An online multi-platform open source environment for paleomagnetic data analysis

Mathijs R. Koymans*, C.G. Langereis, D. Pastor-Galán, D.J.J. van Hinsbergen

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This contribution provides an overview of, an open-source, multi-platform online environment for paleomagnetic data analysis. provides an interactive environment where paleomagnetic data can be interpreted, evaluated, visualized, and exported. The application is split in to an interpretation portal, a statistics portal, and a portal for miscellaneous paleomagnetic tools.
In the interpretation portal, principle component analysis can be performed on visualized demagnetization diagrams. Interpreted directions and great circles can be combined to find great circle solutions. These directions can be used in the statistics portal, or exported as data and figures.
The tools in the statistics portal cover standard Fisher statistics for directions and VGPs, including other statistical parameters used as reliability criteria. Other available tools include an eigenvector approach foldtest, two reversal test including a Monte Carlo simulation on mean directions, and a coordinate bootstrap on the original data. An implementation is included for the detection and correction of inclination shallowing in sediments following TK03.GAD. Finally we provide a module to visualize VGPs and expected paleolatitudes, declinations, and inclinations relative to widely used global apparent polar wander path models in coordinates of major continent-bearing plates.
The tools in the miscellaneous portal include a net tectonic rotation (NTR) analysis to restore a body to its paleo-vertical and a bootstrapped oroclinal test using linear regressive techniques, including a modified foldtest around a vertical axis. provides an integrated approach for researchers to work with visualized (e.g. hemisphere projections, Zijderveld diagrams) paleomagnetic data. The application constructs a custom exportable file that can be shared freely and included in public databases. This exported file contains all data and can later be imported to the application by other researchers. The accessibility and simplicity through which paleomagnetic data can be interpreted, analyzed, visualized, and shared makes of interest to the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Geosciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Paleomagnetism
  • Online
  • Software
  • Statistics
  • Interpretation


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