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Hans Hartse

Verification Seismologist


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  • 1994-present: Staff seismologist, Geophysics Group (EES-11), Los Alamos National Lab - Seismic event discrimination studies of the western United States and central Asia, including China. Coda analysis of seismograms to find source, site, and path effects.
  • 1992-1994: Post doctoral researcher, GeoEngineering Group (EES-4), Los Alamos National Lab - Simultaneous velocity model and hypocenter inversion, crustal stress orientation estimates from focal mechanisms, and coda analysis of explosions and earthquakes.
  • 1985-1991: Research fellow, research assistant, and teaching assistant, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico - Vertical seismic profile and earthquake location investigations by simultaneously inverting direct and reflected phase arrival times.
  • 1982-1985: Exploration geophysicist, Gulf Oil, Casper, Wyoming. Interpretation of seismic reflection profiles and well logs while developing oil and gas prospects.



  • Ph.D. Geophysics, 1991, New Mexico Tech, Socorro
  • M.S. Geophysics, 1987, New Mexico Tech, Socorro
  • B.S. Geophysical Engineering, May, 1982, Montana Tech, Butte (with honor)


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Selected Publications

Hartse, H.E., The 16 August 1997 Novaya Zemlya seismic event as viewed from GSN stations KEV and KBS, Seismol. Res. Let., 69, No. 3, 206-215, 1998.

Hartse, H.E, R.A. Flores, and P.A. Johnson, Correcting regional seismic discriminants for path effects in western China, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 88, 596-608, 1998.

Taylor, S.R and H.E. Hartse, A procedure for estimation of source and propagation amplitude corrections, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 2781-2789, 1998.

Taylor, S.R. and H.E. Hartse, An evaluation of generalized likelihood ratio outlier detection to identification of seismic events in western China, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 87, 824-831, 1997.

Hartse, H.E., S.R. Taylor, W.S. Phillips, and G.E. Randall, A preliminary study of regional seismic discrimination in central Asia with emphasis on western China, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 87, 551-568, 1997.

Balch, R.S., H.E. Hartse, A.R. Sanford, and K. Lin, "A new map of the geographic extent of the Socorro midcrustal magma body", Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 87, February 1997.

Hartse, H.E., W.S. Phillips, M.C. Fehler, and L.S. House, "Single-station spectral discrimination using coda waves", Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., v85, p1464-1474, 1995.

House, L.S., and H.E. Hartse, "Seismicity and faults in northern New Mexico", New Mexico Geological Soc. Guidebook, 46, p135-137, 1995.

Hartse, H.E., M.C. Fehler, R.C. Aster, J. Scott, and F. Vernon, "Evidence for small-scale heterogeneity in the Anza seismic gap, southern California, J. Geophys. Res., p6818, 1994.

Hartse, H.E., A.R. Sanford, and J.S. Knapp, "Incorporating Socorro magma body reflections into the earthquake location process", Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 82, 2511-2532, 1992.

Hartse, H.E. and J.S. Knapp, "Understanding offset VSP", The Leading Edge, 9, no.4, 30-36, 1990.


In Press:

Phillips, W.S., H.E. Hartse, and L.K. Steck, Precise relative location of 25 ton chemical explosions at Balapan using IMS stations, PAGEOPH, 2000.

Phillips, W.S., H.E. Hartse, S.R. Taylor, A.A. Velasco, and G.E. Randall, Application of regional phase tomography to seismic verification, PAGEOPH, 2000.

Taylor, S.R., A.A. Velasco, H.E. Hartse, W.S. Phillips, W.R. Walter, and A.J. Rodgers, Amplitude corrections for regional seismic discriminants, PAGEOPH, 2000.

Whitted, C., S.R. Taylor, A.A. Velasco, H.E. Hartse, and G. Zandt, Waveform modelling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2000.


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