Integrate space data into the Virtual Geological Observatory and Aus4D

Research Goal 2 is: Integrate space data into the Virtual Geological Observatory and Aus4D.

This develops Geoscience Node Leader Mueller’s Laureate-funded research on the Virtual Geological Observatory (VIRGO) into a four-dimensional (time and 3D space) view of the global Earth via deep-time data-mining of geological and EOS data (Aus4D). Attracting major interest from Geoscience Australia, this will enable studies of mineral, agricultural, water, and energy resources, address the evolution of the Earth and solar system, and searches for Martian and lunar analogue sites etc.

a. Generalise VIRGO

Generalise VIRGO to include EOS, gravimetric, and magnetic field data using the mathematical and computational tools developed under RG1c above.

b. Aus4D

Develop VIRGO into a compelling proposal for an ARC / Geoscience Australia (GA) co-funded Centre of Excellence for the geodynamic evolution of the Australian continent (Aus4D).