Global Catalog of Calibrated Earthquake Locations (GCCEL)

This section describes a repository of calibrated earthquake locations (referred to as the Global Catalog of Calibrated Earthquake Locations, GCCEL or “the Catalog”) that have been determined using the Hypocentroidal Decomposition algorithm for multiple event relocation (Jordan and Sverdrup, 1981), as implemented and developed in the program mloc by Eric Bergman since 1989. The source code, supporting data files and documentation for mloc are posted elsewhere on this website.

Since the late 1990s, mloc’s development has emphasized its use for obtaining calibrated locations, meaning hypocenters with minimal location bias from unknown Earth structure and with reliable estimates of uncertainty. Calibrated hypocenters are determined for clusters of earthquakes (up to about 200 events), typically in source regions up to about 150 km in size in order to minimize the biasing effects of lateral heterogeneity. For GCCEL emphasis is given to events that have been well-recorded at far-regional and teleseismic distances and for which focal depth can be constrained.

The Catalog contains the hypocenters and associated phase data for a globally-distributed set of calibrated earthquake clusters, as well as the regional velocity model, station coordinates, summary plots of the results and a commentary for each cluster. The website also carries documentation on the standard approach used in these studies and the data file format. A large inventory of previously-analyzed clusters has been reprocessed for inclusion in the GCCEL, and new clusters will be added to the Catalog as they become available.

GCCEL is presently hosted at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, under a collaborative research environment called ScienceBase:

Link to GCCEL on ScienceBase

Harley Benz manages the publication of GCCEL on ScienceBase. At this time the ScienceBase-hosted website is the official website for GCCEL, from which all currently-available data can be downloaded. Over time the same information may be posted here in a somewhat different way.