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Seismographic Networks: Problems and Outlook for the 1980s: Report

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Seismographic Networks

Problems and Outlook for the 1980s: Report(1983)



Seismographic networks provide data essential to programs such as the mitigation of earthquake hazards, the definition of geological structure on the margins and within tectonic plates, the safe siting of dams, power plates, and other critical facilities, and the investigation of dynamic processes of the earth. Operating a typical seismographic network is not overly expensive, but it does require dedication of time and talent by seismologists who run the stations. In many cases the major rewards are in providing data to help solve problems of national and global significance.

In response to the large number of questions on seismographic networks brought in recent months to the Committee on Seismology, a workshop was convened to review the status and associated problems of and the outlook for seismographic networks. Seismographic Networks: Problems and Outlook for the 1980s : Report is the summary of that workshop. This report examines global, regional, and national networks collectively as an integrated system and also as entities with specific problems. The report discusses each component of the system in terms of rationale and problems, giving recommendations for solutions. Seismographic Networks considers how to keep U.S. supported seismographic networks in the best operating condition, to provide networks with the latest technology, and to improve constantly the management and data bases of the networks in order to assure a viable observational capability for the future.


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National Research Council. 1983. Seismographic Networks: Problems and Outlook for the 1980s: Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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