OpenEarth Framework

The ultimate goal in geophysics is to derive a detailed 3D model of the Earth’s interior. To get there, we collect data, infer interior structures, and evaluate our inferences using computational models.

The OpenEarth Framework will enable us to merge together a much wider variety of data to provide a richer data context in which to infer structures and build better models.  The problem is inherently complex and the model we develop is inherently multidimensional, multivariate, and time-varying. Multidimensional interactive visual tools are essential throughout this process so that we may view groups of data sets, derive new data, infer structures, and analyze proposed models.  GEON is working to develop a set of software services that can respond to a “natural” request from users, such as:

“For a given region (i.e. lat/long extent, plus depth), return a 3D structural model with accompanying physical parameters of density, seismic velocities, geochemistry, and geologic ages, using a cell size of 10km”
Integrating a variety of multi-dimensional data in response to such a request requires a common framework. GEON is developing the OpenEarth Framework (OEF) to facilitate such integration.

The OpenEarth Framework will allow the integration of various data types and permit sophisticated visualization:

  • Standard DEM data and newer high-resolution LiDAR data, satellite imagery, street maps, geologic maps and other coverage data.
  • Derived 3D volumetric models and multiple isosurfaces with different transparencies
  • Slices through the volume
  • Variable gridding: data typically has lower resolution at greater depths
  • Bore hole or well data: record of the rock types encountered at different depths at a sample location.
  • Point observations.

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