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Seth Carpenter

Research Interests:
Earthquake Seismology
Engineering Seismology
Applied geophysics

My professional experience is primarily as an earthquake seismologist and seismic network operator with experience operating seismic monitoring networks since 2007 and experience conducting applied research in seismic hazard and seismotectonics since 2004. Instructing and mentoring students has also been an important part of my career and includes teaching high school physics and facilitating seismology research of graduate students and visiting scholars at Univ. of Ky.

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Selected Publications:

Zhu, Y., Wang, Z., Carpenter, N.S. Woolery, E.W., and Haneberg, W.C. (in press). Mapping Fundamental Site Periods and Corresponding Amplifications for the 3 Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky, Central United States, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Carpenter, N.S., Holcomb, A.S., Woolery, E.W., Wang, Z., Hickman, J.B., Roche, S.L., 2020. Natural Seismicity in and around the Rome Trough, Eastern Kentucky, from a Temporary Seismic Network, Seismological Research Letters, 91 (3), p. 1831–1845, doi: 10.1785/0220190015.

Miao, F., Carpenter, N.S., Wang, Z., Holcomb, A.S., and Woolery, E.W., 2020. High-Accuracy Discrimination of Blasts and Earthquakes Using Neural Networks with Multi-window Spectral Data, Seismological Research Letters, 91 (3), p. 1646–1659, doi: 10.1785/0220190084.

Carpenter, N.S., Wang, Z., Woolery, E.W., 2020. An Evaluation of Ground-Motion Site-Response Parameters in the Central and Eastern United States and the Importance of Empirical Site-Response Estimations, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 110(2), p. 489-507, doi: 10.1785/0120190217.

Peng, Y., Wang, Z., Woolery, E.W., Lyu, Y., Carpenter, N.S., Fang, Y., Shuai, H., 2020. Ground-Motion Site Effect in the Beijing Metropolitan Area, Engineering Geology, 266, p. 105395, doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2019.105395.

Wang, Z., Carpenter, N.S. and Woolery, E.W., 2019. Horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio of S-waves and SH-wave transfer functions at the vertical seismic and strong-motion arrays in the Central United States. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 162, p. 64-71, doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2018.10.017.

Carpenter, N.S., Wang, Z., Woolery, E.W., and M. Rong, 2018. Estimating Site Response with Recordings from Deep Boreholes and HVSR: Examples from the Mississippi Embayment of the Central U.S., Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108 (3A), p. 1199-1209, doi: 10.1785/0120170156.

Rong, M., Fu, L.Y., Wang, Z., Li, X., Carpenter, N.S., Woolery, E.W., and Lyu, Y., 2017. On the Amplitude Discrepancy of HVSR and Site Amplification from Strong‐Motion Observations. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 107(6), p.2873-2884, doi: 10.1785/0120170118.

Zhang, L., Carpenter, N.S., Wang, Z., Lyu, Y. and Li, S., 2017. Scenario-Based Seismic Hazard Analysis for the Xianshuihe Fault Zone, Southwest China. Pure and Applied Geophysics, II, p.1-14, doi: 10.1007/s00024-017-1686-8.

Wang, Z., Carpenter, N.S., Zhang, L. and Woolery, E.W., 2017. Assessing Potential Ground-Motion Hazards from Induced Earthquakes. Natural Hazards Review, 18(4), p.04017018, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000264

Yang, X., Pavlis, G.L., Hamburger, M.W., Marshak, S., Gilbert, H., Rupp, J., Larson, T.H., Chen, C. and Carpenter, N.S., 2017. Detailed crustal thickness variations beneath the Illinois Basin area: Implications for crustal evolution of the midcontinent. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122, p. 6323–6345, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014150.

Chen, J., Carpenter, N.S., Wang, Z., Zuo, K. and Yang, L., 2016. Evidence of Complex Faulting near the Huangcheng‐Shuangta Fault, Gansu, China, from the 11 May 2012 Mw 4.8 Sunan Earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106(5), p.2258-2265, doi: 10.1785/0120160094.

Crawford, M.M., Wang, Z. and Carpenter, N.S., 2016. Earthquake and landslide hazard assessment, communication, and mitigation in Kentucky. Geological Society of America Special Papers, 520, p.SPE520-31, doi:10.1130/2016.2520(31).

Woolery, E.W., Wang, Z., Carpenter, N.S., Street, R. and Brengman, C., 2016. The central United States seismic observatory: Site characterization, instrumentation, and recordings. Seismological Research Letters, 87(1), p.215-228, doi: 10.1785/0220150169.

Qiu, Z., Chi, S., Wang, Z., Carpenter, S., Tang, L., Guo, Y. and Yang, G., 2015. The strain seismograms of P-and S-waves of a local event recorded by four-gauge borehole strainmeter. Earthquake Science, 28(3), p.209-214, doi: 10.1007/s11589-015-0120-5.

Carpenter, N.S., Woolery, E.W. and Wang, Z., 2014. The Mw 4.2 Perry County, Kentucky, Earthquake of 10 November 2012: Evidence of the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone in Southeastern Kentucky. Seismological Research Letters, 85(4), p.931-939, doi:  10.1785/0220130221

Monigle, P.W., Nábělek, J., Braunmiller, J. and Carpenter, N.S., 2012. Evidence for low-angle normal faulting in the Pumqu-Xianza Rift, Tibet. Geophysical Journal International, 190(3), p.1335-1340, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05581.x.

Carpenter, N.S., Payne, S.J. and Schafer, A.L., 2012. Toward reconciling magnitude discrepancies estimated from paleoearthquake data. Seismological Research Letters, 83(3), p.555-565, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.83.3.555.