XML Meta-Data

SeisIO can read and write the following XML metadata formats:

  • QuakeML Version 1.2
  • StationXML Version 1.1


read_sxml(fpat[, KWs])

Read FDSN StationXML files matching string pattern fpat into a new SeisData object.

s: start time. Format “YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss”, e.g., “0001-01-01T00:00:00”.
t: termination (end) time. Format “YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss”.
msr: (Bool) read instrument response info as MultiStageResp?

msr=true processes XML files to give full response information
at every documented stage of the acquisition process: sampling, digitization,
FIR filtering, decimation, etc.

How often is MultiStageResp needed?
Almost never. By default, the :resp field of each channel contains a
simple instrument response with poles, zeros, sensitivity (:a0), and
sensitivity frequency (:f0). Very few use cases require more detail.



Read QuakeML files matching string pattern fpat. Returns a tuple containing an array of SeisHdr objects H and an array of SeisSrc objects R. Each pair (H[i], R[i]) describes the preferred location (origin, SeisHdr) and event source (focal mechanism or moment tensor, SeisSrc) of event i.

If multiple focal mechanisms, locations, or magnitudes are present in a single Event element of the XML file(s), the following rules are used to select one of each per event:

1. preferredFocalMechanismID if present
2. Solution with best-fitting moment tensor
3. First FocalMechanism element

1. preferredMagnitudeID if present
2. Magnitude whose ID matches MomentTensor/derivedOriginID
3. Last moment magnitude (lowercase scale name begins with “mw”)
4. First Magnitude element

1. preferredOriginID if present
2. derivedOriginID from the chosen MomentTensor element
3. First Origin element

Non-essential QuakeML data are saved to misc in each SeisHdr or SeisSrc object as appropriate.