October 2014 | Status Report on the GeoPRISMS Data Portal

Status Report on the GeoPRISMS Data Portal: October 2014, Goodwillie A., and the IEDA Database Team (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)
GeoPRISMS Newsletter, Issue No. 33, Fall 2014. Retrieved from http://geoprisms.org

The GeoPRISMS data portal was established in 2011 to provide convenient access to data and information for each primary site as well as to other data resources. Since the last newsletter report, highlighted below are recent contributions of data sets and field program information of interest to the GeoPRISMS community.

Aleutian Arc

The EarthChem-PetDB database, now in release version 2.8.1, is part of the NSF-funded IEDA data facility and provides a global synthesis of chemical, isotopic, and mineralogical data for rocks, minerals, and melt inclusions. Guidance from a group of Aleutian arc investigators has helped identify high-profile geochemical analytical data sets for the Aleutian Primary Site to aid the GeoPRISMS community with data synthesis and interpretation. Geochemical data sets and sample information from more than twenty articles published between 1971 and 2010 have so far been added to the database by the EarthChem team (Fig. 1) and can be accessed via PetDB (Search by “Feature Name >Volcanic Arc > Aleutian”) or via the EarthChem Portal  (use the map-based ‘Set Location’ to define a polygon around your area of interest).
A second upload of Aleutian arc data will follow in early 2015, bringing the compilation of geochemical and mineralogical data sets to a total of nearly sixty publications. If you have suggestions for additional data sets or comments about the current data please contact the PetDB team at info <at> petdb.org.


High-resolution processed multibeam bathymetry grid surveys covering part of the continental shelf and slope offshore Washington state were contributed by GeoPRISMS investigator Paul Johnson. The swath data sets were collected during the seafloor mapping phases of cruises TN177 (2005) and TN207 (2007) cruises. Information on Cascadia Initiative Year 4 ocean bottom seismometer operations is also available. In addition, following a successful permitting process and an intensive installation program during the summer of 2014, station information for the Imaging Magma Under St. Helens (iMUSH) program has been added to the GeoPRISMS data portal and is accessible in GeoMapApp from the Focus Site menu (Fig. 2).


Multichannel seismic field data files, in SEG-Y format, were added for the 1974 International Phase of Ocean Drilling (IPOD) Site Survey line from Cape Hatteras to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The data set was collected on cruise GS1974 that was led by John Grow and Rudi Markl. Also for the ENAM region, a Calais et al. (2006) geodetic vertical velocity data set for North America was added to GeoMapApp in both gridded and tabular format. Details of the recently-completed ENAM Community Seismic Experiment aboard R/V Langseth will soon be added to the data portal.

GeoPRISMS Data Portal Tools and Resources

Search For Data – The customised GeoPRISMS search tool provides a quick way to find GeoPRISMS data using parameters such as keyword, NSF award number, publications, and geographical extent.
Data Management Plan tool – Generate a data management plan for your NSF proposal. The on-line form can be quickly filled in, printed in PDF format, and attached to a proposal. PIs can use an old plan as a template to create a new plan. We also have developed a tool to help PIs show compliance with NSF data policies.
GeoPRISMS Bibliography – With more than 730 citations, many tied to data sets, the references can be searched by primary site, paper title, author, year, and journal. The lists of publications can be exported to EndNote™. Submit your papers – just the DOI is needed – for inclusion in the bibliography!
GeoMapApp – Free map-based data exploration and visualization tool, updated with the release of version 3.4.1 in October 2014. Enhancements include an improved interface for plotting large tabular data sets – GMRT base map tiles that now load sequentially – a beta Save Sessions/Import Sessions function that provides limited ability to save, store and re-use an instance of a GeoMapApp session, a better capability to import multiple grids at once, and a range of other modifications and bug fixes requested by the community.
Version 2.6 of the GMRT base map includes newly-added swath bathymetry for the Cascadia, Alaska-Aleutians, and ENAM primary sites. A GeoPRISMS-focused webinar is available on the GeoMapApp channel and shows how to generate custom maps, how to explore built-in data sets of interest to the GeoPRISMS community, and how to import your own data.
Contribute Data – This updated web tool provides a simple way to submit grid files, tabular data sets, spreadsheets, and shapefiles. Once added to the GeoPRISMS database, these data sets become immediately available to the broader community or can be placed on restricted hold.


Calais, E., Han, J.Y., DeMets, C., Nocquet, J.M. (2006). Deformation of the North American plate interior from a decade of continuous GPS measurements. J. Geophys. Res. 111(B6), DOI: 10.1029/2005JB004253.
Syracuse, E.M., Abers, G. A. (2006). Global compilation of variations in slab depth beneath arc volcanoes and implications. Geochem. Geophy. Geosy., 7(5), DOI: 10.1029/2005GC001045.

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