Josh and I are busy packing currently, as we head out into the field bright and early tomorrow morning! We're going to be a part of phase III of the OIINK experiment, where the goal is to relocate some 40ish seismometers eastward into Kentucky. It's going to be two weeks of long and hot days, but will be an exciting opportunity to experience field seismology first hand! Someone had to install the instruments to collect the data we are using, so it's only appropriate that we help the next phase of the project along.
Field seismology is no walk in the park assignment. Preperation for our next couple weeks has been going on for months, scouting locations, creating recon reports for sights, prepping field crews, etc. Josh and I will be on a team that prepares the stations for install, while another team is in Missouri collecting the seismometers that are to be moved. At some point during the next couple of weeks, these two teams will meet and actually bring the new stations online!
I am leaving my tomography work somewhat in a state of limbo during these weeks, although I have produced a new model that I will be using for my AGU abstract, of which the deadline is rapidly approaching. Ultimately, my model will be a starting point for additional refinement, but hopefully my mentor and I can glean some interesting information out of the model I've produced. We will have a computer in the field to start to analyze my results, as it will be the first time my mentor and I have had face-to-face contact since June. I haven't yet selected the appropriate damping for my model, but I'm hoping that's something I can get done before AGU as well.
Here's a video of the current model with a damping of 20. Looks quite a bit better than the previous iteration.
Also, this is my last blog post for the next couple of weeks while I'm out in the field, but don't worry, I will return with lots to share in August!
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