Swath-D project

The Swath-D project  is carried out as an "AlpArray Complementary Experiment" by  GFZ Potsdam in collaboration with:

  • OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), represented by D. Pesaresi
  • ZAMG (Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Vienna), represented by Y. Jia, H. Hausmann, T. Vogelmann, N. Horn, S. Weginger
  • Civil Protection Südtirol and Amt für Geologie und Baustoffprüfung Bozen (ltaly), represented by C. Carraro and G. Walcher.
  • Civil Protection Trento and Ufficio Studi Sismici e Geotecnici -Trento (ltaly), represented by M. Zambotto and A. Franceschini

The 5 institutions combined their efforts to install and operate an array of 154 broadband stations of GFZ (Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam) in Central and Eastern Alpine region. The network installation was completed by end of 2017 and will be operating for 2 years and complements the larger-scale AlpArray “backbone” network.

SWATH-D focuses on a key area of the Alps where e.g. the hypothesized flip in polarity is suggested to occur, and where the TRANSALP experiment has imaged a jump in the Moho (TRANSALP Working Group, 2002). SWATH-D will provide high-resolution images from the surface into the upper mantle.  

The data created in this project will be used directly by 20 individual proposals of the 4D-MB Priority Program (Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions, 2017) of the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1952), and data products derived from it will contribute to an additional 13 proposals. SWATH-D is thus an important link within the 4D-MB Priority Program and the international AlpArray communities and a scientific service to many of the proposals within the DFG Priority Program community.

For additional information, visit the SWATH-D summary.

Field work and installations