Imaging laterally varying regional heterogeneities from seismic coda using a source-array analysis

Tae Kyung Hong, William Menke

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Seismic coda is composed of scattered waves originated from various kinds of heterogeneities, whose locations are not confined in the great-circle ray-path direction between the source and receiver. We devise a technique to image laterally varying regional heterogeneities using single-station seismograms for clustered events. We analyze regional seismic records of the Borovoye seismic station for the Balapan nuclear explosions in Kazakhstan. Scattered waves that arrive coherently over the source arrays, are extracted by directional beamformings. The locations of scatterers responsible for the scattered waves are mapped from the beamforming direction, travel time and slowness (equivalently, phase velocity). The illuminated locations of heterogeneities are highly correlated with the structural variations in surface topography, crustal thickness and sedimentary thickness. The influence of the structural variations on seismic waves is quantified in terms of scattering intensity and quality factor. The scattering properties are observed to vary with phase due to the difference in frequency content and phase velocity. The proposed technique appears to be useful for a study of active tectonic regions with limited monitoring stations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-202
Number of pages15
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Jiakang Xie for valuable discussions on source-array data. We are grateful to Won-Young Kim and Vitaly Khalturin for information on the Balapan explosion records. We thank Professors George Helffrich and Thorne Lay, and an anonymous reviewer for constructive comments. WM was partially supported by the US Department of Energy under contract DE-FC52-03NA99514. TKH was supported by the Korea Meteorological Administration Research and Development Program under Grant CATER 2007-5111.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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