Stephen Arrowsmith, Chris Hayward, Mike Pace, Chris Simpson, Brian Stump, Mihan McKenna Taylor


Infrasound arrays are traditionally installed in quiet rural settings, but there is a growing need in the infrasound community, tactical and nuclear monitoring, to understand the implications of moving arrays into or near populated areas. The tactical infrasound monitoring community is interested in monitoring higher frequency and/or low energy sources; this desire often requires a shorter source-receiver spacing. This limitation can move arrays out of more traditional rural spaces. In the nuclear monitoring community, this change is not a choice, but a forgone conclusion with arrays under construction or planed near populated areas such as Beijing, China and Teheran, Iran. These monitoring communities have common needs that require pushing the boundaries of infrasound arrays into or near urban spaces. This paper focuses on exploration of the opportunities and limitations of infrasound monitoring in urban spaces through three studies: (1) evaluation of non-traditional rooftop array designs; (2) comparison of mechanical wind filters for infrasound sensor noise reduction; and (3) quantification of low-frequency acoustic fields, both the total and coherent portions, in urban environments.

Degree Date

Spring 5-15-2021

Document Type


Degree Name



Earth Sciences


Brian Stump

Second Advisor

Stephen Arrowsmith

Third Advisor

Heather DeShon

Fourth Advisor

Chris Hayward

Fifth Advisor

Mihan McKenna Taylor

Number of Pages




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