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Seismic noise: A challenge and opportunity for seismological monitoring in densely populated areas

Groos, Jörn; Ritter, Joachim


Several of the new techniques using the deep underground, such as geothermal power plants or CO2 sequestration, have to be installed in densely populated areas to be economically successful. Geothermal power plants need access to the district heating network to efficiently use the low-temperature heat remaining after power production. Therefore, even weak and non-destructive induced earthquakes became a serious problem for operators of geothermal power plants as such events are felt by many residents. This provokes a loss of acceptance for the new technologies in the local population. The potential application of CO2 sequestration struggles with similar problems as large coal power plants are also installed in densely populated areas. A transparent and comprehensive (seismological) monitoring of new interventions in the underground is crucial to get and keep the public acceptance. Seismological monitoring in cities and densely-populated areas is a challenging task due to the complexity of the man-made seismic noise wave field. Especially the important identification of the small events which are unnoticeable for humans is made difficult by numerous other man-made sources of seismic energy such as traffic and industry. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000038621
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2010
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-2-91989-709-4
KITopen-ID: 1000038621
Erschienen in Proceedings of the Workshop Induced Seismicity : November 15 - 17, 2010, Hotel Hilton, Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Ed.: J. Ritter
Verlag Centre Européen de Géodynamique et de Séismologie
Seiten 87-97
Serie Cahiers du Centre Européen de Géodynamique et de Séismologie ; 30
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