Utah FORGE: Seismic Velocity Models, February 2021


This dataset contains a map, showing the Utah FORGE seismic stations, and seismic velocity model data. There are 61 1-D velocity models which are in a compressed TAR file. A paper is referenced at the end of this description which discusses the use of these data in 3D modelling. The paper summary follows:

We expand the application of spatial autocorrelation (SPAC) from typical 1-D Vs profiles to quasi-3-D imaging via Bayesian Monte Carlo inversion (BMCI) using a dense nodal array (49 nodes) located at the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) site. Combinations of 4 and 9 geophones in subarrays provide for 36 and 25 1-D Vs profiles, respectively. Profiles with error bars are determined by calculating coherency functions that fit observations in a frequency range of 0.2-5 Hz. Thus, a high-resolution quasi-3-D Vs model from the surface to 2.0 km depth is derived and shows that surface-parallel sedimentary strata deepen to the west, consistent with a 3-D seismic reflection survey. Moreover, the resulting Vs profile is consistent with a Vs profile derived from distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) data located in a borehole at the FORGE site. The quasi-3-D velocity model shows that the base of the basin dips ~22 degrees to the west and topography on the basement interface coincident with the Mag Lee Wash suggests that the bedrock interface is an unconformity.

Reference: Zhang, H. and K. L. Pankow (2021). High-resolution Bayesian spatial auto-correlation (SPAC) pseudo-3D Vs model of Utah FORGE site with a dense geophone array, Geophys. Res. Int,

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DOE Project Name: Utah FORGE
DOE Project Number: EE0007080
DOE Project Lead: Lauren Boyd
DOI: 10.15121/1776592
Last Updated: 6 months ago
Data from February, 2021
Submitted Mar 18, 2021


Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah



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Kristine Pankow
University of Utah Seismograph Stations


geothermal, energy, seismic data, 1D seismic velocity, seismic velocity, Utah FORGE, FORGE, Utah geothermal, velocity models, seismic, velocity, SPAC, spatial auto-correlation, pseudo-3D, geophone, Bayesian Monte Carlo inversion, modeling, model, distributed acoustic sensing, geospatial data, sedimentary basin, waveform inversion, seismic noise, geophysics, TAR, EGS, Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah, Milford


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