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[SCG67-08] Compact long-term broadband ocean bottom seismometer for slow earthquakes observation
Keywords:Compact broadband ocean bottom seismometer, Slow earthquakes, Levelling system for seismic sensor
We adopted seismic sensor with natural period of 20 seconds (Trillium Compact Broadband Seismometer, Nanometrics). Because tilt of OBS on seafloor can not be controlled due to free-fall, leveling system for seismic sensor is necessary (Figure). The broadband seismic senor has cylinder shape with diameter of 90 mm and height of 100 mm, and the developed levelling system can mount the seismic sensor with no modification of shape. The levelling system has diameter of 160 mm and height of 110 mm, which is the same size as existing levelling system of the LT-OBS. The levelling system has two horizontal axes and each axis is driven by motor. Leveling can be performed up to 20 degrees by using micro-processor (Arduino). Resolution of levelling is less than one degree. The system immediately starts leveling by the power-on of controller. After levelling, the the seismic senor is powered and the controller records angles of levelling to SD RAM. Then the controller is shut down to consume no power.
Compact long-term broadband ocean bottom seismometer is useful for observation of slow earthquakes on seafloor. In addition, seafloor observations of teleseismic events and deep earthquakes to estimate seismic structure of deep regions and observations of submarine volcanoes are expected.
Figure. Installation of developed levelling system of seismometer to a pressure vessel.