Virtual Laboratory: Virtual Geophysics

VGL: Virtual Geophysics Laboratory

Lead Organisation: CSIRO

The Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL) is a scientific workflow portal that provides Geophysicists with access to an integrated environment that exploits eResearch tools and Cloud computing technology.


  • Geophysicists and researchers.
  • Scientists that want to simply focus on doing the science and not have to learn about HPC and cloud technologies.
  • Academics teaching geophysics and workflows.


  • A workflow that provides direct access to a large collection of datasets and models supplied by Geoscience Australia.
  • A workflow with a spatial environment.
  • Ability to select sub-set datasets of interest ready for download or for processing.
  • A “run your science” feature where you setup a processing job to analyse selected datasets.
  • Processing is submitted to the Cloud for execution and returns results into a Result Registry.
  • At completion of the simulation, you can retrieve results from the Result Registry for archiving, sharing and/or later use
  • Replicable simulations as data is collected throughout the workflow describing the steps taken, datasets used, versions of code and are registered in the registry.

“The speed at which we can now carry out our geophysical inversions was not possible before. It removes all of the pre-processing that used to take us days to complete.”

Dr Carina Kemp, Geoscience Australia

VGL is a collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and NCI, and is funded by the Australian Government’s NeCTAR initiative. It was developed in close collaboration with the geophysics user community and representatives from GA, CSIRO, ANU, Monash, and UQ.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.