Policy Events

See what SSA is doing to promote and advocate for earthquake science research.

Upcoming


Can You Hear It Now?: Using Fiber Optic Networks to Listen for Earthquakes

Monday, 17 June 2019 from 10–11 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 209

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) cordially invites you to a briefing on Capitol Hill!

Fiber optic cables transmit digital data like phone conversations and streaming videos, but
they also have a hidden talent: they can pick up vibrations from their surroundings. The miles
and miles of fiber optic cables for telecommunications networks already installed in the U.S
and around the globe can be repurposed into large-area seismic sensors. By tapping into the
“dark fiber” in these cables that isn’t used for telecommunication, seismologists gain a tool
for studying everything from microearthquakes around oil and gas operations to monitoring
permafrost changes that could impact infrastructure.

RSVP by 13 June 2019 EST to: policy@seismosoc.org

View the event flyer (PDF).

 

 

Past Events


Machine Learning in Seismology: Using AI to Improve Earthquake Monitoring

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 from 10–11 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 212-10

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) cordially invites you to a briefing on Capitol Hill!

Even with all that seismologists have learned about earthquakes, new technologies show how much remains to be discovered. Recent improvements in computational capabilities and the availability of large seismic data sets have created new opportunities for the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools in seismological fields. The application of these new techniques can refine our understanding of Earth’s structure and seismic sources from a new perspective and help improve earthquake detection, allowing for increased preparedness.

RSVP by February 8, 2019 EST to: policy@seismosoc.org

View the event flyer (PDF).

Forensic Seismology for Situational Awareness: Seismic Monitoring Beyond Earthquakes

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 215

Seismic monitoring is an essential part of how we make rapid informed decisions. This briefing will highlight how seismic monitoring and networks are used to address issues beyond just earthquakes. Not only is seismic monitoring a key to deciphering natural hazards such as tsunamis, landslides, and volcanoes, it is also an essential forensic tool for issues ranging from industrial accidents and terrorism to protecting critical infrastructure and facilities. If it is big enough to shake the earth, seismic monitoring provides a tool to explain why.

View the event flyer (PDF).


Earthquake or Explosion?: Seismology’s Key Role in Nuclear Test Monitoring

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9 to 10 a.m.
Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 215

When the earth shakes in North Korea or elsewhere, how do experts know whether the seismic waves signify an earthquake or a nuclear test explosion? In this briefing, two top scientists will answer this critical question and share how seismologists analyze data collected from around the globe to determine the yield, location and other details about nuclear test explosions. They will also discuss how seismology contributes to the U.S. national interest in nuclear monitoring.

View the event flyer (PDF).