Wouldn’t you like to node?

While our servicing crew conquers the Alaska Peninsula, our ragtag bunch on Kodiak Island is blanketing the roads with tiny seismometers–400 of them to be exact!

Four hundred seismic nodes from the University of Utah and the PASSCAL instrument center await deployment.

Each instrument, called a ‘node’, is about the size of a soup can and has batteries to last in the field for about a month. Our team has been installing up to ~80 nodes in a day, rain (and rain and rain and rain) or shine!

IMG_9933.jpg Top: University of New Mexico graduate student Evans Onyango enjoys the beautiful Kodiak sunshine during deployment. Bottom: University of New Mexico and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Jenny Nakai and University of New Mexico professor Lindsay Worthington on Pasagshak Beach with a node.

As of today, we have 327 nodes in the ground, forming the main transect across the northern part of the island.

The Kodiak node transect. Red circles are in the ground!

This deployment will make the Kodiak transect one of the most densely sampled subduction interfaces in the world! Awesome!

This gray whale gives the project a thumb’s up!


-Lindsay Worthington, UNM



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