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Working with strainmeter data

February 1, 2013

The Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the geodetic component of the U.S. National Science Foundation–funded Earthscope program, includes 75 borehole and 6 laser strainmeters ( The strainmeters are installed at several locations: on the Cascadia forearc in Washington state and on Vancouver Island, Canada; in arrays of two to nine instruments along the North American–Pacific plate boundary in California; at Mount St. Helens; and in Yellowstone National Park. For deformation signals seconds to weeks in duration, strainmeters have a resolution and a signal-to-noise ratio superior to those of seismometers and GPS. However, this high sensitivity can introduce nontectonic signals into strain data, presenting data interpretation challenges, especially for borehole strainmeters.

Publication Year 2013
Title Working with strainmeter data
DOI 10.1002/2013EO090011
Authors Kathleen M. Hodgkinson, Duncan Agnew, Evelyn A. Roeloffs
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
Index ID 70192470
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center