Dr Matthew Purss

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Matthew is an experienced geophysicist, an entrepreneur and thought leader in emerging geospatial technologies. He has a strong and diverse technical background, gained over the past 20 years across the exploration geophysics, research and government sectors, with expertise in potential field and electromagnetic geophysics, global seismology, digital signal processing and geospatial standards development.

He is co-chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium's (OGC®) Standards Working Group for Discrete Global Grid Systems; which, is tasked with developing an international standard for interoperable multi-resolution Earth reference systems. These technologies are driving an emerging revolution in the way we organise, manage and integrate spatial data to derive new understanding about the world we live in.

Some highlights from Matthew's career as a geophysicist include:


  • development of a new forward magnetic modelling technique for application in regions of very high magnetic susceptibility;

  • Development of automated real-time monitoring systems for nuclear monitoring using global seismic monitoring networks;

  • Provision of expert technical advice to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on the application of integrated ground and airborne geophysical techniques (including CSAMT, TEM, IP, magnetic and gravity methods) to On-Site Inspections for underground nuclear explosions; and,

  • Leading the early development of the Australian Geoscience Data Cube - a High Performance Data (HPD) infrastructure that enables the efficient application of very large (petabyte scale) spatio-temporal datasets, such as the Australian Archive of Satellite Earth Observation data.

email: mpurss@pangaeainnovations.com