About the blind test :: Scope
Mars Structural Services (MSS) and Marsquake Service (MQS) are the two ground service support segments within the InSight mission. While MQS manages the event catalog (identifying, locating and distributing) events, MSS is more focused on the interior structure of Mars. As the InSight science team, we have designed this blind test to seek alternative ideas in both areas, and to test our current approaches. For this purpose, we have computed synthetic waveforms for a catalog that includes both tectonic events and impacts simulated for one Earth year, with superimposed realistic seismic noise.
The test is called "blind" because only two of the team members know about the background model and event catalog. If you are joining the test for locating events, we ask our participants to provide an event catalogue with the following information (bold items are required):
If you have any other ideas such as developing structural inversion methods, please feel free to register and download the dataset. At the end of the test, all event locations results will be combined, compared, and published with all participants as co-authors.
Register for the test
Registration for the test is closed. Please contact us for any questions.
Please send us an email whether you wish to participate in the test or just experiment with the synthetics. We will send you detailed instructions on downloading the data via our FDSN web services (authorisation required).
We require your info to be able to keep you updated about the test status. We also want to keep track of various applications that our waveforms are used in, and have an idea of what participants wish to do. The information you provide will be secure and not be released outside the InSight team without your consent.
Updates and news
[21.02.2018] Blind test catalog submission is over...
Our blind test for is now closed for new submissions. We would like to thank you all for participating. The true seismic event and impact catalogs are available in the downloads section. We will announce the test results as soon as evaluation is finished.
[29.01.2018] Submission info and deadline extension...
Upon requests from some of our participants, the deadline for catalog submission is postponed until Monday Feb. 19th, 2018. The actual catalog will be made available here within a day or so following the deadline. Note this means we cannot accept late submissions. Please keep checking for updates. Also, please consider the following when preparing your catalogs: - There are no strict format requirements for your catalog submissions. However, catalog files should be in one of the machine readable formats, such as an ASCII or Excel file. Please do not send your catalogs as PDF documents, as these cannot be parsed easily. - Include a README file to describe the columns/fields in your catalogs. Also, please give a list of the files you will be submitting to make sure evaluation team has your complete source files. They will contact you in case your submission appear to be incomplete. - Attach a separate document that explains the methods you used. This can be in any format you prefer, such as doc, text, pdf or python notebooks. - Consider using a compression/archiving tool, if you have many files. Also note that large files will be returned by mail servers. - Please do not attach executables since these will likely be filtered by anti-virus protection. If you send source codes, please try to include some information on how to compile. Information on how to submit your work has been emailed to you. Let us know if you haven't received it. We look forward to receiving your contribution.
[22.01.2018] Deadline is approaching...
The test deadline is approaching fast (Feb. 1st, 2018)! Please let us know if you intend submit an event catalog using the contact information on this web site.
[27.11.2017] Surface wave dispersion information is available...
Surface wave dispersion curves are now available for download as a tar ball. Please visit the downloads section.
[21.09.2017] Candidate models are available...
The candidate structural models are now available for download in AxiSEM, nd, and deck formats. See the downloads section.
[21.08.2017] Synthetic waveforms are ready! - Test starts officially...
Synthetic waveforms computation is completed. Please follow the instructions after the registration to downlaod the data. Do not hesitate to let us know if you encounter any problems.
As a reminder: Registration is open till 30 September 2017. The anticipated end date for the test is 1 February 2018.
[28.04.2017] InSight blind test is about to take off!
Don't forget to register.
We are almost done with computing synthetic waveforms. Feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in the tests, or just experiment the dataset.
Registration is open till 30 September 2017. The anticipated end date for the test is 1 February 2018.
Contacts and citation
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:
General questions can be addressed to John Clinton or Domenico Giardini. Technical questions on the preparation of the dataset can be addressed to Martin van Driel.
All Mars images are downloaded from NASA JPL, while other figures are prepared by us. Please cite our study below if you use any resources presented in this web page, specifically our synthetic data.
Please refer to our invitation paper for more information on the blind test:
This work was jointly supported by SNF-ANR project 157133 "Seismology on Mars", SEFRI project "MarsQuake Service-Preparatory Phase", and two grants from the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) under project IDs sm06 and s682.