Department of Earth Sciences


Geophysics is about "looking into" and understanding the Earth's structure, its history and processes - based on measurements of the Earth's physical properties.

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Research in Geophysics

In geophysics we use quantitative physical methods to investigate the Earth and its environment. We measure natural and man-made ground vibrations (seismic waves), magnetic and electromagnetic fields, gravity, the shape of the Earth and other physical parameters and use these together with sophisticated computer modelling and processing methods in order to investigate the Earth’s internal structure and dynamics. Measurements are made on the surface, in boreholes, and from boats, aircraft and satellites. Geophysics is important commercially in prospecting for minerals, water, oil, and gas, for studying earthquakes and in environmental applications such as monitoring groundwater pollution. More academic research targets include the geological evolution of Sweden, the very deep composition of the Earth, and large scale deformation processes (plate tectonics).

Swedish National Seismic Network

The Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSN) currently consists of 60 modern broad-band seismic stations spread across the country, from Skåne in the south to Lannavaara in Lapland in the north. All stations are connected to a central computer in Uppsala via dial-up modem or internet.

The main aim of the seismological network is to collect seismological data from Swedish earthquakes (about 500-700 quakes per year), as well as from larger earthquakes outside Sweden.

ContactReynir Bödvarsson

More information is available in Swedish on the SNSN website.

PhD Studies

Uppsala University has one of the most comprehensive academic departments of Earth Sciences in Europe, according to international assessments. Its unique width in education and research, and its extensive global fieldwork, contribute to our knowledge about the properties, systems and development of planet Earth.

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Master's Programme

The Geophysics Programme offers a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from field work, instrumentation, and data analysis to theory, method development, and computational techniques. We offer a challenging education in an active research environment with ample opportunity for students to become involved in a dynamic research group.

Master's Programme in Geophysics