Virtual Geophysics Laboratory


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. VGL is a collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia (GA), and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and has been funded by the Federal Government’s Education Investment Funds through NeCTAR.

VGL version 1.1 brings together an increase of data from the National Airborne Geophysical Database (Gravity, Radiometric, AEM, Magnetics) and 3D models. v1.1 utilises cloud infrastructure provided by Nectar and NCI and computational codes provided by UQ (eScript), Monash (Underworld) and UBC (University of British Columbia). It is an open-access virtual laboratory which provides geophycists with ability to download, sub-set and process data with various computational and statistical methods in a generic/expandable platform.


  • 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.

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