Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics Research Group

The Seismology and Mathematical Geophysics research group within the Earth Physics area has broad interests ranging from elucidating lithospheric structures, to studying the inner core, to developing new methods for imaging Earth's interior. Please have a look around and contact any one of the researchers here.

The research group covers a range of activities designed to exploit the favourable location of Australia relative to the world's earthquake belts. This is reflected in extensive studies using deployments of portable instrumentation to study the structure of the Australian continent and the mantle beneath. Research in different topics of theoretical seismology are a strength of the group.

Seismometer locations

We operate the Warramunga Seismic and Infrasound Research Station (WRA) near Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. The seismic and infrasound arrays are primary stations in the International Monitoring System for the Comphrensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The arrays have been upgraded to meet Treaty standards since 2000. Data are sent by satellite link to the International Data Centre in Vienna, and the National Data Centre at Geoscience Australia in Canberra.

The broad-band station CAN at Mt Stromlo is operated in association with the French GEOSCOPE network and a broad-band borehole instrument (WRAB) is supported at the Warramunga Array for the IRIS-IDA network as a contribution to global seismology.

The group hosts the National Research Facility for Earth Sounding (ANSIR) (as a Major National Research Facility), which operates reflection profiling and portable instrumentation for approved projects. Ownership of the reflection component of the Facility was transferred to ANU and Professor Kennett is now the Director with an Executive Officer for ANSIR supported by Geoscience Australia.

The group has been able to attract significant external funding from a variety of sources for work relating to Australian structure, seismic wave propagation, inversion for source location and mechanism and the nature of regional phases.

Please use the links to the left to access information regarding the numerous field projects throughout continental Australia; visit the group members' websites; learn about the seismic instrumentation, facilities, and software; and much more.

Updated:  7 October 2010/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSES /Page Contact:  Web Admin