a bilateral collaboration between The Sloval Republic and the Yugoslavian Republic.
    • The Croatian Seismological Survey and Geophysical Institute in Zagreb organised with the Stability Pact for SE Europe WT III DPPI organised a Workshop in Valbandon, Croatia 9 - 13 June 2004. The workshop "How to build a virtual seismic network from scratch" treated mainly SeisComP in collaboration with GFZ.

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