Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 172, Issue 2, pp 295–308 | Cite as

A New Seismic Data Set on the Depth of the Moho in the Alps

  • Irene Bianchi
  • Michael Behm
  • Eva Maria Rumpfhuber
  • Götz Bokelmann


We present the results from receiver function analysis applied to a comprehensive data set in the Eastern Alps. Teleseismic events were recorded at 70 stations with an average deployment of 1 year. The investigated area includes the eastern part of the Eastern Alps and their transition to the Bohemian Massif, the Pannonian domain, and the Southern Alps. The crustal structure at each station is examined with the Zhu-Kanamori (ZK) method, which yields well-resolved interface depths in laterally homogeneous media with limited layering. The application of the ZK technique is challenged because of the complex tectonic setting; therefore, we include additional constraints from recent active-source seismic studies. In particular, the well-known crustal P-wave velocity and, where available, the V p/V s ratio are kept fixed, thus reducing the ambiguity in determining Moho depths. Individual depth values vary strongly between adjacent stations, showing that the employment of the ZK technique in tectonically complex settings is limited. We therefore avoid interpreting the results in detail, but rather compare them to existing crustal models of the Eastern Alps. We regard this receiver function study in the easternmost part of the Alps as a documentation of a data set that has potential to be exploited in the future.


Eastern Alps Moho receiver functions crustal structure ZK technique 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Bianchi
    • 1
  • Michael Behm
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eva Maria Rumpfhuber
    • 3
  • Götz Bokelmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Meteorology and GeophysicsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of GeophysicsColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA
  3. 3.ExxonMobil Exploration CompanyHoustonUSA

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