Last updated on August 12th 2016.

# 7. Data Inspection¶

Once waveform and station metadata has been downloaded (either with the built-in helpers or manually) and placed in the correct folders, LASIF can start to work with it.

Note

LASIF essentially needs three ingredients to be able to interpret waveform data:

• The actual waveforms
• The location of the recording seismometer
• The instrument response for each channel at the time of data recording

Some possibilities exist to specify these:

• MiniSEED and StationXML (strongloy preferred)
• SAC data and RESP files (needed for legacy reasons)
• MiniSEED and RESP files (this combination does not actually contain location information but LASIF launches some web requests to get just the locations and stores them in a cache database)
• Most other combinations should also work but have not been tested.

At this point, LASIF is able to match available station and waveform information. Only stations where the three aforementioned ingredients are available will be considered to be stations that are good to be worked with by LASIF. Others will be ignored.

To get an overview, of what data is actually available for any given event, just execute:

$lasif event_info -v GCMT_event_NORTHERN_ITALY_Mag_4.9_2000-8-21-17 Earthquake with 4.9 Mwc at NORTHERN ITALY Latitude: 44.870, Longitude: 8.480, Depth: 15.0 km 2000-08-21T17:14:31.100000Z UTC Station and waveform information available at 51 stations: =========================================================================== id latitude longitude elevation_in_m local depth =========================================================================== LA.AA00 44.4567283802 5.62467939102 0.0 0.0 LA.AA01 42.192951649 23.3492243512 0.0 0.0 LA.AA02 53.2426492521 16.0639363825 0.0 0.0 LA.AA03 34.5585730668 9.5857134452 0.0 0.0 LA.AA04 45.6821185764 15.1965770125 0.0 0.0 LA.AA05 50.2345625685 9.03513474669 0.0 0.0 ...  Note The local depth is allowed to not be set. In that case it will be assumed to be zero. For all practical purposes the local depth does not matter for continental scale inversions. It is furthermore possible to plot the availability information for one event including a very simple ray coverage plot with: $ lasif plot_event GCMT_event_NORTHERN_ITALY_Mag_4.9_2000-8-21-17


If you are interested in getting a coverage plot of all events and data available for the current project, please execute the plot_raydensity command:

\$ lasif plot_raydensity


Actually plotting this may take a fair while, depending on the amount of data you have. Keep in mind that this only results in a reasonable plot for large amounts of data; for the toy example used in the tutorial it will not work. It is not a physically accurate plot but helps in judging data coverage and directionality effects. An example from a larger LASIF project illustrates this: