Using seismic source parameters to model frequency-dependent surface-wave radiation patterns

Boris Rösler*, Suzan Van Der Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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The excitation of surface waves depends on the frequency-dependent eigenfunctions of the Earth, which are determined numerically. As a consequence, radiation patterns of Rayleigh and Love waves cannot be calculated analytically and vary with source depth and with frequency. Owing to the importance of surface-wave amplitudes for inversions of source processes as well as studies of the elastic and anelastic structure of the Earth, assessing surface-wave radiation patterns for different source mechanisms is desirable. A data product developed in collaboration with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium provides visualizations of the radiation patterns for Rayleigh and Love waves for all possible source mechanisms. Radiation patterns for known earthquakes are based on the moment tensors reported by the Global Centroid Moment Tensor project. These source mechanisms can be modified or moment tensor components can be chosen by the user to assess their effect on Rayleigh- and Love-wave radiation patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-1002
Number of pages11
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics


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