Know Your Ocean Science Chats - Listening Closely to “See” into the Earth

Whenever there is an earthquake, seismologists (scientists that study the nature and characters of seismic wave propagation within the planet Earth) try to tune in, and “listen to” the clue. Earthquakes radiate sound waves that travel through the earth’s interior and along its surface, and scientists can evaluate the processes that control the evolution of the earth’s interior by measuring the speed of these waves. The characteristics of an earthquake itself - such as location, magnitude, fault orientation, and fault slip - provides significant clues in understanding tectonic processes at global and regional scales. Data gained in seismology are critical to understanding the fundamental physics of earthquake initiation and rupture and invaluable to assessing and mitigating the impacts from earthquakes. The Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center (OBSIC) here at WHOI is the nation's science operation headquarters to develop and support state-of-art ocean bottom seismometers that enable scientists to detect earthquakes occurring. Come join us and learn more about how scientists have been listening closely to “see” into the Earth through OBSIC's experiments at sea. Presents Masako Tominaga, Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Ocean Science Discovery Center
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 3:00pm
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