Australian Geophysical Observing System (AGOS)
Monitoring and understanding the physical state of the accessible crust
AuScope’s Australian Geophysical Observing System was funded through the Education Investment Fund (EIF3) and designed to augment existing NCRIS AuScope infrastructure with new capability that focuses particularly on emerging geophysical energy issues. It built the integrated infrastructure that facilitates maximum scientific return from the massive geo-engineering projects that are now being considered, such as deep geothermal drilling; in effect building the platform for treating these as mega geophysical science experiments. AuScope AGOS infrastructure enables collection of new baseline data including surface geospatial and subsurface imaging and monitoring data, thereby providing for better long-term management of crustal services, particularly in Australias energy-rich sedimentary basins.
The Geospatial Observatory is providing access to geodetic instruments that support the measurement of the deformation of the solid Earth. The Earth Sounding Network is providing a new generation of passive imaging and monitoring capability via a large pool of specially designed equipment. The Subsurface Observatory is allowing experimentation and subsurface data collection in and around existing boreholes. The Geohistory Laboratory is providing analytical equipment to unravel the thermal structure of the upper crust. The Inversion Laboratory is building open source computational software for geoscience inversion problems. The Geophysical Education Observatory is combining real time monitoring of the Australian continent as a tool for promoting geoscience education across the curriculum.