EGU General Assembly 2021
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Visualizing the Seismic Wavefield with AlpArray

On Ki Angel Ling1, Simon Stähler1, Domenico Giardini1, and the AlpArray Working Group2
On Ki Angel Ling et al.
  • 1ETH Zürich, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland (

The AlpArray Seismic Network (AASN) is a large-scale multidisciplinary seismic network in Europe that consists of over 600 3-component (3C) broadband stations with mean inter-station distance of 30-40km. This dense array allows the recording of the seismic wave propagation of distant earthquakes at a resolution of typical body and surface waves.

By animating the spatially-dense seismic recordings of the AASN, we can visualize seismic waves propagating across the European Alps as a function of space and time. Our 3C ground motion animations illustrate the full spatial-temporal evolution of global body and surface waves and demonstrates how a dense array allows the transformation from translation measurements at single stations to spatial gradients of the wavefield at the surface, capturing both small- and large-scale wave propagation phenomena. The addition of travel-time estimation, ray path illustration, and array-specific information such as slowness vector of incoming waves facilitate identification of seismic phases and their arrival-angle deviations. We will highlight some interesting observations of different seismic wave types in the animations of a few example teleseismic events during the course of the AASN between 2016-2019. Application for future research and education will also be discussed.

How to cite: Ling, O. K. A., Stähler, S., Giardini, D., and Group, T. A. W.: Visualizing the Seismic Wavefield with AlpArray, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-859,, 2021.

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