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Short-Period Ocean Bottom Seismometer

Short-Period Ocean Bottom Seismometers detect vibrations from small earthquakes ranging from 0.1 Hz to 100 Hz. These earthquakes are caused by local phenomena, such as melt movement beneath volcanoes and upward flow of hydrothermal fluids in the conduits that feed black smoker chimneys. These instruments enable imaging of the seismic energy traveling through the seafloor.

Data Products

This instrument measures the following data products. Select a data product's name to learn more.

Instrument Models & Deployed Locations

The OOI includes the following instrument makes and models for this instrument type. Follow the links below to find out where in the OOI this instrument has been deployed. You'll also find quick links for each instrument to Data portal, where you can plot and access data.

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Research Themes


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OBSSP on the Data Portal