THE NORTHERN IRAQ SEISMOLOGICAL NETWORK EXPERIMENT 2004-2007
• Experiment Name: North Iraq Network
• PI: Hafidh A. A. Ghalib
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Institution: Multimax, Inc.
• Start_Date: 9/1/2004
• End_Date: 8/31/2007
• Lat: 36.5
• Long: 44.5
• Broadband: 10
• Descr: Multimax, Inc., Washington University in Saint Louis, the University of Baghdad, and Iraq Meteorological Organization/Seismology Department plan to jointly deploy and operate up to ten, three component portable broadband seismic stations, in northern and northeastern Iraq for a period of approximately 36 months. The effort exploits an unprecedented opportunity to conduct a field experiment inside Iraq to collect and analyze previously unattainable ground-truth data, review historical seismograms recorded by nearby stations of Iraq Seismological Network, and study the seismological and seismotectonic characteristics of the region. The focus of this investigation is to estimate the seismic velocity and attenuation structures, and to understand the propagation of regional phases throughout this tectonically active zone of the relatively young Zagros orogenic belt. Due to its proximity to areas of interest in the Middle East, this region has been and will continue to be, of v! ital interest to the seismological community. It is also selected due to its frequent seismic activity, and to its secure environment relative to other parts of the country in the aftermath of operation Iraqi Freedom. The seismological instruments for the project will be borrowed from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Program for the Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere. All aspects of the project and field deployment will be managed by Multimax. Following a brief period of on the job training on the installed hardware and software, operation of the stations will be the responsibility of the Iraqi seismologists and technicians [/size]
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology is a university research consortium dedicated to exploring the Earth's interior through the collection and distribution of seismographic data.
IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and the verification of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Support for IRIS comes from the National Science Foundation, other federal agencies, universities, and private foundations.
PASSCAL Instruments and support are available to the academic research community according to the rules and policies set by the IRIS Executive Committee. All data from PASSCAL supported experiments are made available through the IRIS DMC in Seattle, Washington.
Over the last several years the PASSCAL program has received significant support from the Department of Energy. Congress has appropriated the funds through DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration Nonproliferation and Verification research and development account. This money has allowed for the purchase of a new 25 element telemetered broadband array and the start of the replacement of the original PASSCAL dataloggers. During the last few years PASSCAL has significantly increased the support of DOE experiments.
PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech
The PASSCAL Instrument Center is located on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro New Mexico. We are a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored facility whose purpose is to provide state-of-the art equipment to do field research in seismology. The facility is comprised of full-time staff, part-time student workers and interns. The support we provide is in the form of seismic instrumentation, maintenance of equipment, software, data archiving, training and logistical field support for experiments.
Anyone can request to use PASSCAL equipment on a research experiment where the data will be freely available according to the Data Delivery Policy, which essentially states that the data will be available through the IRIS DMC two years after the completion of field work. Instruments can be requested online using the PASSCAL Instrument Request Forms.
Over the last several years the PASSCAL program has received significant support from the Department of Energy (DOE). Congress has appropriated the funds through DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration Nonproliferation and Verification research and development account. This has allowed for the purchase of a new 25 element telemetered broadband array and the replacement of the original PASSCAL dataloggers. During the last few years PASSCAL has significantly increased the support of DOE experiments.
PASSCAL is one of two major instrumentation programs of IRIS (the other being the Global Seismic Network or GSN). PASSCAL operates a pool of over 1000 portable seismic instruments to record active source reflection data, active source refraction data or natural source recordings of earthquakes. The instrumentation is supported by an instrument center at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico.[/color]