Personal seismometry now!



This article discusses the possibility of personal seismometry (i.e., seismologists having direct access to seismometer installations even from their studies at home). The basic ingredients for this are the general availability of relatively inexpensive microprocessors and easy access to a switched telephone network or equivalent communication systems. Finally, an experiment is described by which seismological data were exchanged between a temporary installation in the United Nations restaurant in Geneva and data center facilities in Oslo, Trondheim, Washington, D.C., and also Canberra.