Frequency-dependent horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratios (HVSR) of Fourier amplitudes from three-component recordings can provide information on one or more site resonant frequencies and relative levels of amplification at those frequencies. Such information is potentially useful for predicting site amplification but is not present in site databases that have been developed over the last 15–20 years for the Next-Generation Attenuation (NGA) projects, which instead use the time-averaged shear-wave velocity (VS) in the upper 30 m of the site (VS30) as the primary site parameter and are supplemented with basin depth terms where available. As a consequence, HVSR parameters are also not used in NGA ground motion models.
In order for HVSR-based parameters to be used in future versions of site databases, a publicly accessible repository of this information is needed. We adapt a relational database developed to archive and disseminate VS data to also include HVSR. The database provides relevant microtremor-based HVSR data (mHVSR) and supporting metadata. We consider the most relevant data to be the frequency-dependent mHVSR, where the horizontal is taken as the median component and also as a function of horizontal azimuth (referred to as polar plots). Relevant metadata includes site location information, details about the equipment used to make the measurements, and processing details related to windowing, anti-trigger routines, and filtering. We describe the database schema developed to organize and present this information.
|Publication Subtype||State or Local Government Series|
|Title||Horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratios from California sites: Open-source database and data interpretation to establish site parameters|
|Publisher||California Geological Survey|
|Contributing office(s)||Earthquake Science Center|
|Description||xi, 64 p.|
|Larger Work Type||Report|
|Larger Work Subtype||State or Local Government Series|
|Larger Work Title||GIRS 2021-06|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|