ISLA – Investigation of Seismicity in Louisiana

A team of scientists from Tulane University (TU), Louisiana State University (LSU), University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) are working with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to establish background levels of seismicity to inform decision-making within the region.  The ISLA Project – Investigation of Seismicity in LA – offers a golden opportunity and to train a cohort of students in field and laboratory methods.  Alissa Scire of PASSCAL Data Group, New Mexico Tech, provided two days of expert training in instrumentation and deployment techniques.  Undergraduate and graduate students advised by Patricia Persaud (LSU), Gabriele Morra (ULL), and Cindy Ebinger (TU), and worked in teams to deploy 6 of 10 planned stations during the last weekend in June, and the last 4 stations will be installed by early August.  We are grateful to those in the Shreveport area who have facilitated the project by allowing us to install instruments on their property. 

Our Postcard from the Field is posted on AGU’s website:  https://eos.org/postcards-from-the-field   Co-PI Patricia Persaud’s page at LSU has the current deployment map, photos of the huddle test and training https://www.geol.lsu.edu/persaud/ISLA.html

The array is not real-time, but we will update this website every 3-4 months with current seismicity information.  

Photos CW from top left: TU-LSU-ULL teams (Justin Kain, Rasheed Ajala, Madison Menou, Betina Brockamp, Samantha Hilburn, BS Candidate, Tulane University, Brennan Brunsvik, Mario Ruiz, Alissa Scire, PASSCAL Data Group Supervisor, Patricia Persaud, & Gabriele Morra). Patricia, Betina, and Mario planning logistics; Betina leveling the seismometer in the new vault;  Gabriele Morra and Mario testing Reftek datalogger; practicing with the clever but tricky solar panel mounts.   

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