The noise-spectrogram web service returns spectrograms for seismic channels based on PDF daily mode values.
- Range Selection
- Plot Customization
- Noise Model Comparison
The Power Density Function (PDF) represents the distribution of noise power as a function of frequency. The PDF mode function represents the most commonly occurring (most likely) noise power level as a function of frequency.
The following plot, from the noise-pdf webservice, shows a computed PDF from 19 years of data from one seismometer along with the computed mode function.
The noise-spectrogram web service reveals how the daily values of the PDF mode function vary over time in a color coded format. It is complimentary to the noise-mode-timeseries which returns the same information in a time-series plot format or in numerical formats.
The following plot, from the noise-spectorgram web service, shows the daily PDF mode variations from the same data used to make the previous plot.
The web service provides an output option that allows the PDF modes to be displayed relative to the Peterson noise models or relative to user defined noise models. See “Noise Model Comparison” for details.
The date range, frequency range and power range may all be individually specified via the following parameters:
Parameter Discussion Example start Start date. Defaults to earliest available data. start=2010-02-04 end End date. Defaults to latest available data. end=2010-02-04 plot.time.matchrequest Determines the behavior of what date range is plotted. plot.time.matchrequest=false plot.frequency.range Sets the range of the frequency axis. plot.frequency.range=0.001,100 plot.powerscale.autorange Determine power color scale mapping based on percentile plot.powerscale.autorange=0.9 plot.powerscale.range Manually set power color scale mapping plot.powerscale.range=-170,-100
By default, all available data is displayed. Setting
end will limit the date range of displayed data. The
plot.time.matchrequest parameter sets the behavior of what is plotted when
end are specified. By default, the plot will match given
end parameters. However, if
plot.time.matchrequest=false is specified, the plot will match the available data.
Default behavior: plot.time.matchrequest=true&start=1970-01-01&end=2030-02-01
Match data: plot.time.matchrequest=false&start=1970-01-01&end=2030-02-01
By default, the frequency axis will default to range of the available data. The
plot.frequency.range parameter makes it possible to make this range fixed. This can be useful when comparing plots between channels that have differing sample rates.
The power levels of the data are mapped into a color rainbow. The process of power range selection determine how this is done. Powers which are outside of the power range are ‘clipped’ to the extreme values of the range.
There are two ways to determine the power range represented by the color rainbow.
plot.powerscale.range allows the user to manually determine the mapped color range. This can be useful when comparing plots from different channels.
plot.powerscale.autorange chooses minimum and maximum power levels based on percentile occurrences.
For example, if
plot.powerscale.autorange=0.9 is selected, the minimum power will be the lowest 5% power and the maximum power will be the highest 95% power. Another way of thinking about this is that 90% of the power data will map one-to-one to a color values while 10% will saturate to the end of the color scale; 5% will saturate to the bottom of the scale and 5% will saturate to the top of the scale.
plot.powerscale.autorange=1.0 will cause the full range of the data to be displayed. However, because there are often outliers (often caused by anomalous instrument response near the Nyquist frequency) using a value of
1 will usually result in a washed out appearance.
Compare the previous plot with the full range: plot.powerscale.autorange=1
plot.powerscale.autorange are specified,
plot.powerscale.autorange=0.95 is automatically selected.
26 options allow for customizing plot appearance.
Orientation and Size
plot.horzaxis controls the plot orientation while
plot.width control the plot size. By default the horizontal axis is time and the width and height are 1000 and 500 pixels respectively. If
plot.horzaxis=freq is selected the horizontal axis will be frequency and, if height and width are not selected, they will default to 500 and 1000 pixels respectively.
By default, there is a 2:1 or 1:2 ratio between height and width depending on orientation. So, for example, if the horizontal axis is time, and a width of 1500 is specified and the height is unspecified, the height will be 750 pixels. Example plot.width=1500
plot.frequency.invert parameters control direction of the time and frequency axes. Normally, time and frequency increase bottom to top and left to right. Setting
plot.frequency.invert=true will reverse this order.
Title and Axis Label Customization
plot.frequency.label options allow for customizing the plot titles and labels.
All of these options will accept the string ‘hide’ which will hide the label or title. They also accept predefined substitution string listed in the table below.
