The Global Seismology and Tectonics Group is located in a complex of offices and laboratories in the northwestern corner of the fifth floor of the Gould-Simpson Building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. When we are not in the field, we are fortunate to reside in the Sonoran Desert, a region of fascinating geology and tectonics that includes a view through our windows of the Catalina Mountains, a famous “core-complex”.
The research computing environment of the Global Seismology and Tectonics Lab is a hybrid of several high-end Apple desktops with centralized home directory services, controlled by a Red Hat Linux Dell Power Edge 2850 server. This 2.8GHz CPU with 4GB of RAM facilitates geophysics specific applications as well as a total of 4.4 Terabytes of data storage. The GSAT Lab also operates (jointly with the USGS and Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology) the Global Seismic Network station TUC. The seismic data from the TUC stations goes to the Data Management Center at IRIS and is distributed to hundreds of users for Earth structure and earthquake hazard studies around the world.