Rockfall localization from seismic polarization considering multiple triaxial geophones and frequency bands Rockfall localization from seismic polarization considering multiple triaxial geophones and frequency bands

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Vol17 No.7: 1541-1552

Title】Rockfall localization from seismic polarization considering multiple triaxial geophones and frequency bands

Author】Liang FENG1,2*; Veronica PAZZI1; Emanuele INTRIERI1; Teresa GRACCHI1; Giovanni GIGLI1; Grazia TUCCI1

Addresses】1 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Via G. La Pira 4, 50121 Florence, Italy; 2 Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, University of Florence, Via Santa Marta 3, 50139 Florence, Italy

Corresponding author】Liang FENG

Citation】Feng L, Pazzi V, Intrieri E, et al. (2020) Rockfall localization from seismic polarization considering multiple triaxial geophones and frequency bands. Journal of Mountain Science 17(7). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-020-6132-1

DOI】https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-020-6132-1

Abstract】Boulder/rock mass movements generate ground vibrations that can be recorded by geophone networks. Generally, there are two methods applied to rockfall trajectory reconstruction or rockfall seismic localization. One method uses seismic wave arrival times and is achieved by minimizing the differences in signal arrival times between multiple stations by grid map searching. The other method uses seismic polarization and is achieved by calculating event-source back azimuths from the seismic polarizations of rockfall signals. In this study, we proposed the use of an overdetermined matrix for joint localization based on the polarization method. The overdetermined matrix considers the contributions of all geophones in the network, and at each geophone is assigned a different weight according to the recorded signal qualities and the reliability of the calibrated back azimuths. This method shows a great advantage relative to the case in which only two sensors are employed. Besides, we suggested three marker parameters for proper frequency band selection in back azimuth calculations: energy, rectilinearity, and a special permanent frequency band (SPF). We found that the back azimuths calculated with energy and an SPF are generally close to the real back azimuths measured in the field, while the SPF is limited by seismic attenuation due to a long-distance propagation. The localization results of rockfalls were validated by using field camera videos and in situ calibrations. Three typical cases and 43 artificially released rockfalls are presented in this paper. The proposed method provides an interesting way to locate rockfall events and track rockfall trajectories and avoids the difficulties of obtaining accurate arrival times, as required by the arrival times method.

Keywords】Rockfall; Localization; Seismic polarization; Seismic monitoring; Early warning