Bounding boxes of the models

Model bounding boxes
Bounding boxes of detailed and regional (extended) velocity model regions. Gray lines denote major roads and white lines delineate major faults.

The detailed model is surrounded by the regional (extended) model to permit capturing large length scale features of seismic wave propagation along the northern San Andreas fault outside the domain of the detailed model. In the regional model details away from the San Andreas fault are grossly generalized in places. The regional model fits around the detailed model so it does not include the region covered by the detailed model.

The detailed and regional velocity models are rectangular volumes in a Transverse Mercator (TM) projection with the following parameters:

KML file with bounding boxes.

Coordinates are WGS84 longitude/latitude. Models extend from sea level or top of ground surface down to 45 km below sea level. The model includes the material properties of water for the Pacific Ocean.

Detailed Regional (Extended)
Approx. Dimensions 290km 140km 650km 330km
SE corner (lon,lat) -120.64405137.050062 -118.94451436.702176
SW corner (lon,lat) -121.92203636.320331 -121.93085735.009018
NW corner (lon,lat) -123.85849338.424179 -126.35317339.680558
NE corner (lon,lat) -122.56236539.174505 -123.27319941.484869

Geologic Block Model


The detailed and regional (extended) 3-D geologic models of Central California, centered on the San Francisco Bay region, were made using the Dynamic Graphics EarthVision(TM) software. This program builds 3-D models starting with a hierarchy of fault surfaces that divide the volume of interest into Fault Blocks. These fault blocks are further subdivided by Zone Surfaces that most commonly represent contacts between rock units within a fault block.

Fault and zone surfaces were exported from the EarthVision (EV) model using an EV utility named "ev_ev2gocad", which outputs a file in the TSurf format used by the GOCAD(TM) software. The TSurf format represents a surface by specifying the locations a number of triangles which approximate the surface.

Various options for viewing TSurf files may be found under "Tools" on the SCEC Community Fault Model website. There are also scripts available in the tarball to project the tsurfs and to convert the projected versions to the .vtp format for viewing in the ParaView 3-D visualization software.


Seismic Velocity Model


The velocity model is stored in Etree database files. We provide a library to query the database from C++, C, and Fortran 77. The query software is called cencalvm (current version is 0.6.5) and is generally updated independently of the velocity model. In order to use the seismic velocity model, you need to download the Etree database file for the detailed model and install the query software. Downloading the Etree database file for the regional (extended) model is optional.