Academic Seismic Portal at UTIG

Initiative Type: Infrastructures

Belém Statement Area: Ocean Observation

Initiative Location: United States of America

Time Frame: 2003-Ongoing


The Academic Seismic Portal (ASP) at UTIG serves up seismic and other data acquired on marine geology and geophysics cruises. Web access provides the public a unique opportunity to look beneath the world's ocean floor. Since 2010, MGDS has been part of IEDA, an NSF-funded data facility for solid earth geoscience data. On June 1, 2020, the Academic Seismic Portal repositories at UTIG were merged into a single collection hosted at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Content here was removed July 1, 2020. Since its founding in 1972, the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) is a world leader in expeditionary-scale geophysical research, conducting research in four broad themes: climate, energy, marine geosciences, seismology and tectonophysics, and planetary and polar geophysics. UTIG is home to more than 50 research scientists and postdocs — research entrepreneurs — providing a broadband of expertise that can do everything from conducting scientific ocean drilling to leading airborne radar studies of ice sheets. UTIG scientists supplement their fieldwork with computer analysis, modeling, and laboratory work. Whether collecting seismic data, responding to natural disasters, or searching space for signs of life, UTIG is there. When a deadly earthquake devastated Haiti, UTIG scientists arrived within weeks, assessing the damage, identifying future hazards, and advising rebuilding efforts. When Hurricane Ike hit Galveston and when Superstorm Sandy struck New York and New Jersey, UTIG took to the seas, conducting a rapid response survey that showed dramatic changes to the seafloor, information vital to the recovery process. And when the Galileo spacecraft sent back images from Jupiter’s moon Europa, UTIG used its knowledge of ice sheets to find a potential habitat for life hidden under Europa’s icy shell. Consider UTIG the CSI of geology.

Contact: Marine Geoscience Data System Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,

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