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The Collaborative Seismic Earth Model Project

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Project "CSEM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Raemistrasse 101
postcode: 8092

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 1˙367˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙367˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

Seismic tomography images of the Earth's interior are key to the characterisation of earthquakes, natural resource exploration, seismic risk assessment, tsunami warning, and studies of geodynamic processes. While tomography has drawn a fascinating picture of our planet, today's individual researchers can exploit only a fraction of the rapidly expanding seismic data volume. Applications relying on tomographic images lag behind their potential; fundamental questions remain unanswered: Do mantle plumes exist in the deep Earth? What are the properties of active faults, and how do they affect earthquake ground motion?

To address these questions and to ensure continued progress of seismic tomography in the 'Big Data' era, I propose new technological developments that enable a paradigm shift in Earth model construction towards a Collaborative Seismic Earth Model (CSEM). Fully accounting for the physics of wave propagation in the complex 3D Earth, the CSEM is envisioned to evolve successively through a systematic group effort of my team, thus going beyond the tomographic models that individual researchers may construct today.

I will develop the technological foundation of the CSEM and integrate these developments in studies of large-earthquake rupture processes and the convective pattern of the Earth's mantle in relation to surface geology. The CSEM project will bridge the gap between regional and global tomography, and deliver the first multiscale model of the Earth where crust and mantle are jointly resolved. The CSEM will lead to a dramatic increase in the exploitable seismic data volume, and set new standards for the construction and reproducibility of tomographic Earth models.

Beyond this project, the CSEM will be openly accessible through the European Plate Observing System (EPOS). It will then offer Earth scientists the unique opportunity to join forces in the discovery of multiscale Earth structure by systematically building on each other's results.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Thrastarson, Solvi; Van Driel, Martin; Boehm, Christian; Fichtner, Andreas; Van Herwaarden, Dirk-Philip; Krischer, Lion; Afanasiev, Michael
Accelerating Numerical Wave Propagation by Wavefield Adapted Meshes, Part II: Full-Waveform Inversion
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.31223/OSF.IO/V58CM
EarthArxiv 1 2020-03-05
2020 Korbinian Sager, Christian Boehm, Laura Ermert, Lion Krischer, Andreas Fichtner
Global‐Scale Full‐Waveform Ambient Noise Inversion
published pages: , ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1029/2019jb018644
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2020-03-05
2020 Dirk Philip van Herwaarden, Christian Boehm, Michael Afanasiev, Solvi Thrastarson, Lion Krischer, Jeannot Trampert, Andreas Fichtner
Accelerated full-waveform inversion using dynamic mini-batches
published pages: , ISSN: 0956-540X, DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggaa079
Geophysical Journal International 2020-03-05
2020 Solvi Thrastarson, Martin van Driel, Lion Krischer, Christian Boehm, Michael Afanasiev, Dirk-Philip van Herwaarden, Andreas Fichtner
Accelerating numerical wave propagation by wavefield adapted meshes, Part II: Full-waveform inversion
published pages: , ISSN: 0956-540X, DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggaa065
Geophysical Journal International 2020-03-05
2020 Lars Gebraad, Christian Boehm, Andreas Fichtner
Bayesian elastic Full‐Waveform Inversion using Hamiltonian Monte Carlo
published pages: , ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1029/2019jb018428
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2020-03-05
2017 Korbinian Sager, Laura Ermert, Christian Boehm, Andreas Fichtner
Towards full waveform ambient noise inversion
published pages: 566-590, ISSN: 0956-540X, DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggx429
Geophysical Journal International 212/1 2019-06-13
2018 Andreas Fichtner, Saule SimutÄ—
Hamiltonian Monte Carlo Inversion of Seismic Sources in Complex Media
published pages: 2984-2999, ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1002/2017JB015249
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123/4 2019-06-13
2018 Gebraad, Lars; Zunino, Andrea; Fichtner, Andreas
A tutorial introduction to the Hamiltonian Monte Carlo solution of weakly nonlinear inverse problems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/3K9VU
1 2019-06-13
2018 Andreas Fichtner, Dirk-Philip van Herwaarden, Michael Afanasiev, Saulė Simutė, Lion Krischer, Yeşim Çubuk-Sabuncu, Tuncay Taymaz, Lorenzo Colli, Erdinc Saygin, Antonio Villaseñor, Jeannot Trampert, Paul Cupillard, Hans-Peter Bunge, Heiner Igel
The Collaborative Seismic Earth Model: Generation 1
published pages: 4007-4016, ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1029/2018GL077338
Geophysical Research Letters 45/9 2019-06-13
2017 Andreas Fichtner, Shravan M. Hanasoge
Discrete wave equation upscaling
published pages: ggx016, ISSN: 0956-540X, DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggx016
Geophysical Journal International 2019-06-13
2018 Laura Cobden, Jeannot Trampert, Andreas Fichtner
Insights on Upper Mantle Melting, Rheology, and Anelastic Behavior From Seismic Shear Wave Tomography
published pages: 3892-3916, ISSN: 1525-2027, DOI: 10.1029/2017gc007370
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 19/10 2019-08-29
2019 Fichtner, Andreas; Van Driel, Martin; Afanasiev, Michael; Thrastarson, Solvi
Numerical wave propagation through ice-covered regions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.31223/OSF.IO/QFKP5
EarthArXiv 1 2019-08-29
2018 Lion Krischer, Andreas Fichtner, Christian Boehm, Heiner Igel
Automated Large-Scale Full Seismic Waveform Inversion for North America and the North Atlantic
published pages: 5902-5928, ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1029/2017jb015289
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123/7 2019-08-29

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