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SKIPPY seismic recording stations (National Geoscience Dataset)

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.

Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703003617

Title: SKIPPY seismic recording stations (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This dataset shows the locations of the Australian National Universities network of SKIPPY stations. The SKIPPY experiment was commenced by the Research School of Earth Sciences in 1993 and continues to the present day. During the experiment, groups of broad band portable seismographs are deployed across regions of Australia to record the seismic energy from distant earthquakes. Each station has a unique identifier made up of the deployment mnemonic, eg. SA, SB, SC etc. followed by station number. The seismic data were then inverted to produce a number of Earth models; for example, tomograms of shear wave velocity to 400km depth and crustal models in the form of receiver functions. The first pass of the continent produced generalised tomograms for the entire continent. Subsequent deployments are aimed at increasing the definition of features in the tomograms that appear to be significant in understanding the structure and evolution of the continental sub-crustal lithosphere and the asthenosphere.

ANZLIC search words:

  • GEOSCIENCES Geophysics

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 112 -6, 153 -6, 153 -44, 112 -44, 112 -6,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -6 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 153 °
West bounding longitude: 112 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1993-01-01

Ending date: 2001-02-13

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84

Access constraints:

Internal use only

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Data quality


The dataset was generated from an ASCII file of SKIPPY station locations using Arcview.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:100,000

Positional accuracy is 200m and is defined using GPS.

Attribute accuracy:


Logical Consistency:

A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with current scientific information. Tests are also carried out on these data for data completeness, correct spatial representation, attribute accuracy, logical consistency and correctness, and where appropriate for compliance with Geoscience Australia's GIS data dictionary.


The dataset coverage is complete for the whole of continental Australia.

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

Metadata reference XHTML:

Metadata reference XML:

point items :-

feature 'SKIPPY_STN' for a valid station location

ufi unique numeric identifer

crustal_model Indicates whether the station supplied data that were

inverted for tomographic or crustal model

Authors:Drummond, B.J. Kilgour, B.