EGU2020-10627, updated on 13 Dec 2023
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Towards data interchangeability in paleomagnetism

Christian Zeeden1, Christian Laag1,2, Pierre Camps3, Yohan Guyodo2, Ulrich Hambach4, Janna Just5, Pontus Lurcock6, Christian Rolf1, Sara Satolli7,8, Stephanie Scheidt9, and Sebastien Wouters10,11
Christian Zeeden et al.
  • 1LIAG, Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, S5, Hannover, Germany (
  • 2Palaeomagnetism Research Group, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France
  • 3Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
  • 4BayCEER & Chair of Geomorphology, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
  • 5Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 6Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy
  • 7Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Geologia, Università “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy
  • 8CIMaN-ALP – Alpine Laboratory of Paleomagnetism, Peveragno, Italy
  • 9Institut für Geologie und Mineralogie, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • 10Sedimentary Petrology, Liege University, Liège, Belgium
  • 11O.D. Earth and History of Life, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium

Paleomagnetic data are used in different data formats, adapted to data output of a variety of devices and specific analysis software. This includes widely used openly available software, e.g., AGICO/.jr6 & .ged, and PuffinPlot/.ppl. Besides these, individual software and data formats have been established by individual laboratories.

Here we compare different data formats, identify similarities and create a common and interchangeable data basis. We introduce the idea of a paleomagnetic object (pmob), a simple data table that can include any and all data that would be relevant to the user. We propose a basic nomenclature of abbreviations for the most common paleomagnetic data to merge different data formats. For this purpose, we introduce a set of automatization routines for paleomagnetic data conversion. Our routines bring several data formats into a common data format (pmob), and also allow reversion into selected formats. We propose creating similar routines for all existing paleomagnetic data formats; our suite of computation tools will provide the basis to facilitate the inclusion of further data formats. Furthermore, automatized data processing allows quality assessment of data.

How to cite: Zeeden, C., Laag, C., Camps, P., Guyodo, Y., Hambach, U., Just, J., Lurcock, P., Rolf, C., Satolli, S., Scheidt, S., and Wouters, S.: Towards data interchangeability in paleomagnetism, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10627,, 2020.


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