ARRAYS in Global Seismology Workshop
Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Organizing Committee: Chuck Ammon, Pablo Ampuero, Colleen Dalton, Keith Koper



Global Seismology continues to advance steadily using well-established global and regional seismographic networks. Valuable and unique observations of earthquake processes will continue to be harvested from these facilities for many years to come, as will additional constraints on the seismic properties of Earth’s interior. However, a transformative advance in seismology will require an ambitious data collection effort that greatly increases the information available to explore earthquake ruptures and Earth’s interior. A large-scale effort to deploy intermediate-term seismic arrays offers an avenue for such an advance. Expanding fundamental seismological observations from ground motion at isolated points on the globe to large-aperture, broadband observations of ground motion, ground-motion gradients (beneath the arrays), and wavefield slowness provides an opportunity to increase the information available to investigate earthquakes and Earth’s interior.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts in global seismology and seismic array analyses to discuss the principles and current state of array seismology and explore the potential for establishing an internationally supported array of broadband seismographic arrays. Through group interaction and breakout discussions targeting key topics attendees will articulate the major scientific motivations for array studies, identify resources available and potential needs, lay the groundwork for international collaborations. A potential goal of the workshop will be to draft a white paper that can be used to drive long-term goals related to an international arrays facility.

Timing and Location

The Arrays workshop begins at noon on Wednesday May 15th, immediately after the EarthScope National Meeting, and runs through Thursday May 16th. We encourage Arrays workshop attendees to attend the EarthScope meeting as well. Early bird registration ($150 through April 5th, closes on May 6th) for the EarthScope meeting covers 2+ days of talks and poster sessions and includes all meals. The EarthScope meeting combines presentations on seismology, geodesy, and a variety of other disciplines and offers many opportunities to interact with other geoscientists. Registration for the Arrays Workshop is now closed.



The workshop will take place at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, which also serves as lodging for the EarthScope National Meeting. The registration deadline for rooms at the group rate is April 19th.



IRIS will provide lunch and dinner on Wednesday, May 15th and breakfast and lunch on Thursday, May 16th. There are funds available to support travel and lodging. Please contact Andy Frassetto by April 12th if you anticipate needing to utilize this financial assistance.

Wednesday, 5/15
12:30 Lunch (Hannover III)

1:00 Introduction and Welcome - Organizing Committee

1:15 Plenary Session One: The Need for Arrays in Global Seismology (25 mins/talks)

Adam Dziewonski - Global Seismic Tomography: Why We Need GSN and Global Array of Arrays
Pablo Ampuero - Open Questions in Earthquake Physics and the Contribution of Array Seismology
Ed Garnero - High Resolution Imaging of Deep Earth Structure and Dynamics Using Large Seismic Arrays
Johannes Schweitzer - Global Broadband Arrays - a View from NORSAR
Frank Krüger - 35 Years of Global Broadband Array Seismology in Germany and Perspectives

3:45 Coffee Break and Setup Posters (Hannover III and outside lobby)

4:15 Plenary Session Two: Facilities, Opportunities, and Challenges (20 mins/talk)

Anya Reading - Transportable Seismic Stations and Arrays in Australia and Antarctica: The Challenge of Southern Hemisphere Coverage
Seiji Tsuboi - Realtime Ocean Bottom Broadband Seismograph Array Deployed by JAMSTEC in Nankai Trough, Japan
Andy Nyblade - Societally-relevant Arrays for Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges in South Africa

5:30 Plenary Session Three: Applications and Results Part 1 (15 mins/talk)

Chuck Langston - Empirical Constraints on Broadband Array Designs
Lingsen Meng - Towards Optimal Design of Seismic Arrays for Back-Projection Imaging
Jim Gaherty - An Array Analysis of Seismic Surface Waves

6:30 Posters and Cash-bar (Hannover III and outside lobby)

7:30 Dinner (Hannover II)


Thursday, 5/16

7:00 Breakfast (Hannover II)

8:00 Plenary Session Four: Applications and Results Part 2 (15 mins/talk) (Hannover III)

Andy Nyblade - Does Antarctica Provide a Unique Environment for Array Seismology?
Steven Gibbons - Rethinking Array Seismology in Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Monitoring
Yuji Yagi - Hybrid Back-Projection: Theory and Future Direction of Seismic Array Analysis
Mike Thorne - Broadband Array Processing of Shear-Wave Data

9:15 Break (outside Lobby)

9:30 Plenary Session Five: Applications and Results Part 3 (15 mins/talk)

Eric Kiser - The March 11, 2011 Tohoku, Japan Aftershock Sequence as Imaged by the Back-projection Method
Greg Wagner - Subspace Based Three-Component Array Processing (codes)
Fan-Chi Lin - Probing the Deep Earth with Seismic Interferometry (other relevant publications)

10:30 Breakout Sessions

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Breakout Sessions

2:30 Break

3:00 Future Directions (Hannover III)

  • Report on breakouts
  • Group discussion
  • Consider a way forward, brainstorm next steps

5:00 Adjourn

The registration period for this workshop closed at Mon, May 06, 2013 - 12:00:00 PM.

The abstract submission period for this workshop closed at .

The whitepaper submission period for this workshop closed at .

The webinar registration period for this workshop closed at .

Last Name First Name Institution
Ahern Tim IRIS-DMC
Aleqabi Ghassan Washington University
Ammon Charles Penn State
Anderson Greg National Science Foundation
Anderson Kent IRIS
Anthony Robert New Mexico Tech
Aster Richard New Mexico Tech
Burk Daniel Michigan State
Busby Bob IRIS
Chai Chengping Penn State
Dalton Colleen Boston University
Dziewonski Adam Harvard University
Estabrook Chuck National Science Foundation
Foster Katie University of Wyoming
Franke Mathias Kinemetrics
Frassetto Andy IRIS
Gaherty James Lamont Doherty
Gallegos Andrea New Mexico State
Garnero Ed Arizona State
Gerstoft Peter UC-San Diego
Gibbons Steven NORSAR
Gorbatov Alexei Geoscience Australia
Gridley James IRIS-PASSCAL
Hansen Steven University of Colorado
Hayward Chris Southern Methodist
Hirshorn Barry NOAA
Hollis Dan Nodal Seismic
Jin Ge Lamont Doherty
Kiser Eric Rice
Koper Keith University of Utah
Kruger Frank University of Potsdam
Langston Charles Memphis-CERI
Lekic Vedran University of Maryland
Li Zefeng Georgia Tech
Lin Fan-Chi Caltech
Lin PeiYing Lamont Doherty
McCormack David Natural Resources Canada
Meltzer Anne Lehigh University
Meng Lingsen UC-Berkeley
Ni James New Mexico State
Nyblade Andrew Penn State
Paul Ampuero Jean Caltech
Peng Zhigang Georgia Tech
Poppeliers Christian Georgia Regents University
Pratt Martin Washington University
Reading Anya University of Tasmania
Schmandt Brandon University of New Mexico
Schweitzer Johannes NORSAR
Simpson David IRIS
Stachnik Josh Lehigh University
Sun Wei-Fang Georgia Tech
Thorne Michael University of Utah
Tsai Victor Caltech
Tsuboi Seiji JAMSTEC
van der Lee Suzan Northwestern University
Vernon Frank UC-San Diego
Wagner Gregory AFTAC
Wei Shengji Caltech
Willemann Ray IRIS
Woodward Bob IRIS
Yuji Yagi University of Tsukuba

The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at .

Important Dates
  • Registration:
    May 1st – 6th
  • Workshop Location