Jackseis - manipulate seismic waveform archives

Jackseis is a simple tool to convert seismic waveform archive datasets. It can be used to downsample, to rename meta-data, to cut out time windows, to convert between different file formats, and to convert the sample data types.


Jackseis is a command line tool. For example, to convert a dataset with day-files into hour-files, you could use a command as follows:

jackseis <input-directory> --tinc=3600 --output-dir=<output-directory>

Jackseis will recurse into the input directory and read the meta-data of all files it can understand. It will then start converting the input files, station by station, in chronological order. The --tinc=3600 option tells it to create files of one hour length and the --output-dir=... option to store output to the given output directory creating files using a predefined naming scheme.

Configuring the naming of output files

If more control on the output file naming is needed, use the --output=TEMPLATE option. With this option, quite arbitrary directory structures can be created. For example, to pack subdirectories by year, network and station and create files as follows:


we would use --template='%(wmin_year)s/%(network)s/%(station)s/%(network)s.%(station)s.%(channel)s.%(wmin)s.mseed'. Jackseis will use the meta information in the waveform files to fill the template placeholders. It will create sub-directories as neccessary. Running Jackseis several times with the same output template will add new data to an existing dataset. Jackseis refuses to overwrite existing files, unless the --force option is given.

Further options

Additional options exist, e.g. to downsample (--downsample=...), to replace/rename meta-data (--rename-...), to cut out time windows (--tmin=..., --tmax=...), to convert between different data formats (--format=..., --output-format=...), and to convert the sample data types (--output-data-type=...).

Run jackseis --help to find out more about any of the available options.