Colorado School of Mines geophysics students enrolled in Assistant Professor Ebru Bozdag’s Earthquake Seismology class have a literal ear to the ground for the next two weeks.
With help from Kyren Bogolub, a graduate student at the University of Colorado and seismologist with the Colorado Geological Survey, and Lauren Broes, a geologist with the Colorado Geological Survey, students installed a broadband seismometer behind the GRL Annex building on campus as a temporary seismic station.
In addition to monitoring and listening to ambient noise including the local construction work, the class hopes to record local and distant earthquakes from around the globe. Over the next two weeks, the class will analyze the data, characterize recorded signals and report observations.
The instrument was borrowed from Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), a consortium of more than 120 U.S. universities responsible for acquisition, management and distribution of data from around the globe freely.
The group is planning to collaborate with the Colorado Geological Survey to deploy a permanent station close to the Mines campus, but in a quieter area to increase the quality of earthquake and other environmental signals such as landslides, recording continuous seismic data that would be open-access through IRIS and available for students and researchers.