Call for Papers: BSSA Special Issue on Martian Seismology and the InSight Mission to Mars

The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) solicits papers for a special issue on Martian seismology and analysis of data from the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) of the NASA InSight Mission to Mars.

Since its landing on Mars on 26 November 2018 and the successful deployment of the SEIS instrument in February 2019, SEIS has provided continuous 20 samples-per-second (sps) data on the 3-axis Very Broad Band (VBB) and 3-axis short period (SP) sensors, as well as event data at 100 sps. In addition, pressure and wind speed are monitored by the Auxiliary Payload Sensor Suite (APSS) experiment. All SEIS data1 acquired prior to the end of March 2020 are freely available at the Data Center of Institut de physique du globe de Paris (IPGP), at the data management center of Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS DMC) and at the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS), in addition to APSS data at NASA PDS2. The SEIS event catalogue is also available for the same time period at the same depositories3.

We solicit papers for a BSSA special issue on Mars seismology, 45 years after the first landing on Mars of Viking and after almost one Mars year of seismic monitoring by SEIS. These papers can include the following themes:

1. Analysis of Martian seismic noise, SEIS instrument performance, and their consequences for understanding SEIS data and for designing or operating future planetary experiments.

2. Investigation of SEIS data, including a focus on Marsquakes, on specific features of Mars seismic noise and its propagation, or on environmental seismic sources on Mars.

3. Determination of Mars seismic structure, based on SEIS data and illuminating the structure of subsurface, crust or deeper interior.

4. Theoretical study or numerical contributions pertinent to Martian seismology.

5. Comparative analysis between SEIS data and Viking seismometer data or comparative seismic analysis between Mars, the Moon and Earth.

Guest Editors:
Philippe Lognonné, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université de Paris, Paris, France

Sharon Kedar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

Victor C. Tsai, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 15 October 2020

Accepted papers will be published online ahead of the print publication, scheduled for April 2021. Please send inquiries or notices of intent to submit a paper to P. Lognonné.

BSSA will begin accepting submissions immediately.  Manuscripts should be formatted as outlined in the Instructions for Authors at https://www.seismosoc.org/publications/bssa-submission-guidelines/ and should be submitted at: http://bssa.edmgr.com.  Authors should select the category “Martian Seismology and the InSight Mission to Mars” during the submittal process.  Questions related to scientific issues may be addressed to the guest editors or to BSSA Editor-in-Chief Thomas Pratt (bssaeditor@seismosoc.org), while those related to submission of papers may be addressed to Betty Schiefelbein, Manuscript Coordinator, at bssamss@seismosoc.org.


1. https://doi.org/10.18715/SEIS.INSIGHT.XB_2016
2. http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/insight/insight_dois.htm
3. https://doi.org/10.12686/a7