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Seismic Laboratory

The GEO3BCN-CSIC Seismic Facility is composed by two main sections, the Data Acquisition Pool and the Seismic Processing Center. The Data Acquisition Instrumentation Pool includes seismic equipments intended to be used in temporary deployments. Up to 90 broad-band and 36 short period seismic acquisition systems are available to allow managing both short-term active seismic profiling and long-term passive seismic deployments.

The Seismic Processing Center is equipped with eight main servers devoted to calculus, management of storage systems, data distribution, near real- time data acquisition and databases/web integration. Up to 218 Tb of disk space are available. The Seismic Laboratory features connectivity with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and has research relationships with other computation, processing, interpretation and modelling facilities such as GEOMODELS (University of Barcelona) and the Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging.


Data Acquisition Instrumentation Pool

The Data Acquisition Pool includes seismic equipments intended to be used in temporary deployments. Broad-band and short period seismic acquisition systems are available to allow managing  both short-term active seismic profiling and long-term passive seismic deployments.

a) Broad-Band  portable seismic instrumentation

  • 29 Broad-band seismic stations composed by Trillium 120s sensors and Taurus digitizers, both from Nanometrics. Each station includes auxiliary material (memory cards, 36 Ah batteries, 2 x 18W solar panels) and transport case.
  • 11 seismic stations composed by Taurus dataloggers and Trillium Compact sensors.
  • 12 seismic stations composed by WorldSensing Spidernano dataloggers and Trillium Compact sensors.
  • 38 additional seismic stations from the TopoIberia-IberArray pool are also managed by our Institute. These equipment are composed by Trillium 120s sensors and Taurus digitizers.

b) Short period portable seismic instrumentation

  • 36 short period sensors (Geospace Mini SeisMonitor 2 Hz) and autonomous dataloggers (Spidernano).

Seismic Processing Center 

  • The software includes academic, commercial and in house developments. A short list includes:
  • Claritas Seismic Processing Software developed by GlobeClaritas, New Zealand.
  • SeisUnix Academic seismic processing software developed by the Colorado School of Mines.
  • Opendtect Open Source Seismic Interpretation System developed by dGB Earth Sciences.
  • FreeUSP is a collection of signal analysis and seismic processing routines originally written at Amoco Production Company’s Tulsa Research Center over the last nearly 40 years. This legacy is being offered in open source by BP America Inc. in the hopes that it may foster education, understanding and collaboration amongst the world wide signal analysis community.
  • SEPLIB The Stanford Exploration Project SEP included highly specialized software for migration imaging, velocity estimation, dip moveout and slant stack. Presently it is focus in developing 3-D seismic applications such as velocity estimation, wavefield-continuation prestack migration, multidimensional image estimation, and 4-D (time-lapse) reservoir monitoring.
  • PETREL The Schlumberger Petrel E&P Software Platform helps increase reservoir performance by improving asset team productivity. Geophysicists, geologists, and reservoir engineers can develop collaborative workflows and integrate operations to streamline processes.
  • Madagascar  Open-source software package for multidimensional data analysis and reproducible computational experiments
  • SAC The Seismic Analysis Code is a general purpose interactive program designed for the study of sequential signals, especially timeseries data. Emphasis has been placed on analysis tools used by research seismologists in the detailed study of seismic events.
  • PASSCAL is a general software for downloading, quality checking and format conversion of passive seismology data.
  • ObsPy Open-source project dedicated to provide a Python framework for processing seismological data. It provides parsers for common file formats and seismological signal processing routines which allow the manipulation of seismological time series.
  • Rayinvr Collection of programs for 2-D traveltime inversion and amplitude modeling.
  • SeiSan is a seismic analysis system it is a complete set of programs and a simple database for analyzing earthquakes from analog and digital data.
  • CWBquery  Repository for seismic waveform data.
  • SeisComp Seismological software for data acquisition, processing, distribution and interactive analysis that has been developed by the  GEOFON Program at  Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and  gempa GmbH.
  • Apollo Project  Advanced data archive developed by Nanometrics application that ensures that all data are included in the archive in the format of choice.
  • PQLX  Open-source software authored by Richard Boaz for evaluating seismic station performance and data quality.

Privacy policy

In accordance with the Organic Law 3/2018, dated 5 December, on Personal Data Protection and Guarantee of Digital Rights (LOPDGDD), the General Regulation of Data Protection (RGPD) and the related legislation, GEO3BCN-CSIC undertakes to comply with the obligation of secrecy with regard to personal data and the duty to treat them confidentially after carrying out the corresponding risk analyses, in particular, in accordance with the First Additional Provision of the LOPDGDD, the security measures corresponding to those provided for in the National Security Scheme, necessary to prevent its alteration, loss, processing or unauthorised access.

Users may exercise their rights of access, rectification, cancellation, opposition, limitation or portability at any time by writing to the Secretary General of the CSIC at C/Serrano 117, 28006 MADRID (Spain), providing a photocopy of their National Identity Document (DNI) or through the CSIC’s Electronic Register, located at its Electronic Headquarters, for which they must have a recognised electronic certificate. It is possible to contact with the CSIC’s Data Protection Delegate though this email:

GEO3BCN-CSIC reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy in order to adapt it to the latest legislations, jurisprudences or interpretations made by the Spanish Data Protection Agency.  In this case, the CSIC will announce such changes, clearly indicating in advance the modifications made, and requesting, if considered necessary, their acceptance.


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