The Albuquerque Seismological Lab WWSSN film chip preservation project

Seismological Research Letters
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From 1961 to 1996, the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (ASL) installed and operated the World‐Wide Standardized Seismograph Network (WWSSN). Each station within the network consisted of three Benioff short‐period sensors and three Sprengnether Press‐Ewing long‐period sensors along with recording, timing, and calibration equipment. Approximately 3.7 million single‐day record film chips were created from station records (paper seismograms) covering the period from 1962 to 1978. Two almost complete copies of these film chips are still known to exist at the ASL and at the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) as well as a couple of partial sets in other locations. To better preserve the data on these film chips, a project to scan the film chips and to make these scans available through the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) was started by W. H. K. Lee. The initial focus was on scanning film chips from a collection of specific earthquakes and nuclear events as well as complete scans of a number of reference stations. However, additional scans containing seismograms useful for climate studies were also completed. As part of this report, we cataloged all of the scanned WWSSN film chips with the hope that it serves as useful documentation as to what film chips have been scanned and of the location of the scans themselves at the IRIS‐Data Management Center (DMC) archive page (see Data and Resources).

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The Albuquerque Seismological Lab WWSSN film chip preservation project
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/0220180275
Volume 90
Issue 1
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher Seismological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 401
Last page 408
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