Accuracy tests of the tessellated SLBM model

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We have compared the Seismic Location Base Model (SLBM) tessellated model (version 2.0 Beta, posted July 3, 2007) with the GNEMRE Unified Model. The comparison is done on a layer/depth-by-layer/depth and layer/velocity-by-layer/velocity comparison. The SLBM earth model is defined on a tessellation that spans the globe at a constant resolution of about 1 degree (Ballard, 2007). For the tests, we used the earth model in file ''unified{_}iasp.grid''. This model contains the top 8 layers of the Unified Model (UM) embedded in a global IASP91 grid. Our test queried the same set of nodes included in the UM model file. To ... continued below

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Ramirez, A L & Myers, S C July 20, 2007.

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We have compared the Seismic Location Base Model (SLBM) tessellated model (version 2.0 Beta, posted July 3, 2007) with the GNEMRE Unified Model. The comparison is done on a layer/depth-by-layer/depth and layer/velocity-by-layer/velocity comparison. The SLBM earth model is defined on a tessellation that spans the globe at a constant resolution of about 1 degree (Ballard, 2007). For the tests, we used the earth model in file ''unified{_}iasp.grid''. This model contains the top 8 layers of the Unified Model (UM) embedded in a global IASP91 grid. Our test queried the same set of nodes included in the UM model file. To query the model stored in memory, we used some of the functionality built into the SLBMInterface object. We used the method get InterpolatedPoint() to return desired values for each layer at user-specified points. The values returned include: depth to the top of each layer, layer velocity, layer thickness and (for the upper-mantle layer) velocity gradient. The SLBM earth model has an extra middle crust layer whose values are used when Pg/Lg phases are being calculated. This extra layer was not accessed by our tests. Figures 1 to 8 compare the layer depths, P velocities and P gradients in the UM and SLBM models. The figures show results for the three sediment layers, three crustal layers and the upper mantle layer defined in the UM model. Each layer in the models (sediment1, sediment2, sediment3, upper crust, middle crust, lower crust and upper mantle) is shown on a separate figure. The upper mantle P velocity and gradient distribution are shown on Figures 7 and 8. The left and center images in the top row of each figure is the rendering of depth to the top of the specified layer for the UM and SLBM models. When a layer has zero thickness, its depth is the same as that of the layer above. The right image in the top row is the difference between in layer depth for the UM and SLBM renderings. The left and center images in the bottom row of the figures are renderings of the P velocity distribution within the specified layer for UM and SLBM models. The bottom right frame shows the difference in P velocity between UM and SLBM renderings. Black denotes zero thickness in both the UM and SLBM models. When the layer thickness is zero for one model and non-zero for the other model, then the velocity difference equals the velocity in the model with non-zero layer thickness. The figures suggest that most differences between the UM and SLBM models are small. The depth and velocity patterns in the figures are very similar. We can see some model differences at the edges of tectonic features. These are likely caused by the bilinear interpolation required to produce the tessellated model. Differences are accentuated North of 75 degrees latitude. These are probably due to the different resolution of the UM and SLBM models near the poles; the UM model is defined at a higher resolution close to the poles whereas the SLBM model is defined at an approximately constant resolution throughout the globe. In summary, our tests suggest that the SLBM model stored in memory for travel time calculation is sufficiently accurate for project needs.

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  • Report No.: UCRL-TR-232984
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/921153 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 921153
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc902514

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Ramirez, A L & Myers, S C. Accuracy tests of the tessellated SLBM model, report, July 20, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc902514/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.