Advances in Infrasonic Remote Sensing Methods

  • Jelle AssinkEmail author
  • Pieter Smets
  • Omar Marcillo
  • Cornelis Weemstra
  • Jean-Marie Lalande
  • Roger Waxler
  • Läslo Evers


Infrasound recordings can be used as input to inversion procedures to delineate the vertical structure of temperature and wind in a range of altitudes where ground-based or satellite measurements are rare and where fine-scale atmospheric structures are not resolved by the current atmospheric specifications. As infrasound is measured worldwide, this allows for a remote sensing technique that can be applied globally. This chapter provides an overview of recently developed infrasonic remote sensing methods. The methods range from linearized inversions to direct search methods as well as interferometric techniques for atmospheric infrasound. The evaluation of numerical weather prediction (NWP) products shows the added value of infrasound, e.g., during sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) and equinox periods. The potential transition toward assimilation of infrasound in numerical weather prediction models is discussed.


Tomography Inversion Remote sensing Interferometry Evaluation Data assimilation Numerical weather prediction SSW Mesosphere and lower thermosphere 



This work was partly performed during the course of the ARISE design study project: part one (2012–2014) funded by European Union FP7 program (grant number 284387) and part two (2015–2017) funded by the European Commission H2020 program (grant number 653980). L.E.’s contribution is funded through a VIDI project from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), project number 864.14.005. The authors thank the CTBTO and station operators for the high quality of IMS data and products and would like to acknowledge the Acoustic Surveillance for Hazardous Eruptions (ASHE) project (Garcés et al. 2007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jelle Assink
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pieter Smets
    • 1
    • 2
  • Omar Marcillo
    • 3
  • Cornelis Weemstra
    • 2
  • Jean-Marie Lalande
    • 4
  • Roger Waxler
    • 5
  • Läslo Evers
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Seismology and Acoustics, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)De BiltThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Department of Geoscience and EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.EES-17, Geophysics Group Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUnited States
  4. 4.IMS (Univ. Bordeaux – CNRS – BINP)Talence CedexFrance
  5. 5.National Center for Physical AcousticsUniversity of Mississippi UniversityOxfordUSA

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