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Published September 2021 | public
Journal Article

Southern California Earthquake Data Now Available in the AWS Cloud


The Southern California Earthquake Data Center is hosting its earthquake catalog and seismic waveform archive in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Open Dataset Program (s3://scedc‐pds; us‐west‐2 region). The cloud dataset's high data availability and scalability facilitate research that uses large volumes of data and computationally intensive processing. We describe the data archive and our rationale for the formats and data organization. We provide two simple examples to show how storing the data in AWS Simple Storage Service can benefit the analysis of large datasets. We share usage statistics of our data during the first year in the AWS Open Dataset Program. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities of a cloud‐hosted archive.

Additional Information

© 2021 Seismological Society of America. Manuscript received 5 February 2021; Published online 16 June 2021. The Southern California Earthquake Data Center (SCEDC) is partially funded by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Agreements G19AC00296, G20AP00037, and CalOES Agreement 6012‐2017 with California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Southern California Earthquake Center, which is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Cooperative Agreement EAR‐0529922 and USGS Cooperative Agreement 07HQAG0008. This research was also supported by USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Grant G19AP00035 and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant Number 5229 to Caltech. The authors thank Joe Flasher and Peter Schmiedeskamp at Amazon Web Services (AWS) Open Data Program for their guidance with data hosting at the AWS Open Dataset Program. The authors also thank Marine Denolle and Tim Clements for their input and feedback working with the dataset. The authors acknowledge that there are no conflicts of interest recorded.

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