Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics

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Seismological Networks

  • István BondárEmail author
  • Eric Robert Engdahl
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10475-7_16-1


Seismological Networks . Networks of seismographic stations for the recording of ground motions produced by seismic waves propagating from natural and anthropogenic sources.


Seismology has its roots in observations of earthquakes and earthquake-generated ground motion. Seismological networks as envisioned by the pioneers in seismology are now a reality, a reality that is frequently upgraded and expanded as technology improves. A global system of broadband seismographs with high dynamic range is now in place. This is supplemented by many national, regional, and local networks capable of high-resolution monitoring of the frequent smaller earthquakes in seismically active places. Parametric data derived from these networks make a major contribution to national and international information services. Because of page limitations, we can only hope to provide the reader with a glimpse of all there is to know about seismographic networks.

Global Seismic Networks

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The authors thank Baokun Li and Guangbao Du (China Earthquake Networks Center), Tim Ahern (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), Ronan LeBras (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization), Remy Bossu (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre), and James Harris (International Seismological Centre) for providing input to the article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences Geodetic and Geophysical InstituteKövesligethy Radó Seismological ObservatoryBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Center for Imaging the Earth’s Interior, Department of PhysicsUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA