AGU100: Celebrating every year of AGU

100 papers in Seismology for 100 years of AGU

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”

– Isaac Newton

This initiative highlights the excellent, ground-breaking seismology research published in AGU journals or monographs over the last 100 years.  It is to be a list that both honors and celebrates the contributions of the past and present, and reflects the diversity in people and of research within the current and future AGU membership. Every week between now and December 2019, we will upload links to a set of 3-4 papers or monographs. 

What articles in AGU journals were fundamental to your own research? What do you consider a great paper in seismology?  What article used seismic data to transform our understanding of the Earth or other planets?  Initial suggestions have been provided by AGU Fellows in Seismology.  Community suggestions are welcome! We respectfully ask that you not submit papers you have authored or co-authored nor submit only articles completed at your home institution(s).


Week 1 (Feb. 18):

Birch, F. (1952). Elasticity and constitution of the Earth’s interiorJournal of Geophysical Research 57 (2), 227-286. doi: 10.1029/JZ057i002p00227

Isacks, B., Oliver, J. and Sykes, L.R. (1968). Seismology and the new global tectonicsJournal of Geophysical Research 73 (18), 5855-5899. doi:10.1029/JB073i018p05855.

Grand, S.P. (1994). Mantle shear structure beneath the Americas and surrounding oceansJournal of Geophysical Research 99 (B6), 11591-11621. doi: 10.1029/94JB00042


Week 2 (Feb. 25):

Aki, K. (1967). Scaling law of seismic spectrumJournal of Geophysical Research72(4), 1217-1231. doi:10.1029/JZ072i004p01217.

Brune, J. N. (1970). Tectonic stress and the spectra of seismic shear waves from earthquakesJournal of Geophysical Research75(26), 4997-5009. doi:10.1029/JB075i026p04997.

Brune, J. N. (1979). Implications of earthquake triggering and rupture propagation for earthquake prediction based on premonitory phenomenaJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth84(B5), 2195-2198. doi:10.1029/JB084iB05p02195.


Week 3 (Mar. 4):

Phinney, R.A. (1964). Structure of Earth’s crust from spectral behavior of long-period body wavesJournal of Geophysical Research 69(14), 2997-3017. doi:10.1029/JZ069i014p02997

Dziewonski, A.M., T.A. Chou, and J.H. Woodhouse (1981). Determination of earthquake source parameters from waveform data for studies of global and regional seismicityJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 86(B4), 2825-2852. doi:10.1029/JB086iB04p02825

Yamasaki, T. and T. Seno (2003).  Double seismic zone and dehydration embrittlement of the subducting slabJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 108(B4), 2212. doi:10.1029/2002JB001918


Week 4 (Mar. 8):

Paulssen, H. (1985). Upper mantle converted waves beneath the NARS arrayGeophysical Research Letters12(10), 709-712.

Romanowicz, B. (1990). The upper mantle degree 2: constraints and inferences from global mantle wave attenuation measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth95(B7), 11051-11071.

Das, S., & Aki, K. (1977). Fault plane with barriers: a versatile earthquake modelJournal of geophysical research82(36), 5658-5670.


Week 5 (Mar. 11):

Jones, L. M., Wang, B., Xu, S., & Fitch, T. J. (1982). The foreshock sequence of the February 4, 1975, Haicheng earthquake (M= 7.3)Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth87(B6), 4575-4584.

Gomberg, J., Beeler, N. M., Blanpied, M. L., & Bodin, P. (1998). Earthquake triggering by transient and static deformations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth103(B10), 24411-24426.

Vidale, J. E., Agnew, D. C., Johnston, M. J., & Oppenheimer, D. H. (1998). Absence of earthquake correlation with Earth tides: An indication of high preseismic fault stress rate. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth103(B10), 24567-24572.


Week 6 (Mar. 18):

Mavko, G., & Nur, A. (1975). Melt squirt in the asthenosphereJournal of Geophysical Research80(11), 1444-1448.

Burdick, L. J., & Helmberger, D. V. (1978). The upper mantle P velocity structure of the western United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth83(B4), 1699-1712.

Woodhouse, J. H., & Dziewonski, A. M. (1984). Mapping the upper mantle: Three‐dimensional modeling of Earth structure by inversion of seismic waveformsJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth89(B7), 5953-5986.


Week 7 (Mar. 25):

Savage, M. (1999). Seismic anisotropy and mantle deformation: What have we learned from shear wave splitting? Rev. Geophys.371), 65– 106.

Paul Silver and Winston Chan (1991). Shear wave splitting and subcontinental mantle deformationJ. Geophys. Res., 96( B10), 16429– 16454.

Peter Watt, Geoffrey Davies, and Richard O’Connell (1976). The elastic properties of composite materialsRev. Geophys.144), 541– 563.


Week 8 (Apr. 1):

Aki, K., and Chouet, B. ( 1975), Origin of coda waves: Source, attenuation, and scattering effectsJ. Geophys. Res.8023), 3322– 3342.

Aki, K.Christoffersson, A., and Husebye, E. S. ( 1977), Determination of the three‐dimensional seismic structure of the lithosphereJ. Geophys. Res.822), 277– 296.

Thurber, C. H. ( 1983), Earthquake locations and three‐dimensional crustal structure in the Coyote Lake Area, central CaliforniaJ. Geophys. Res., 88( B10), 8226– 8236.


Week 9 (Apr. 8):

Phinney, R. A., and Alexander, S. S. ( 1966), P wave diffraction theory and the structure of the core‐mantle boundaryJ. Geophys. Res.7124), 5959– 5975.

Doornbos, D. J. ( 1983), Present seismic evidence for a boundary layer at the base of the mantleJ. Geophys. Res., 88( B4), 3498– 3505.

Lay, T., and Helmberger, D. V. ( 1983), The shear‐wave velocity gradient at the base of the mantleJ. Geophys. Res., 88( B10), 8160– 8170.

The Seismology section executive committee will make all effort to ensure the final 100 papers chosen reflect the breadth of seismology and allied fields.  The order of papers and sub-disciplines posted throughout the year should not be construed as a relative ranking.
Questions on the initiative and recommendations may be sent to Suzan van der Lee at