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[SSS08-03] Detailed inversion of a shallow slow slip event at the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand, using numerical Green’s functions and absolute pressure gauge data
Keywords:Slow slip, Hikurangi, Inversion, Numerical Green's functions, Absolute pressure gauge, Finite element
Recently, absolute pressure gauges (APGs) were deployed offshore near Gisborne, New Zealand, as part of the HOBITSS experiment, capturing a SSE event during September and October 2014. The APGs provide a record of vertical deformation during the event, allowing much better constraints on the offshore slip distribution. Initial inversions using an elastic half-space model based on these observations indicate that slip occurred within 2 km of the trench. We here describe a more detailed inversion procedure where we include the effects of detailed fault geometry, bathymetry/topography, and material property variations to provide a more accurate estimate of the slip distribution during this event. We use the PyLith finite element code to generate Green’s functions for use in our inversions. We find that inversions that take into account material property variations require larger amounts of slip, with predicted seismic potencies approximately 40% greater than homogeneous models.