New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting — Abstracts

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An Overview of the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory and Recent Advances in Seismic Instrumentation

Robert E Anthony1, Adam T Ringler2 and David C Wilson2

1U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, Target Road 10002 Isleta SE, Kirtland AFB, NM, 87117, United States, reanthony@usgs.gov
2U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, Target Road 10002 Isleta SE, Albuqueruqe, NM, 87117

The Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (ASL) was established in 1961 in one of the seismically quietest regions in the country in order to test seismometers for what is now the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In the subsequent decades, that mission has expanded to include the operation and management of the Global Seismographic Network, the Advanced National Seismic System, and numerous regional and aftershock networks. Data from these networks are utilized by the USGS to rapidly characterize earthquakes both within the United States and across the globe. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of ASL and present some of our work quantifying the performance of recently developed seismic instrumentation. We will present results on sensors which enable unique observations of ground motion such as rotational seismometers developed by Applied Technology Associates in Albuquerque, as well as new low-cost instruments such as the Fairfield Nodal Z-land sensors and Raspberry Shake seismographs.


2019 New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting
April 12, 2019, Macey Center, New Mexico Tech campus, Socorro, NM