Seismological "Very Broad Band" Station (VBB-Station)

Updated 2002-02-12

The new seismological broad band station KBS at Ny-Ålesund replaces a former WWSSN station operated by the Institute for Solid Earth Physics of the University of Bergen. Both instrumentation and data acquisition of the old station were inadequate to meet all the demands for highest data quality for today's modern seismological research. The high technical standard of the new stations instrumentation now fulfils all the requirements of a modern broad band station. Therefore this station is integrated into the international Global Seismological Network, GSN, for monitoring the world-wide seismic activity. Special interests focus on regional seismicity at and around Svalbard itself and along the ridges in the arctic ocean. KBS is an open station, e.g., any interested scientist or international organization os allowed to retrieve data of special interest. Data are routinely processed and stored at the IRIS Data Management Center in Seattle. Copies are also available at the Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam (GFZ).

Time frame

Project time span
1994 - 2050
Data collection
1994 -
Data processing
1994 -
Data reporting
1994 -

Contact information

Contact person
Alfons Eckstaller
Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research D-27568 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1209
+49 471 4831 1149

Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Institute for Solid Earth Physics, Universität Bergen, Norwegen Norsk Polar Institutt, Tromsø, Norwegen Albuquerque Seismological Observatory, USA Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam (GFZ)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Global Seismological Network (GSN)

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