Guest Editors: I. Molinari1, P. Kolínský2, G. Georgieva3,  and T. Meier4


1) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, sezione di Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

2) Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

3) Faculty of Physics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria.

4) Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Kiel, Germany.

The densely populated area around Europe, the Central Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea is highly susceptible to a variety of geohazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, flooding and volcanic activity. Specifically, the Adriatic Plate is consumed in a tectonically active belt spanning from Sicily, over the Apennines to the Alps, Dinarides and Hellenides, generating earthquakes up to magnitude 7. Understanding the properties of plate boundaries, slabs, active faults and of the stress field is crucial for  identifying the geodynamic factors driving plate deformation and associated geohazards. In recent years,  dense plate-scale regional passive broadband seismic experiments have been conducted over the greater Alpine region and in the central Mediterranean (e.g. AlpArray, AdriaArray, PACASE, among others). These endeavors primarily  aim to provide high quality data for imaging of the crustal and upper mantle structure, as well as for analyzing seismic activity in the region using advanced analysis tools. Existing permanent networks are complemented by temporary stations to achieve a homogeneous coverage at plate scale essential for wavefield and seismicity studies. Furthermore, locally densified and LargeN networks allow to study tectonically active fault systems in detail. Deployment of a significant number of mobile stations and ensuring robust data acquisition, archiving and quality control pose severe logistic, technical, and methodical challenges. 

This Special Issue aims to compile a collection of scientific and technical papers describing the installations, the data management, and the data quality control for large-scale temporary seismic experiments such as AdriaArray. Accepted contributions of this special issue will span from site selection and optimization of the network geometry, tests of data availability and data quality, considering both temporary and permanent stations of entire regional arrays or in significant subregions. Additionally, the issue anticipates the exploration of scientific conclusions, albeit partial, derived from the gathered data.


Papers must be submitted via the online submission system of Annals of Geophysics under the “Section”:

“SPECIAL ISSUE: Large-scale temporary passive seismic experiments in Europe”

Opening of the submissions: 1 of June 2024 


Closing of the submissions: November 30, 2024