Abstract

As observations of microseisms at Aberdeen appeared to indicate that microseisms may arise from a cause or causes other than from standing waves set up by reflection from a steep rocky coast or by a mixture of waves in a fast-moving storm, a survey of Aberdeen records for 1955 has been carried out and a comparison made with the meteorological conditions prevailing at the time. A noticeable feature on the weather charts was the frequent occurrence of pressure distributions with two centres, while the occasions on which fast-moving storms occurred, or reflection from rocky coasts, were rare. Consequently there seemed to be grounds for supposing that the standing waves arose from the interference of two sets of wave systems generated by double low-pressure centres. Further, single low centres off either the Norwegian coast or that of America produced very little effect at Aberdeen. The survey suggests that the principal regions where such microseisms were produced appeared to be in the Atlantic north of 50° N and off the rocky coast of northwest Scotland.

From a comparison of the displacements on the E-W and N-S records there is some support for the hypothesis that microseisms are due to a mixture of Rayleigh waves and Love waves.

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