09 Mar 2022
09 Mar 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GI.

A self-sufficient mobile broadband seismological recording system for year-round operation in Antarctica

Alfons Eckstaller1, Jölund Asseng1, Erich Lippmann2, and Steven Franke1,3 Alfons Eckstaller et al.
  • 1Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 2Lippmann Geophysical Instruments (LGM), Schaufling, Germany
  • 3Physics of Ice Climate and Earth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract. Passive seismic measurements allow the study of the deeper earth beneath the thick Antarctic ice-sheet cover. Due to logistical and weather constraints, only a fraction of the area of the Antarctic ice sheet can be surveyed with long-term or temporary sensors. A fundamental limitation is the power supply and operation of the instruments during the polar winter. In addition, there is only a limited time window during the field seasons to deploy the stations over the year. Here we present a rapidly and simple deployable self-sufficient mobile seismic station concept. The station consists of different energy supply modules aligned according to the survey needs, measuring duration and survey aim. Parts of the concept are integrated into an already existing pool of mobile stations as well as in the seismological network of the geophysical observatory at Neumayer III Station. Other concepts and features are still under development. The overall goal is to use these temporary mobile arrays in regions where little is known about local and regional tectonic earthquake activity.

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  • RC1: 'Comment on gi-2022-4', Alex Brisbourne, 08 Apr 2022
    • EC2: 'Reply on RC1', David Barclay, 23 Apr 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on gi-2022-4', Fabian Walter, 22 Apr 2022
    • EC1: 'Reply on RC2', David Barclay, 23 Apr 2022
  • RC3: 'Comment on gi-2022-4', Anonymous Referee #3, 27 Apr 2022
    • EC3: 'Reply on RC3', David Barclay, 27 Apr 2022

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Short summary
We present a mobile and self-sufficient seismometer station concept for operation in polar regions. The energy supply can be adapted as required using the modular cascading of battery boxes, wind generators, solar cells or backup batteries, which enables optimum use of limited resources. Our system concept is not specifically limited to the application to seismology stations. It is a suitable system managing the power supply for all types of self-sufficient measuring systems in polar regions.