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Ambient noise levels in Gujarat State (India) seismic network

Kumar, S and Chopra, S and Choudhury, P and Singh, AP and Yadav, RBS and Rastogi, BK (2012) Ambient noise levels in Gujarat State (India) seismic network. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 3 (4). pp. 342-354.

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The Gujarat state seismic network (GSNet), comprising of 50 broadband seismograph (BBS) stations and 40 strong motion accelerographs (SMAs), has been operated and maintained by the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) since 2006. Nineteen permanent BBS stations are connected through VSAT and the rest are kept in an offline mode. The local geology beneath seismic stations varies from Mesozoic to Quaternary formations. The seismic background noise (SBN) at these stations was calculated and found that it varies widely as a function of period, time and geographic location. We have studied the SBN variation along these three parameters for 14 online BBS stations of the GSNet. It was found that the stations located on the Deccan trap and Mesozoic formations are good sites with low SBN while stations on Quaternary, Tertiary and soft soil are noisy. The comparison between day and night noise spectra shows that SBN increases during the daytime at most of the stations. Three typical noisy peaks at three different periods were recorded at all of the stations, which is a global phenomenon. The results of this study will be helpful in selecting sites for future earthquake observations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor & Francis
Subjects: Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
Depositing User: INCOIS Library
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 06:40
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 06:40

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