The Geophysics research area has broad interests ranging from elucidating lithospheric structures, to studying the inner core, to developing new methods for imaging Earth's interior.
Research in the area 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 and data inference are a strength of the research area.
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 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The arrays were upgraded to meet Treaty standards in 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.
We operate the FDSN recognised data centre, AusPass, which is a service dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of passive seismological data in Australia. AusPass is an initiative supported with funding from AuScope and the Australian National University to provide access to broadband passive seismic data collected in Australia since 1997. To facilitate knowledge discovery and innovation, AusPass adopts and supports FAIR data principles.
The area hosts the seismological component of the National Research Facility for Earth Sounding (ANSIR), which operates portable instrumentation for approved projects. The area also has a programme of ultra-low power seismic recorder development.