Objectives

The Department of Geophysics has developed research activity on environment-related fields (Seismology, Physics on the Earth's Interior and Applied Geophysics).

Since 1981 a telemetric network of one central and 22 permanent peripheral seismological stations is installed and is in operation 24 hours/day, providing the public and authorities with data concerning the seismic activity in the broader area of Greece, as well as information on strong earthquakes all over the world.
 
Teaching Activity

The educational activity of the Laboratory is related to Seismology, Physics of the Earth's Interior and Applied Geophysics, for both undergraduate and post-graduate students .

Undergraduate Studies: 12 courses are available to the undergraduate students of the School of Geology , the School of Physics and School of Mathematics (see more):

Post graduate studies: Within the framework of the “Program for Postgraduate Studies”, since 1995 in the School of Geology, 14 courses are taught by the staff of the Laboratory and constitute the branch of “Geophysics” of the above mentioned program. (see more)

Research Activity

The staff of the Laboratory of Geophysics contributed directly to the solution of important problems of the Greek Society by participating in the development of the New Seismic Code of Greece, by advising the authorities for the antiseismic construction of several important technical structures, by giving lectures on seismic risk and other problems, by giving reliable information to the inhabitants and the Government during seismic excitations, by detecting sites of economic and archaeological importance, etc. Numerous projects have been conducted and are currently conducted on the following subjects:

  • Long term earthquake prediction,
  • Short term earthquake prediction,
  • Crust and upper mantle structure,
  • Propagation and attenuation of seismic waves,
  • Crustal deformation,
  • Palaeomagnetism and tectonics,
  • Magnetostratigraphy,
  • Archaeomagnetism,
  • Global seismicity,
  • Seismotectonics of the broader Aegean area,
  • Archaeometry,
  • Study of seismic sequences,
  • Seismicity of the broader area of Greece,
  • Seismic hazard,
  • Microzonation studies,
  • Dynamic fields,
  • Pure research on seismic methods,
  • Telluric field continuous monitoring,
  • Applied geophysics on the Hydrogeological and Engineering practice,
  • Applied geophysics on the detection of ore deposits,
  • Magnetotelluric prospecting.