Foundations of Modern Global Seismology

Foundations of Modern Global Seismology

2nd Edition - October 13, 2020

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  • Authors: Charles Ammon, Aaron Velasco, Thorne Lay, Terry Wallace
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128165171
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128156797

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Modern Global Seismology, Second Edition, is a complete, self-contained primer on seismology, featuring extensive coverage of all related aspects—from observational data through prediction—and emphasizing the fundamental theories and physics governing seismic waves, both natural and anthropogenic. Based on thoroughly class-tested material, the text provides a unique perspective on Earth’s large-scale internal structure and dynamic processes, particularly earthquake sources, and the application of theory to the dynamic processes of the earth’s upper layer. This insightful new edition is designed for accessibility and comprehension for graduate students entering the field.Exploration seismologists will also find it an invaluable resource on topics such as elastic-wave propagation, seismic instrumentation, and seismogram analysis.

Key Features

  • Includes more than 400 illustrations, from both recent and traditional research articles, to help readers visualize mathematical relationships, as well as boxed features to explain advanced topics
  • Offers incisive treatments of seismic waves, waveform evaluation and modeling, and seismotectonics, as well as quantitative treatments of earthquake source mechanics and numerous examples of modern broadband seismic recordings
  • Covers current seismic instruments and networks and demonstrates modern waveform inversion methods
  • Includes extensive, updated references for further reading new to this edition
  • Features reorganized chapters split into two sections, beginning with introductory content such as tectonics and seismogram analysis, and moving on to more advanced topics, including seismic wave excitation and propagation, multivariable and vector calculus, and tensor approaches
  • Completely updated references and figures to bring the text up to date Includes all-new sections on recent advancements and to enhance examples and understanding Split into shorter chapters to allow more flexibility for instructors and easier access for researchers, and includes exercises


Researchers, upper-division undergraduate and first-year graduate students in earth science, geophysics, geology, seismology, and applied mathematics/mechanics

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Earthquake Basics
    1. Introduction
    2. Seismotectonics
    3. Seismometry and Earth Motions
    4 Seismogram Interpretation and Processing
    5. Earthquake Location and Geophysical Inverse Problems
    6. Earthquake Size and Descriptive Earthquake Statistics
    7. Earthquake Recurrence and Prediction
    8. Tsunamis
    9. Earths' Interior

    Part 2: Theory and Application
    10. Foundations of Elasticity and Fracture
    11. Elastic Waves
    12. Body Waves and Ray Theory - Travel Times
    13. Body Waves and Ray Theory - Amplitudes
    14. Surface Waves
    15. Surface Waves on a Sphere and Free Oscillations
    16. Ground Deformation and Wave Excitation
    17. Seismic Point Source - Models
    18. Finite Kinematic Earthquake Models
    19. Seismic Waveform Modeling
    20. Imaging the Earth with Travel Times
    21. Imaging the Earth Using Seismic Waveforms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 604
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 13, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128165171
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128156797

About the Authors

Charles Ammon

Charles Ammon is a Professor of Geoscience at Penn State. His research interests include broadband imaging large earthquake rupture processes, precise location of earthquakes in remote oceanic and continental regions, 3D imaging of continental lithosphere using seismic waveforms, surface-wave dispersion, and surface gravity observations. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Geological Survey, The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Ammon has taught seismology to introductory non-science students, advanced geoscience undergraduates and geophysics graduate students since 1994. He has served the research community as a member and chair of the Global Seismographic Network Standing Committee, and the vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Geoscience, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Aaron Velasco

Dr. Aaron A. Velasco is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. His current research interests have spanned a variety of subjects in seismology, including investigations of dynamic triggering of earthquakes, determining 3-D Earth structure from analysis of multiple data sets, deploying seismic sensors for studying aftershocks, studying geothermal prospects, and he has a particular interest in promoting opportunities for minority students in science. He has worked in a variety of positions in the private sector (Science Applications International Corporation), a federal research laboratory (Los Alamos National Laboratory), and currently for a university (University of Texas at El Paso). Besides his professor position, he also serves as State Seismologist for Texas for the Texas Railroad Commission.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Texas – El Paso, USA

Thorne Lay

As a Professor at U.C. Santa Cruz and Director of the Centre for the Study of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth, Thorne Lay's primary research interests involve analysis of seismic waves to interrogate the deep structure of the Earth's interior and to study the physics of earthquake faulting. In the realm of deep Earth structure, the focus is on imaging structures associated with internal dynamics of the mantle, particularly the core-mantle boundary region and the vicinity of subducting lithosphere. Studies of the core-mantle boundary have revealed a complex seismic structure believed to involve a thermal and chemical boundary layer at this, the largest internal compositional contrast within the planet. One of the major questions about subducting lithosphere that is being addressed is the depth extent to which the subducting material penetrates, which is closely linked to the debate about layered mantle versus whole mantle convection. Other Earth structure interests include the lateral variations of lithospheric structure, which are studied using body waves and surface waves, and the nature of regional waves propagating in the crust.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Geophysics and Director of the Center for the Study of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth, University of California – Santa Cruz, USA

Terry Wallace

As Principal Associate Director for Global Security, Wallace leads Laboratory programs with a focus on applying scientific and engineering capabilities to address national and global security threats, in particular, nuclear threats. Wallace is also the Senior Intelligence Executive at LANL. Wallace served as Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering from 2006 to 2011 and as Associate Director of Strategic Research from 2005 to 2006. In those positions, Wallace integrated the expertise from all basic science programs and five expansive science and engineering organizations to support LANL’s nuclear-weapons, threat-reduction, and national-security missions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Associate Director - Global Security, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

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