Development of instruments for seafloor geodesy
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 1998
Received: 2 April 1998
Accepted: 17 July 1998
Published: 6 June 2014
We have developed systems for measuring differential displacements across a fault zone, and examined their resolutions through seafloor experiments at relatively short baselines. A system for a seafloor extensometer makes use of precise acoustic ranging with a linear pulse compression technique. The system has a resolution better than 1 cm in acoustic ranging over a baseline of at least 1 km. The most critical problem is correction for temperature variations, and we estimate that the effect can be corrected with cm-order accuracy in the case of a deep-sea experiment. We have also examined a leveling system on the seafloor using an array of ocean bottom pressure gauges and an ocean bottom gravimeter to detect differential vertical motion. The system is estimated to have a resolution of several centimeters in vertical displacement. These system will be useful for triangulation and leveling on the seafloor, but we need further studies over a longer baseline and to achieve better long-term stability.