Instrumentation in Earthquake Seismology

by Jens Havskov, Gerardo Alguacil

Series: Modern Approaches in Geophysics (No. 22)


This work offers a unique coverage of modern seismic instrumentation. It provides not only detailed information on the basic understanding of seismic instruments but it also includes an overview of current equipment on the market.

Furthermore, the following topics are included:
- installing seismic stations, networks, and arrays
- working with portable instruments
- calibrating instruments
- dealing with response information
- and teaching about seismic instruments.

This book is primarily intended for seismologists and technicians working with seismological instruments. The aim is that it should be used as a practical tool with only the amount of theory needed to understand the basic principles, and the answers to most practical problems should be found here.

This book is written in such a way that it is understandable for a broad range of professionals working with seismological instruments and seismic data, whether students, engineers, or seismologists. Both practical and theoretical topics are covered, with the main emphasis on practical aspects. The book is based on the authors' (seismologist and physicist) experience working in this field for more than 25 years.

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  • Springer Netherlands; February 2010
  • ISBN: 9781402029691
  • Read online, or download in DRM-free PDF (digitally watermarked) format
  • Title: Instrumentation in Earthquake Seismology
  • Series: Modern Approaches in Geophysics (No. 22)
  • Author: Jens Havskov; Gerardo Alguacil
  • Imprint: Springer

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From the reviews:

“Authors have managed remarkably well, creating an excellent textbook on seismological instrumentation. … The book is directed to anyone working in earthquake seismology … . The book also may be useful to hardware servicemen and hardware designers … valuable for outlining the basic principles and most common instrumentation properties and constitutes a ready reference source. … the book will retain its value for many years and should find its place on a shelf at every institution that maintains a modern seismic station, array or network.” (Pawel Wiejacz, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 166, 2009)