2023 SSA Session Announcement – Legacy Seismic Data Collections

Dear Colleagues:

Do you have interest in legacy seismic data, hold archives of these data, or use them in your research?

We are pleased to announce, and would like to invite contributions to the following SSA Session:

Legacy Seismic Data Collections: The Present State of and Future Outlook for Data from the Past

Legacy seismic data were recorded from the late 19th century until the end of the analogue recording era in the late 20th century. Many of these records are still extant today in film and/or paper formats and cover a significant part of the history of seismology. With these data, scientific questions necessitating long-running data such as the “great” earthquakes of the 1960s, above-ground nuclear tests, the earthquake cycle and the effect of climate change can be investigated. However, finding storage to retain this analogue data, making inroads into scanning and extracting digital waveforms and facilitating accessibility continue to be challenges. Due to the diversity of collections and the records which they hold (e.g., media types, number of stations, local vs. global scope), exchanging information about the ways in which data are organized, stored and/or scanned is a prime opportunity for the community. In this way, experiences with one collection that are relevant to others can be identified, plans for the future can be better developed and a more accurate picture of data available globally can be put together.

Submissions are due by January 11, 2023 at 5:00pm Pacific Time and can be made here: https://meetings.seismosoc.org/submit/

The SSA Annual meeting will be held from April 17-20, 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thank you for your consideration!


Thomas A. Lee, Harvard University
Adam Ringler, USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory
Allison Bent, Natural Resources Canada
Paul G. Richards, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory