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Open-File Report 2009-1013

U.S. Geological Survey Global Seismographic Network—Five-Year Plan 2006–2010

By William S. Leith, Lind S. Gee, and Charles R. Hutt


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The Global Seismographic Network provides data for earthquake alerting, tsunami warning, nuclear treaty verification, and Earth science research. The system consists of nearly 150 permanent digital stations, distributed across the globe, connected by a modern telecommunications network. It serves as a multi-use scientific facility and societal resource for monitoring, research, and education, by providing nearly uniform, worldwide monitoring of the Earth. The network was developed and is operated through a partnership among the National Science Foundation (, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (, and the U.S. Geological Survey (

Revised February 12, 2009

First posted February 3, 2009

For additional information contact:

Team Chief Scientist,
USGS Geologic Hazards
Box 25046, Mail Stop 966
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Leith, W.S., Gee, L.S., and Hutt, C.R., 2009, U.S. Geological Survey Global Seismographic Network— Five-Year Plan 2006–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1013, 27 p.


List of Acronyms

Executive summary


Program mission and long-term goals

Program 5-year goals

Partners and customers

Program review

Expertise and capabilities


Performance measures, goals and targets

Records management


Data sources

Appendix 1. List of external reviewers of this plan

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