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Detection and monitoring of earthquake precursors: Twinsat, a Russia-uk satellite project

Chmyrev, V; Smith, A; Kataria, D; Nesterov, B; OWEN, CJ; Sammonds, P; Sorokin, V; (2013) Detection and monitoring of earthquake precursors: Twinsat, a Russia-uk satellite project. Advances in Space Research , 52 (6) pp. 1135-1145. 10.1016/j.asr.2013.06.017. Green open access

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Abstract

There is now a body of evidence to indicate that coupling occurs between the lithosphere–atmosphere–ionosphere prior to earthquake events. Nevertheless the physics of these phenomena and the possibilities of their use as part of an earthquake early warning system remain poorly understood. Proposed here is a programme to create a much greater understanding in this area through the deployment of a dedicated space asset along with coordinated ground stations, modelling and the creation of a highly accessible database. The space element would comprise 2 co-orbiting spacecraft (TwinSat) involving a microsatellite and a nanosatellite, each including a suite of science instruments appropriate to this study. Over a mission duration of 3 years ∼ 400 earthquakes in the range 6–6.9 on the Richter scale would be ‘observed’. Such a programme is a prerequisite for an effective earthquake early warning system.

Type: Article
Title: Detection and monitoring of earthquake precursors: Twinsat, a Russia-uk satellite project
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2013.06.017
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2013.06.017
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Earthquake, Ionosphere, Satellite
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Earth Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Space and Climate Physics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1302592
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