Historical information

The first version of SeisComP was developed for the GEOFON program operated by GFZ.

Originally, SeisComP was designed as a high-standard, fully automatic data acquisition and (near-)real-time data processing tool including quality control, event detection and location as well as dissemination of event alerts.

SeisComP was further extended within the MEREDIAN project under the lead of GEOFON and ORFEUS 1.

Following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the GITEWS 2 (German Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System) project led to additional functionality being implemented to fulfill the requirements of 24/7 early warning control centers. Major changes in the architecture of SeisComP were necessary and many new features resulted in the upgrade of SeisComP to version 3.

Since 2008 SeisComP has been jointly developed by gempa GmbH, a spin-off company of GFZ and GFZ. Nowadays, gempa GmbH is the main SeisComP developing and service company.

Important SeisComP releases are shown below.

Version

Name

Time

1.0

February 2001

SeedLink 2.0 (plugin interface) Plugins for EarthData PS2400 and Lennartz M24

1.1

August 2001

SeedLink 2.1 (streams.xml, improved buffer structure); make conf/make key scripts LISS plugin, SeedLink-Antelope connectivity

1.1.5

January 2002

SeedLink 2.5 (multi-station mode)

1.16

March 2002

GIF live seismograms

2.0

October 2003

SeedLink 3.0 (INFO request, time window extraction) libslink, chain plugin, Comserv-independence

2.1

June 2004

Python add-on package (SeisPy) incl. AutoLoc2 chain plugin extension interface, triggered streams

2.5

March 2006

Integration of add-on packages, modular config script

3.0

alpha

May 2007

new architecture, new magnitude types, GUI

3.0

Barcelona

May 2008

Stability and performance improvements, improved GUI functionality

3.0

Erice

May 2009

New Earthquake Schema and performance improvements, improved GUI functionality

3.0

Potsdam

September 2010

New Inventory Schema and performance improvements, improved GUI functionality

3.0

Seattle

2012

New user friendly configuration GUI scconfig

3.0

Jakarta

2014

Completely Open Source, including all GUIs

4.0

AGPL

May 2020

Adopts the GNU Affero General Public License v. 3.0, (AGPL), support for Python3 and QT5