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Here are some of the articles that have been recently posted to the PASSCAL website:

PASSCAL USER Workshop Pre_AGU Fall 2010

PASSCAL User Workshop : PRE-AGU - San Francisco December 12th 2010

Hello Dear Participants

We are excited with the great response we got from you all about our second workshop in San Francisco. During this workshop, we would like to focus our efforts  on providing an overview of the PASSCAL facility to young investigators, anyone with upcoming PASSCAL supported experiments or plan to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation using PASSCAL equipment and support.

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SEIS-UK joins IRIS/PASSCAL on Support Effort for Antarctic Projects



SEIS-UK Director Dr. Alex Brisbourne accompanies the staff of the PASSCAL Instrument Center  to gain experience working in polar environments while supporting the POLENET and Whillans Ice Sheet projects for a month and a half during this year's field season.

The Pulse in Peru



Ever wonder what it's like to support a seismic field experiment in Peru?  PASSCAL's Assistant Director, Mike Fort, recommends the Singular Subduction blog, written by Yale research assistant and English major, Laura Marris. Mike was in Peru as an advisor, trainer, and to offer general logistical support to the PULSE experiment.

New Web Organization

Our website has been reorganized! It may look the same at first glance, but take a closer look. The tabs and navigation menu are now more closely aligned with the PASSCAL working groups. There are a couple of new topics as well. This should make it much easier to quickly access the specific information you're looking for.

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IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center User Workshop, AGU San Francisco - 2010


IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center would like to invite you to register for our second annual PASSCAL Users Workshop to be held on December 12th 2010 (the day before the beginning of the AGU Fall meeting).  This year’s workshop will give an overview of the PASSCAL program, the services we provide and how to access them.  This workshop should be useful to anyone who has an upcoming PASSCAL supported experiment, or is planning to propose an experiment, but will be particularly useful to new investigators.

The morning session (8:00-12:00) will be formal presentations covering such topics as:

·      Field procedures 

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Station Installation

PASSCAL can help guide you through various aspects of Station Installation, including Tasks, Time required, Crews needed, Recordkeeping considerations, and Suggested Materials. For broadband experiments the PI and students come to PASSCAL for several days of training before your experiment's field campaign begins. During the training session details of the experiment's logistic and climatic conditions are discussed and considered for the station design and installation procedures.

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PICASSO - Program to Investigate Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn

"PICASSO  consists of a multidisciplinary international investigation of the Alboran Sea, Gibraltar arc, Atlas Mountains and surrounding areas in the western Mediterranean using passive and active seismology, magnetotellurics, geochemistry/petrology/structural geology, and geodynamic modeling. The project was selected as the pilot experiment for TopoEurope, an EarthScope-like initiative recently approved by the European Science Foundation. The U.S. PICASSO investigators are from Rice (Lee, Levander), the University of Oregon (Humphreys), U.C. San Diego (Seber), WHOI (Chave, Evans), and the University of Southern California (Becker, Platt)". (From Original Proposal)


The National Science Foundation, using its Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, is supporting a project to collect an open community dataset from a portable seismograph deployment in an aftershock study following the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile on February 27, 2010. The IRIS Consortium, on behalf of its Member Institutions, will work with scientists from US universities and the University of Chile to deploy 60 broadband seismic instruments to record aftershocks for approximately six months. This community-wide coordinated approach will provide the best quality dataset that can be utilized immediately by a wide range of researchers from around the world.

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