Frequently Answered Question


How do I find the coordinates for stations?

I have a network code (e.g. XE), how can I find coordinates of stations?


FDSN Station web service

You can get a list of station information from the fdsnws-station service. For example:

Note that this service provides information from only that particular data center — the fedcatalog project can facilitate requests across multiple data centers, or see the Networks page on which incorporates this.


The IRIS MetaData Aggregator allows the IRIS DMC archive to be browsed by network, station, etc.

For instance:

Temporary Networks

Note that XE is a temporary network code, which means it may be reused once a particular deployment has finished (ie. this code is not unique!) For this reason you will generally need to specify a time period in order to get sensible data:

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