February 2019 Volume 8 Issue 1
SPECFEM: Probing Mars interior with 3D seismic wave simulations
InSight launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast of California, and successfully landed in the Elysium Planitia, the second largest volcanic region on Mars surface, on November 2, 2018 after a 300-million-mile journey. The mission is the first to gather geophysical measurements from surface-installed instruments to explore the internal structure and dynamics of a solar system object other than the Earth or Moon. Understanding Mars’ interior and its dynamics will also help us understand the formation of the Earth and how our planet, together with our solar system, has evolved over time.
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The lander’s geophysical payload includes a very broad band seismometer to listen to the seismic activity on Mars. To better characterize and interpret seismic signals recorded by the single broad-band seismometer deployed to Mars, we run numerical seismic wave simulations using a global 3D wave propagation solver, SPECFEM3D_GLOBE (Komatitsch & Tromp 2002). The simulations have been initiated by implementing a 1D reference model for Mars, followed by superimposing topography and crustal thickness variations to analyze the distinct crustal dichotomy between the southern and northern hemispheres specifically on surface waves (Figure 1). Following Earth … [continued]
Contributed by Ebru Bozdağand Daniel Peter
Congratulations to Rene Gassmoeller a 2019 Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellow. Pictured are the 2018 and 2019 Fellows and Honorable Mentions at the 2019 Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.*photo credit: BSSw *[more info] [BSSw]