What is EarthByte?

Various images of EarthByte researchEarthByte is an internationally leading eGeoscience collaboration between several Australian Universities, international centres of excellence and industry partners. One of the fundamental aims of the EarthByte Group is geodata synthesis through space and time, assimilating the wealth of disparate geological and geophysical data into a four-dimensional Earth model including tectonics, geodynamics and surface processes. The EarthByte Group is pursuing open innovation via collaborative software development, high performance and distributed computing, “big data” analysis and by making open access digital data collections available to the community.

The group is leading a range of research projects, including the STELLAR project in partnership with BHP (Muller, Seton, Zahirovic and Salles), aimed at further developing spatio-temporal data analysis for exploration, the PLATO Linkage project in partnership with Lithodat (Muller, Seton, and Zahirovic), three ARC Discovery projects on geodynamic modelling for mineral exploration (Rey, Chatzaras), volcanism east of Australia (Seton) and carbonate plateform dynamics (Salles), as well as two ARC Fellowships, one DECRA (Zahirovic) and one Future Fellowship (Dutkiewicz) on understanding the geological history of carbonate platforms through time and on deep-sea carbonate deposition and the carbon cycle, respectively. The group is also involved in the ARC Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and the Environment (Salles). The EarthByters lead the collaborative development of open-source virtual Earth software, including BadlandsGPlates, pyGPlates, pyBacktrack, GPlates Web Service and the GPlates Portal. GPlates enables the interactive manipulation and visualisation of plate-tectonic reconstructions, seismic tomography, geodynamic model outputs and other geodata through geological time. The GPlates Web Service delivers GPlates functionalities over the Internet as a service(SaaS).

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