Geophysical Facilities at Missouri S&T

Computer Hardware in the Geophysics Lab

Computing facilities in the Geophysics lab include:

A Linux server with 4 nodes, 96-processors, and 1024 GB RAM (funded by NSF's Infrastructure and Facilities Program);
Several other Linux servers;
Free access to the campus High Power Linux Cluster with ~11,000 processors; Click here for more info.
About 40 personal computers;
About 100 TB of harddisk space on three RAID systems.

In addition, the University managed about 15 well-equipped CLCs (Computer Learning Centers) ,
among which several are in the same building as the Geophysics Lab.

Geophysical Computer Software

A large library of software has been established for teaching and learning,
geophysical data display, modeling, processing, and interpretation. Major
software packages include Matlab, Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), Seismic
Analysis Codes (SAC), Seismic Unix (SU), and many others for seismic
tomography, shear-wave splitting and seismic-wave attenuation analyses, mantle
discontinuity imaging, seismic data interpretation, waveform forward modeling,
and potential field data processing and modeling. We also have a set of site
licenses for SMT Kingdom Suite (for 3-D seismic interpretation) and Geographix.

Geophysical Exploration Equipment

The Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering owns a
comprehensive array of modern geophysical instruments to measure the gravity
and magnetic of the earth, and to conduct resistivity, EM, GPR, and seismic
reflection/refraction experiments. The Geophysics Group also owns 5 sets of Guralp
broadband seismographs.

Geophysical Data Sets

Data sets include seismic waveforms collected in the U.S., Russia, Africa, South
America, the US, and China. Steve Gao and Kelly Liu were involved in the field
experiments that recorded some of the data sets. We have obtained and processed
all the broadband data recorded by the approximately 200 broadband stations
in the Global Seismographic Network (GSN) and GEOSCOPE from earthquakes of 5.5
or larger.

In addition, we have a large database of common-purpose data sets, such as global
or regional digital elevation in various resolutions, global gravity anomalies,
regional magnetic field, global seismicity, ages of ocean floor, distribution of volcanoes,
hot spots, various seismic velocity models, and the coordinates of plate boundaries.

A Quiet Environment with Modern Facilities

Shown above is the approximately 1400 square foot MST
Solid-Earth Geophysics lab in McNutt Hall (see below).
The two rooms on the left hand side are student offices.

Shown below are some snapshots of the V.H. McNutt Hall, a
145,000 square foot facility named after a MST Geology and
Geophysics alumnus.

Please contact
Dr. Steve Gao and/or Dr. Kelly Liu for questions.