The Swath-D Seismic Network in Italy and Austria


The SWATH-D experiment is dense deployment of 154 seismic stations in the Central and Eastern Alps between Italy and Austria, complementing the larger-scale sparser AlpArray Seismic Network (AASN). SWATH-D will provide high resolution images from the surface into the upper mantle, and allow observations of local seismicity. SWATH-D focuses on a key area of the Alps where the hypothesized flip in subduction polarity has been suggested, and where an earlier seismic profile (TRANSALP) has imaged a jump in the Moho. Where mains power is available (at ca. 80 sites) stations are providing realtime data via the cellphone network and are equipped with Güralp CMG-3EPSC (60s) seismometers and Earth Data Recorders EDR-210. The rest of the stations are offline and consist mainly of Nanometrics Trillium Compact (120s) and Güralp CMG-3EPSC (60s) seismometers equipped with either Omnirecs CUBE3 or PR6-24 Earth Data Loggers. All stations are equipped with external GPS antennas and the sampling rate is 100 Hz (Heit, et al., 2018). The network will operate for 2 years starting in July 2017. The Swath-D data will be used directly by 20 individual proposals of the MB-4D Priority Program (Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions, 2017) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and data products derived from it will contribute to additional 13 proposals. SWATH-D is thus an important link between the MB-4D Priority Program and the international AlpArray communities and a scientific service to many of the proposals within the DFG Priority Program. Waveform data are available from the GEOFON data centre, under network code ZS, and are embargoed until August 2023. After the end of embargo, data will be openly available under CC-BY 4.0 license according to GIPP-rules.

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Creator Heit, B.; Weber, M.; Tilmann, F.; Haberland, C.; Jia, Y.; Carraro, C.; Walcher, G.; Franceschini, A.; Pesaresi, D
Publisher GFZ Data Services
Contributor Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ; GEOFON Data Centre; geofon(at); Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP); Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), Austria; Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Italy; Uff. Studi Sismici e Geotecnici Trento, Italy; Amt für Geologie und Baustoffprüfung Südtirol and Civil Protection Südtirol, Italy; Pilz, Peter; Cattania, Camilla; Maccaferri, Francesco; Strollo, Angelo; Asch, Günter; Wigger, Peter; Mechie, James; Otto, Karl; Ritter, Patricia; Al-Halbouni, Djamil; Mauerberger, Alexandra; Siebert, Ariane; Grabow, Leonard; Hemmleb, Susanne; Yuan, Xiaohui; Zieke, Thomas; Haxter, Martin; Jaeckel, Karl-Heinz; Sens-Schönfelder, Christoph; Cristiano, Luigia; Weber, Michael; Kuhn, Ludwig; Dorgerloh, Florian; Mauerberger, Stefan; Seidemann, Jan; Jia, Yan; Horn, Nikolaus; Hausmann, Helmut; Weginger, Stefan; Vogelmann, Anton; Carraro, Claudio; Morelli, Corrado; Walcher, Günther; Pernter, Martin; Rauch, Markus; Pesaresi, Damiano; Duri, Giorgio; Bertoni, Michele; Fabris, Paolo; Franceschini, Andrea; Zambotto, Mauro; Froner, Luca; Garbin, Marco
Publication Year 2017
Funding Reference Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ; German Research Foundation (DFG)
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Contact geofon(at)
Language English
Resource Type Seismic Network
Format SEED data
Size ~1T
Discipline Seismology
Spatial Coverage (45.000W, 10.000S, 48.000E, 15.000N); Alps