Woods Hole Science Center
A Policy for Rapid Mobilization of USGS OBS (RMOBS)
Potential Deployment Sites
Policy and Resources
USGS Policy and Resources
The initiative for rapid deployment of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)
will come from USGS scientists who have the regional responsibility for
monitoring of earthquake and volcanic hazards (See
contact information). Other USGS and non-USGS scientists should
coordinate their application with the USGS scientists who have the
regional monitoring responsibility. The decision to support an RMOBS
will be made jointly by the USGS scientist in charge of the USGS OBS
facility and by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
scientist in charge of the OBS Instrument Pool (OBSIP) in Woods Hole.
The decision will generally be made within 24 hours of a request for
RMOBS instruments. The decision will be based on the guidelines
outlined in Criteria for Support.
The USGS will provide the following services to
scientists undertaking a RMOBS through.
- The USGS Coastal and Marine Program will provide $35,000
for a rapid mobilization of the OBS. This amount will be used to cover
mobilization and shipping costs, the cost of expendables, the cost of
sending a technician to deploy and retrieve the instruments, and the
cost of boat rental to deploy and retrieve the instruments.
- The Woods Hole OBS Instrument Pool, through an agreement
with the USGS, will provide five four-component short-period ocean
bottom seismometers for rapid deployment. RMOBS instruments are
expected to be at the instrument center when not in the field for an
RMOBS deployment, and are generally not considered as part of the
general OBSIP instrument pool during the normal OBSIP scheduling
- The National OBS Instrument Pool will provide the OBS data
in a standard format and time-tagged and corrected to the scientists
who initiate the RMOBS no later than a week after the instruments have
been recovered from the ocean floor.