[SCG71-P18] Estimating bottom current velocities from ocean-bottom-seismometer records
Keywords:Ocean bottom seismology, Benthic zone, Currents
Ocean-bottom-seismometers (OBS) are long-term installations of seismic sensors on the sea floor, which typically last for months and which have covered various parts of the global oceans in the last decades. The German OBS type LOBSTER has a peculiar design choice in the form of a ten-meter long head buoy cable that is very susceptible to current strumming. While this signal may be a nuisance for seismological observations, it does contain information: We present a method to estimate the current velocity in the lowermost ten meters from the noise created by that cable and compare noise-estimated current velocities with measurements of a colocated acoustic profiler.
Since this seismometer type has been widely used in different settings and depths worldwide in the last decade, this data may be a valuable and completely novel observable for physical oceanography and biology.