VERCE delivers a productive e-science environment for seismology research

Malcolm Atkinson, Michele Carpene, Emanuele Casarotti, Steffen Claus, Rosa Filgueira, Anton Frank, Michelle Galea, Tom Garth, Andre Gemund, Heiner Igel, Iraklis Klampanos, Amrey Krause, Lion Krischer, Siew Hoon Leong, Federica Magnoni, Jonas Matser, Alberto Michelini, Andreas Rietbrock, Horst Schwichtenberg, Alessandro SpinusoJean Pierre Vilotte

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The VERCE project has pioneered an e-Infrastructure to support researchers using established simulation codes on high-performance computers in conjunction with multiple sources of observational data. This is accessed and organised via the VERCE science gateway that makes it convenient for seismologists to use these resources from any location via the Internet. Their data handling is made flexible and scalable by two Python libraries, ObsPy and dispel4py and by data services delivered by ORFEUS and EUDAT. Provenance driven tools enable rapid exploration of results and of the relationships between data, which accelerates understanding and method improvement. These powerful facilities are integrated and draw on many other e-Infrastructures. This paper presents the motivation for building such systems, it reviews how solid-Earth scientists can make significant research progress using them and explains the architecture and mechanisms that make their construction and operation achievable. We conclude with a summary of the achievements to date and identify the crucial steps needed to extend the capabilities for seismologists, for solid-Earth scientists and for similar disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 11th International Conference on e-Science
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781467393256
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2015
Event11th IEEE International Conference on eScience 2015 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sept 2015


Conference11th IEEE International Conference on eScience 2015
Abbreviated titleeScience 2015


  • Data science
  • Data-intensive
  • E-infrastructure
  • HPC
  • Metadata and storage
  • Science gateway
  • Solid-earth sciences
  • Virtual research environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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