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Title: Tethered Aerostat Effects on Nearby Seismometers

Abstract

This report assesses seismic interference generated by a tethered aerostat. The study was motivated by a planned aerostat deployment within the footprint of the Dry Alluvium Geology seismic network. No evidence was found for seismic interference generated by the aerostat, and thus the e ects on the Dry Alluvium Geology sensors will be negligible.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1412090
Report Number(s):
SAND2017-13150R
659293
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Bowman, Daniel. Tethered Aerostat Effects on Nearby Seismometers. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1412090.
Bowman, Daniel. Tethered Aerostat Effects on Nearby Seismometers. United States. doi:10.2172/1412090.
Bowman, Daniel. 2017. "Tethered Aerostat Effects on Nearby Seismometers". United States. doi:10.2172/1412090. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1412090.
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