2010 SCEC-VDO Development

Project Summary

Since 2002, interns in the Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) program at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) have been developing a robust and fully interactive software suite to be used for exploring seismic data in 3D space. Each year, interns in the USEIT program implement new functionality into the Southern California Earthquake Center’s Virtual Display of Objects (SCEC-VDO). The software is used for a variety of purposes including scientific research, rendering animations, and spreading earthquake awareness to the general public. The 2010 SCEC-VDO development team focused on implementing features under the scope of operational earthquake forecasting. One such feature is the real time earthquake plugin, which is capable of displaying and navigating through the most recent earthquakes in 3D space. Data from the California Integrated Seismic Network is now displayable in real time through this plugin. Furthermore, end users are able to view a live screencast of this utility via the SCEC website during seismic crises. Another feature added to SCEC-VDO is the ability to view static and kinematic fault ruptures based on data from the CyberShake project. This plugin shows ground displacement in real time as well as total final ground displacement. The ability to view time-dependent rupture probabilities of various points on a fault was also added to SCEC-VDO. Using data from the UCERF model, users can now view the probability of any particular point on a fault participating in ruptures of various magnitudes.

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