Updated @ June 2017

Welcome to "Polar Seismology"

"Seismology" in polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) has a significance to study the static condition and dynamics of the Earth, as viewed from high latitude in a global point of view. This book covers the recent development of seismology in polar regions by several aspects; observations and networks, international collaboration, heterogeneous structure and dynamics of the lithosphere, deep Earth's interiors viewed from high latitude, characteristics of seismicity and seismic waves propagation, global tectonics in terms of Earth's history, as well as the inter-disciplinary studies regarding interaction between multi-spheres.

The most exciting initiative for recent polar studies was the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007-2008. The IPY had witnessed a growing community of seismologists who have made considerable efforts to acquire high-quality data in the regions. It also provided an excellent opportunity to make significant advances in seismic instrumentation of the polar regions to achieve scientific targets involving global issues. For example, lithospheric dynamics in an ice-covered environment; the role of Antarctica as a keystone in super-continent formation; the effect of improved seismic coverage on global models of the Earth’s interior structure, etc.

Taking these aspects into account, recent seismological achievements by the IPY are focused, especially on seismic signals near the surface associated with the cryosphere evolution. Topics on "cryoseismology", such as glacial earthquake activities, are demonstrated in terms of global warming currently undergoing. Moreover, innovative inter-disciplinary studies are demonstrated, together with observational experiments and long-term monitoring under the extreme conditions in the polar environment.

Japanese Antarctic Activities

Seismic monitoring observations (broadband; STS-1 & short-period) at the Japanese Syowa Station (SYO), East Antarctica, with data publication survice

Portable broadband seismic observations (by using type CMG-40T), at several outcrops around the Lutzow-Holm Bay region, East Antarctica (GARNET links)

Deep seismic exploration by the Japanese 'Structure and Evolution of East Antarctic Lithosphere' project on the Mizuho Plateau (SEAL), East Antarctica

     @Syowa Station

Involving International Polar Programs

The Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET)

Exploring the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains during the International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 (AGAP), IPY No. 147

Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains Seismic Experiment (GAMSEIS), as a part of AGAP

Greenland Ice Sheet Monitoring Network(GLISN) Project

     @AGAP. IPY

Global Seismological Data Centers

International Seismological Center (ISC)

National Earthquake Information Center of the United States Geological Survey (NEIC/USGS)

Federation of Digital Broad-Band Seismograph Networks (FDSN)

Data Management System, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS/DMS)

Ocean Hemisphere Project Data Management Center / the Earthquake Research Institute (OHP/ERI), the University of Tokyo

Institute For Research on Earth Evolution / Japan Marine Science and Technology Agency (IFREE/JAMSTEC)

     @Dome-F. IPY

Antarctic Science Communities

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE)

IGCP Project 559 - Crustal Architecture and Images - Structural controls on landscapes, resources and hazards (IGCP-559)

     @AGAP. IPY

Polar Seismology - related directories

'polar seismology' community in Japan

Related workshop reports & science programs (domestic and international)

Temporary data transfer directory (Tmp Data)

Other international program

       @McMurdo, IPY                           



Dr. Masaki Kanao, Associate Professor  

* Polar Environment Data Science Center (PEDSC), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research (DS),  Research Organization of Information and System (ROIS)
** Geoscience Group, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), ROIS

10-3, Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-8518, Japan

E-mail; kanao(at)nipr.ac.jp

Polar Seismology: http://polaris.nipr.ac.jp/~pseis/

Syowa Station: http://polaris.nipr.ac.jp/~pseis/syowa/

Polar Science Database: http://scidbase.nipr.ac.jp/

Masaki Kanao: http://polaris.nipr.ac.jp/~kanao/

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