The Central and Eastern U.S. Seismic Network: Legacy of USArray

Monday, 15 December 2014
Luciana Astiz1, Harley Benz2, Robert W Busby3, Jennifer A Eakins4, Katrin Hafner3, Juan C Reyes1, Gillian Sharer5, Frank Vernon1 and Robert Woodward6, (1)University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States, (2)USGS National Earthquake Information Center Golden, Golden, CO, United States, (3)IRIS, Washington, DC, United States, (4)Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, (5)IRIS Data Management Center, Seattle, WA, United States, (6)IRIS Consortium, Washington, DC, United States
As the USArray Transportable Array entered the central and eastern United States, several Federal agencies (National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Energy) recognized the unique opportunity to retain TA stations beyond the original timeline. The mission of the CEUSN is to produce data that enables researchers and Federal agencies alike to better understand the basic geologic questions, background earthquake rates and distribution, seismic hazard potential, and associated societal risks of this region. The selected long-term sub-array from Transportable Array (TA) stations includes nearly 200 sites, complemented by 100 broadband stations from the existing regional seismic networks to form the Central and Eastern United States Network (CEUSN). Multiple criteria for site selection were weighed by an inter-agency TA Station Selection (TASS) Working Group: seismic noise characteristics, data availability in real time, proximity to nuclear power plants, and homogeneous distribution throughout the region. The Array Network Facility (ANF) started collecting data for CEUSN network stations since late 2013, with all stations collected since May 2014. Regional seismic data streams are collected in real-time from the IRIS Data Management Center (DMC). TA stations selected to be part of CEUSN, retain the broadband sensor to which a 100 sps channel is added, the infrasound and environmental channels, and, at some stations, accelerometers are deployed. The upgraded sites become part of the N4 network for which ANF provides metadata and can issue remote commands to the station equipment. Stations still operated by TA, but planned for CEUSN, are included in the virtual network so all stations are currently available now. By the end of 2015, the remaining TA stations will be upgraded. Data quality control procedures developed for TA stations at ANF and at the DMC are currently performed on N4 data. However, teleseismic and regional events are only picked a few times a month to fulfill data quality checks on the data. The assembled CEUSN data sets can be requested from the DMC with the _CEUSN virtual network code.

Acknowledgments to Seismic Regional Network Operators: C. Ammon, J. Ebel, D. Doser, R. Hermann, A. Holland, W-Y. Kim, C. Langston, T. Owens, and M. Withers.