California Institute of Technology

Apply to be a CSN volunteer

Becoming a CSN volunteer is a two-step process. First, we need to determine that your proposed location (home, office, etc.) would fill a "gap" in our loose quarter-mile grid spacing, and that our device and software are compatible with your home computer setup. After getting past these small hurdles, we then need to collect a bit more information from you and get the seismometer to you.

Step One

Please email apply[ at ] and include the following information:

You should normally get a useful response within 3 working days, but sometimes it might stretch to a week.

Step Two

We will ask you for additional personal information so that in the unusual event that we can't contact you successfully by email, we have other independent ways of contact. This information will consist of:

After receiving this additional contact information, we will arrange to deliver a unit to you. In some cases, you will be asked to stop by our office; in others, we will hand them out in a group setting (e.g., school classroom or community group); some we will mail out. Included with the device is a web address to use for installation.


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