Ongoing Research at the Geophysics Programme
Mountain belts are one of the major features on the Earth's surface and have a profound influence on its inhabitants and their ways of living, amongst others by affecting climate and weather and providing attractive and unique habitats.
Heat from the Earth's interior is counted as both an environmentally friendly and underutilized natural resource. Geophysical methods are important both for mapping and understanding of geothermal systems.
Earthquakes give us as vast amounts of information about the Earth's interior, its structure and the processes - whether the earthquakes are large and devastating, or hardly visible for the most sensitive instruments.
Can carbondioxide be stored in bedrock reservoirs to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions? At the geophysics program both method developments and field studies are conducted to explore the possibilities.
Geophysics is currently one of the most important components in the exploration for minerals or other natural resources. But also to exploit them in a sustainable way.
Applied Geophysics covers a wide range of applications and methods related to exploration, archaeology, environmental investigation and much more. The scale of our investigations can vary from tens of kilometers to a few fractions of a meter.
Geoscientific information from the underground is expensive and drilling is often the only way to obtain samples and in-situ measurements. Since drilling on continents and oceans requires advanced infrastructure, two major international scientific programmes has been developed to support scientific drilling.
Various geophysical measurements are fundamental in both the modelling and monitoring of active volcanic systems.