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Title: The Gem Infrasound Logger and Custom-Built Instrumentation

Here, we designed, built, and recorded data with a custom infrasound logger (referred to as the Gem) that is inexpensive, portable, and easy to use. We also describe its design process, qualities, and applications in this article. Field instrumentation is a key element of geophysical data collection, and the quantity and quality of data that can be recorded is determined largely by the characteristics of the instruments used. Geophysicists tend to rely on commercially available instruments, which suffice for many important types of fieldwork. However, commercial instrumentation can fall short in certain roles, which motivates the development of custom sensors and data loggers. Particularly, we found existing data loggers to be expensive and inconvenient for infrasound campaigns, and developed the Gem infrasound logger in response. In this article, we discuss development of this infrasound logger and the various uses found for it, including projects on volcanoes, high-altitude balloons, and rivers. Further, we demonstrate that when needed, scientists can feasibly design and build their own specialized instruments, and that doing so can enable them to record more and better data at a lower cost.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Boise State Univ., ID (United States). Dept. of Geosciences
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States). Dept. of Geological Sciences
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
SAND-2017-3152J
Journal ID: ISSN 0895-0695; 652008; TRN: US1800241
Grant/Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000; EAR-0838562
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Seismological Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 89; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0895-0695
Publisher:
Seismological Society of America
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 58 GEOSCIENCES
OSTI Identifier:
1411600