Open-Source Tools to Enable Geophysical Data Processing and Inversion (23w2014)


(University of British Columbia)

Lindsey Heagy (University of British Columbia)

Craig Miller (GNS Science)

(University of Liverpool)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Open-Source Tools to Enable Geophysical Data Processing and Inversion" workshop in Banff from July 28 to July 30, 2023.

Solving Earth science challenges like environmental remediation, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, critical mineral exploration, and groundwater assessment require top-notch mathematical and computational solutions that enable us to process geophysical data and build models of the subsurface that are in agreement with these data. The development of software tools that are freely available and easy to use accelerates research by enabling students, researchers, and industry professionals to apply them to solve relevant problems involving securing safe drinking water, providing renewable energy, and exploring critical minerals for a low carbon future.

Fatiando a Terra ( and SimPEG ( are two projects that provide open-source Python tools for processing and inverting geophysical data through a community-driven model of development. During this workshop, the two communities that develop and maintain these projects will join together to share the latest advances in their research and software packages. We will plan and design tools for solving common problems, explore new research avenues, design the software pieces needed to accelerate them, and nurture the growth of the two communities while increasing their diversity and fostering the active participation of early-career researchers.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).