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Seismology, Rotational, Complexity

  • Heiner Igel
  • Moritz Bernauer
  • Joachim Wassermann
  • Karl Ulrich Schreiber
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_608-1

Definition of Subject and Its Importance: Rotational Seismology

… note the utility of measuring rotation …, but as of this writing seismology still awaits a suitable instrument for making such measurements (Aki and Richards 2002)

Most seismological studies are built on the observation of ground translational motions (up–down, N–S, E–W, using seismometers as velocity sensors, accelerometers, or GPS). This concerns the study of the Earth’s interior by seismic tomography; the understanding of earthquake processes, crustal deformation, and the seismic cycle; the quantification of shaking hazard; the analysis of the structural health of buildings; and the seismic exploration for resources. Despite the fact that theoreticians have pointed out for decades that – to fully understand seismic sources and ground motion – the associated rotationalmotions (around three orthogonal axes) should also be observed, this has until recently been impossible due to the limited sensitivity of rotation...


Ground Motion Seismic Source Love Wave Ring Laser Rotation Vector 
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Books and Reviews

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Web Links

  1. IWGoRS (International Working Group on Rotational Seismology). www.rotational-seismology.org
  2. ROMY (Rotational Motions: A New Observable for Seismology, ERC Advanced Project 2013). www.romy-erc.eu

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiner Igel
    • 1
  • Moritz Bernauer
    • 1
  • Joachim Wassermann
    • 1
  • Karl Ulrich Schreiber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesLudwig-Maximilians-UniversityMunichGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität München Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodäsie Fundamentalstation WettzellBad KötztingGermany