Ambient Noise and Teleseismic Signals Recorded by Ocean-Bottom Seismometers Offshore Eastern Taiwan

  • Author(s): Ching-Ren Lin, Ban-Yuan Kuo, Wen-Tzong Liang, Wu-Cheng Chi, Yu-Chih Huang, John Collins, and Chien-Ying Wang
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  • Keywords: OBS, Noise level, Detection threshold



Broadband records from ocean-bottom seismometers deployed in the Okinawa trough and the Huatung basin were analyzed to provide seafloor noise characteristics and the detection thresholds for teleseismic body and surface waves. Ambient noise levels on the horizontal components are 10 - 40 dB higher than on the vertical component, with the sensor seated on the surface of the sediment. On the vertical components, infragravity waves are 10 - 30 dB more energetic at the shallower Okinawa trough sites (≤ 2000 m depth) than at the deeper Huatung basin site (~4700 m). From 0.03 to 0.2 Hz, the Huatung basin noise levels are comparable to that of the broadband stations in Taiwan on a quiet day. The microseism peaks (~0.2 - 0.5 Hz) of OBSs reach or exceed the high noise model of continental stations. At regional distances Mw 6.5 is required for recording prominent Rayleigh waves if the source radiation is unfavorable, but 6.2 is sufficient for a favorable focal mecha¬nism. Several tens to over one hundred high-fidelity P, Pdiff and PKP waveforms have been recorded per year by OBSs at high corner frequency of 0.1 Hz with a minimum Mw 5.3 - 6.0. The number of recording drops to less than 5 per year at 1 Hz with Mw ≥ 6.4 and distances less than 90¢X.

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