PRNY - Paleontological Research Institution, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, New York

Station: Paleontological Research Institution, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, New York
Network Affiliation: LCSN & ANSS
Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network (LCSN)
Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS)

FDSN Network Code: "LD"
Network Contact:
Dr. Won-Young Kim
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
of Columbia University
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964
Latitude: 42.4666N
Longitude: 76.5361W
Elevation to Sensor: 205 m
Depth to Sensor: 0
Geology: Thin compact soil over Devonian shale (?) bedrock
Vault Conditions: Sensor sits directly on concrete pier
Site Description: Basement of the Museum of the Earth
Station Instrumentation: Remote site:
Broadband seismometer (CMG-3ESP, 30 sec - 50 Hz)
24-bit A/D datalogger (Reftek 72A-07, 3-channel system)
GPS clock
deep-cycled sealed gelcell rechargable battery
Data collection site:
PC Windows XP
RTPD (Ref Tek Protocol Dataserver),
Earthworm Data acquisition software
Operated Since: March 20, 2006

Vertical, North-South and East-West components of ambient ground noise spectra on March 8, 2006 (at 18:00-20:00 UTC) measured at the seismic pier in the basement of the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York. In each figure, horizontal axis represent frequency (inverse of period) in Hertz (Hz, cycle/sec) from 0.01 to 100 Hz, whereas the vertical axis represents power spectral density in units of decibels refered to 1 (meter/s^2)^2 (=quare of the acceleration). Hence, the seismic noise amplitude spectra are plotted as a function of frequency. In each component, noise spectra from stations PAL (Palisades, NY; green line), Howe Caverns, Cobleskill, New York (HCNY; blue line) and PRNY (Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, New York; red line) are plotted for comparison.
Plotted together with the station noise spectra are solid curve representing the low- and high-noise models. Noise spectra at PRNY are comparable to PAL at frequencies between 1 and 10 Hz, whereas PRNY noise spectra at lower frequencies between 0.1 and 1 Hz are lower than at PAL and comparable to HCNY. Notice that noise spectral peak at PRNY is about 0.2 Hz (5 second-period), which is slightly shorter period than at PAL and HCNY (7-8 second-period), probably due to lower microseism at PRNY. It may be due to farther distance from the Atlantic Ocean than PAL or HCNY. Higher noise power spectral density at long-period (> 10 sec) bands at HCNY and PRNY compared with that of PAL are due to shorter natural period seismometers used at these stations (HCNY, PRNY, T0=30 sec; PAL, T0=120 sec).

Three component noise spectra at PRNY are plotted for comaprison.

Gurlap CMG-40T broadband seismometer

Seismic pier in the basement of the Paleontological Research Institution building

Data Acquisition System (DAS; 24-bit A/D datalogger, Reftek RT-72A-07)

GPS antenna outside of the PRI building

Enterance to the seismic vault in the Paleontological Research Institution building

Museum of the Earth

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