Parameters and defaults:
Parameter: Description: Default: plot.title Title at top of plot TARGET plot.subtitle Title under subtitle hide plot.time.label Title of time axis DATERANGE plot.frequency.label Title of frequency axis "Frequency (Hz)"
String: Example Outputs: TARGET IU.ANMO.00.BHZ.M NETWORK IU STATION ANMO LOCATION 00 CHANNEL BHZ STARTDATE 2010-01-02 ENDDATE 2010-08-23 DATERANGE 2010-01-02 to 2010-08-23 FREQMIN 0.001 FREQMAX 5.5 FREQRANGE 0.001 to 5.5 POWMIN -180 POWMAX -110 POWRANGE -180 to -110
The substitution strings can be combined with regular strings as illustrated in the following example.
Tip: When setting the titles and labels, the
+ character or the sequence
%20 can be used for white spaces. The sequence
%0A can be used for carriage-return. See Percent-encoding: Wikipedia for more information.
Date Format Customization
plot.time.tickunit parameters control the display of dates and tickunit spacing. If these parameters are not specified, the underlying plotting library will choose how to space the tick marks and how to display the dates corresponding to tick marks. This mostly yields plots with good appearance, but sometimes directly controlling the appearance is better.
This is illustrated in the following example.
Date Format Patterns
Letter Date Component Example y Year yyyy: 2016 M Month in year MM: 07, MMM: Jul, MMMM: July d Day in month dd: 21 D Day in year DDD: 026
plot.labelfont.size can be used to manually set the font sizes of the labels and titles.
Power Scale Placement
The position and size of the power scale is controlled with the following parameters
plot.powerscale.heightheight of the power scale
plot.powerscale.widthwidth of the power scale including text
plot.powerscale.xhorizontal position of power scale
plot.powerscale.yvertical position of power scale
plot.powerscale.orientationeither vertical or horizontal
plot.powerscale.showcontrols whether the power scale is drawn
height of the power scale are 150 × 12. As the width is increased, the font size of the power scale also increases.
y offsets are relative to the left and top image edges. If negative values are used the offsets are relative to the right and bottom image edges. The default values are 5 and 5.
plot.powerscale.orientation determines whether the power scale is drawn horizontally (default) or vertically.
Noise Model Comparison
noisemodel.byfrequency options allow the mode power levels to be compared to noise models as well as channel median daily mode values for the selected time ranges.
The web service contains default high and low noise models derived from tables 3 and 4 in Observations and Modeling of Seismic Background Noise by Jon Peterson, 1993.
The default noise models can be view from the link /defaultnoisemodel. Noise models are interpolated using a piecewise log, linear relationship given by:
Noise = A + B Log10(Period)
Noise model levels are interpreted as constant above and below model specifications.
output option accepts the following three values:
output=power is the default. Output values are simply the mode power levels. (example)
output=powerdmedian Output values are differenced to median values over the time interval. (example)
output=powerdhnm: power values are differenced against the high-noise model. (example)
output=powerdlnm: power values are differenced against the low-noise model. (example)
output=powerdnm: power values are compared to both the high and low noise models. (example)
output=powerdnm power levels are returned with the following logic:
if( power > HNM ) return (power - HNM) else if ( power < LNM ) return (power - LNM) else return 0
output=powerdmedian is especially useful for spotting changes in instrument behavior.
noisemodel.byfrequency options allow for the input of custom noise models.
The noise model parameters accept both high and low noise models or a single noise model. If a single noise model is specified
powerdnm will all return the same values.
The noise models should be in the format
High and low models by period:
Single model by period:
High and low models by frequency:
Single model by frequency:
For high/low models (two values per frequency or period) the order of the value pairs is not important; greater values are assigned to the high noise model and lower values are assigned to the low noise model. The order of frequencies (or periods) is not important; however, there should be no duplicates.
The character sequence
%7C can be used in place of the
| (pipe) character in URLs.
Ambient Noise levels in the Continental United States by Daniel E. McNamara and Raymond P. Buland
Ambient Noise Probability Density Functions by D. McNamara and R. Boaz
Observations and Modeling of Seismic Background Noise by Jon Peterson, 1993.