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Seismicity on Venus: optimal detection methods and target regions

Anna Gülcher
Anna Horleston
Taichi Kawamura
Sara Klaasen
Maxence Lefevre
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Julia Maia
Sven Peter Näsholm
Mark Panning
Ana-Catalina Plesa
Simon Stähler


With the selection of multiple missions to Venus by NASA and ESA that are planned to launch in the coming decade, we will greatly improve our understanding of Venus. However, none of these missions have determining the seismicity of the planet as one of their primary objectives. Nevertheless, constraints on the seismicity remain crucial to understand the tectonic activity and geodynamic regime of the planet and its interior structure.  Funded by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, we have gathered an interdisciplinary team of experts in seismology, geology, and geodynamics to assess the potential seismicity of Venus, specific regions that could be seismically active at present, and the methods to detect them. Here, we present the findings from our second ISSI team meeting (January 29 - February 2, 2024), aiming to review knowledge on Venus's seismicity and interior and identify the best approaches for future missions. We present the feasibility, advantages, and disadvantages of different seismic observation techniques on the surface (e.g., broadband seismometers, distributed acoustic sensing methods), from a balloon (acoustic sensors), and from orbit (airglow imagers). We make a recommendation for the instrumentation of a future seismology-focused mission to Venus.  We also suggest target regions with a high likelihood of significant surface deformation and/or seismicity. These targets are useful for the upcoming VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy) and EnVision missions and would specifically benefit from the repeat pass interferometry of VERITAS, which detects surface deformation and can therefore in principle constrain the maximum displacement of surface faulting at locations that are visited twice during the mission. 
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insu-04506991 , version 1 (15-03-2024)



Iris van Zelst, Barbara de Toffoli, Raphaël Garcia, Richard Ghail, Anna Gülcher, et al.. Seismicity on Venus: optimal detection methods and target regions. EGU General Assembly 2024, Apr 2024, Vienna, Austria. pp.EGU24-12790, 2024, ⟨10.5194/egusphere-egu24-12790⟩. ⟨insu-04506991⟩
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