Space Science Reviews

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The Marsquake Service: Securing Daily Analysis of SEIS Data and Building the Martian Seismicity Catalogue for InSight

  • J. ClintonEmail author
  • D. Giardini
  • M. Böse
  • S. Ceylan
  • M. van Driel
  • F. Euchner
  • R. F. Garcia
  • S. Kedar
  • A. Khan
  • S. C. Stähler
  • B. Banerdt
  • P. Lognonne
  • E. Beucler
  • I. Daubar
  • M. Drilleau
  • M. Golombek
  • T. Kawamura
  • M. Knapmeyer
  • B. Knapmeyer-Endrun
  • D. Mimoun
  • A. Mocquet
  • M. Panning
  • C. Perrin
  • N. A. Teanby
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. The InSight Mission to Mars II


The InSight mission expects to operate a geophysical observatory on Mars for at least two Earth years from late 2018. InSight includes a seismometer package, SEIS. The Marsquake Service (MQS) is created to provide a first manual review of the seismic data returned from Mars. The MQS will detect, locate, quantify and classify seismic events, whether tectonic or impact in origin. A suite of new and adapted methodologies have been developed to allow location and quantification of seismic events at the global scale using a single station, and a software framework has been developed that supports these methods. This paper describes the expected signals that will be recorded by SEIS, the methods used for their identification and interpretation, and reviews the planned MQS operational procedures. For each seismic event, the MQS will locate events using all available body and surface phases, using the best estimates of the Martian structure, which will become more accurate as more Martian marsquakes are identified and located. The MQS will curate the Mars seismicity catalogue, with all events being relocated to use revised suites of structure models as they are introduced.


InSight SEIS Marsquakes Martian seismicity Impacts Seismicity catalogue 



The authors would like to thank the editor and two reviewers who provided careful and critical reviews that substantially improved the manuscript. This work was jointly funded by (1) Swiss National Science Foundation and French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (SNF-ANR project 157133 “Seismology on Mars”) and (2) Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SEFRI project “MarsQuake Service—Preparatory Phase”). Additional support came from the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) under project ID s682. Some of the research described in this article was supported by the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We also thank A.-C. Plesa and V. Tsai for discussions on Mars seismicity and comments on an earlier draft. This article is InSight Contribution Number 57.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Clinton
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Giardini
    • 2
  • M. Böse
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Ceylan
    • 2
  • M. van Driel
    • 2
  • F. Euchner
    • 2
  • R. F. Garcia
    • 3
  • S. Kedar
    • 4
  • A. Khan
    • 2
  • S. C. Stähler
    • 2
  • B. Banerdt
    • 4
  • P. Lognonne
    • 5
  • E. Beucler
    • 6
  • I. Daubar
    • 4
  • M. Drilleau
    • 5
  • M. Golombek
    • 4
  • T. Kawamura
    • 5
  • M. Knapmeyer
    • 7
  • B. Knapmeyer-Endrun
    • 8
  • D. Mimoun
    • 3
  • A. Mocquet
    • 6
  • M. Panning
    • 4
  • C. Perrin
    • 5
  • N. A. Teanby
    • 9
  1. 1.Swiss Seismological ServiceETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of GeophysicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.ISAE-SUPAEROToulouse UniversityToulouseFrance
  4. 4.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  5. 5.Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris VII–Denis Diderot UniversityCNRSParisFrance
  6. 6.Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, University of NantesCNRS UMR 6112NantesFrance
  7. 7.DLR Institute of Planetary ResearchBerlinGermany
  8. 8.Seismological Observatory BensbergUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  9. 9.School of Earth SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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