Journal of Seismology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 329–340 | Cite as

Wavelet-based coherence measures of global seismic noise properties

  • A. A. Lyubushin
Original Article


The coherent behavior of four parameters characterizing the global field of low-frequency (periods from 2 to 500 min) seismic noise is studied. These parameters include generalized Hurst exponent, multifractal singularity spectrum support width, the normalized entropy of variance, and kurtosis. The analysis is based on the data from 229 broadband stations of GSN, GEOSCOPE, and GEOFON networks for a 17-year period from the beginning of 1997 to the end of 2013. The entire set of stations is subdivided into eight groups, which, taken together, provide full coverage of the Earth. The daily median values of the studied noise parameters are calculated in each group. This procedure yields four 8-dimensional time series with a time step of 1 day with a length of 6209 samples in each scalar component. For each of the four 8-dimensional time series, a multiple correlation measure is estimated, which is based on computing robust canonical correlations for the Haar wavelet coefficients at the first detail level within a moving time window of the length 365 days. These correlation measures for each noise property demonstrate essential increasing starting from 2007 to 2008 which was continued till the end of 2013. Taking into account a well-known phenomenon of noise correlation increasing before catastrophes, this increasing of seismic noise synchronization is interpreted as indicators of the strongest (magnitudes not less than 8.5) earthquakes activation which is observed starting from the Sumatra mega-earthquake of 26 Dec 2004. This synchronization continues growing up to the end of the studied period (2013), which can be interpreted as a probable precursor of the further increase in the intensity of the strongest earthquakes all over the world.


Global low-frequency seismic noise Synchronization Multifractals Normalized entropy of variance Kurtosis Wavelet-based robust canonical correlations Global seismic activity 



The work was financially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 12-05-00146) and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (in accordance with the requirements of the contract No. 14.577.21.0109)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, MoscowMoscowRussia

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