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Course Information | Germany- Working with Strainmeter Data Shortcourse

  • Dates Monday, March 6 - 8, 2017
    Optional individual tutoring: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 afternoon
    Location: Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Germany


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Kathleen Hodgkinson UNAVCO, Dave Mencin, UNAVCO

Group photo from the course

Course Information

Course Overview

Strainmeters provide better strain resolution than GPS and can record strain transients at periods much longer than broadband seismometers. This workshop will describe how strainmeters work, present examples of tectonic strain transients recorded by PBO strainmeters, and outline how to access and work with the data. This 3-day workshop will cover the main topics involved in processing strainmeter data with the purpose to help make strainmeter data useful to a broad scientific audience. This will be a hands-on workshop, we will work through the steps required to access, process and isolate tectonic signals in the data using data sets from the Plate Boundary Observatory in the western US and strainmeters recently installed in Turkey. We encourage attendees to bring other strain data sets they might also be interested in working on and welcome questions particular to that data set.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 

10:00 - 10:15 Introductions  
10:15 - 11:00 General Overview Kathleen
11:00 - 12:00 Data Products & Accessing Data Kathleen
1:00 - 2:00 Strain Fundamentals Processing Steps, Plotting Data Kathleen
2:00 - 2:45 Assesing Data Quality Kathleen
3:00 - 3:30 Tidal Analysis using Baytap08 Kathleen
3:30 - 5:00 Class work: Removing tides and barometric pressure from strainmeter data Dave and Kathleen

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 

9:00 - 10:00 Strainmeters: Installation, operation and how they work Dave
10:00 - 11:00 Marmara Strainmeter Project Dave
11:00 - 12:00 Marmara Strainmeter Data Review Dave & Kathleen
1:00 – 1:45 Strainmeter Calibration Theory Kathleen
2:00 - 2:45 SPOTL General Dave
3:00 – 3:15 SPOTL scripting Dave, Kathleen
3:15 – 5:00 Class work: Tidal corrections with SPOTL using BAYTAP results Dave and Kathleen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 

9:00 – 11:00 Working with Strain Data Dave and Kathleen
Afternoon Individual tuition and help with software and analysis

Computer Requirements

Participants must bring their own laptops, or have access to a remote machine, running a Unix-type system (Linux, Mac OSX), and are encouraged to install the software listed below before the course. Instructors will help with installation if attendees have difficulty with installation.

Software List

Suggested Reading List


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