An automated approach to the location of icequakes using seismic waveform amplitudes

Glenn Arthur Jones, B. Kulessa, Samuel Huckerby Doyle, C. F. Dow, Alun Lloyd Hubbard

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Citations (SciVal)


We adapt from volcano-seismology an automated method of locating icequakes with poorly-defined onsets and indistinguishable seismic phases, which can be tuned to either body or surface waves. The method involves: (1) the calculation of the root-mean-squared (RMS) amplitudes of the filtered envelope signals; (2) a coarse-grid search to locate the hypocentres of the seismic events using their amplitudes; and (3) refinement of hypocentre locations using an iteratively damped least-squares approach. First, we calibrate the adapted method by application to real data, recorded using a network of six passive seismometers, in response to surface explosions in known locations on the western margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Secondly we present a seismic modelling experiment simulating rapid supraglacial lake drainage-driven hydrofracture through 1 km thick ice. The test reveals horizontal and vertical location uncertainties of several tens of metres and 200-300m repectively. Since seismic emissions from glaciers and ice sheets often have complex waveforms akin to those considered here, our adapted method will likely have widespread applicability to glaciological problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Glaciology
Issue number64
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • seismics
  • glacier
  • seismology
  • supraglacial lake


Dive into the research topics of 'An automated approach to the location of icequakes using seismic waveform amplitudes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this