Highlights of this past week includes making my first map in GMT - it is of the stations I will be using along with already catalogued earthquakes from USGS, ANF, and PNSN in the Cascadia region from July 2011 to July 2012. From there, I downloaded SAC files for the 59 offshore events to use as templates for the detection method. Now my job is to go through these files and determine which stations recorded each event.
The data set I will be working with was collected from broadband seismometers from 27 reoccupied TA stations and 62 OBS stations. The OBS stations are also equipped with pressure gauges. The data I will be looking at will run about a year, from July 25, 2011 to July 22, 2012. The Cascadia Initiative is a community project, so the data is open to anyone who wishes to view it. However, given a timing error due to the leap-year second that needed to be fixed, the OBS data has only been available since mid May. I will be looking at the raw data, and using a subspace detector method to catalog the earthquakes.
In other news - the cockroaches here are enormous, and I've discovered I have phobia for them. A sleep with the lights on, push my bed to the middle of the room so the roaches can't get to me by climbing the walls, shoving towels in the cracks under doors kind of phobia. Not to mention the spider I discovered that was nearly the size of my palm. After a spray can of Raid, however, I've been able to sleep a little more peacefully. I'm also discovering the "joys" of living with a dog. She likes to ransack garbage cans, get on my bed, run up and jump in my face, and be a general nuisance when I'm eating. Not to mention the yowling at odd hours. I'm just glad I don't have to care for the thing.
Now that I've adjusted to the altitude, I'm really enjoying running here - On Sunday Brian and I ran 5 miles (which I haven't done in nearly half a year) and this coming Sunday we're going to go further (which I haven't done ever). I'm stoked. And he has this GPS watch that draws out the route on google maps and tells you your pace. It's really awesome, and I'll probably break down and get one after this summer. I made it a goal for the year of 2013 to work myself up to a half marathon distance. (I think for now I'll keep the $60 registration fee of actually competing and focus on getting the distance...but I would like to do that too someday, soon.)
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