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We focus on the structure and evolution of the Earth from the core to the surface

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Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

Our research is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of Earth from core to surface. We study deep-Earth structure and dynamics, including the generation of Earth’s magnetic field, along with deformation and lithospheric processes in both the continents and oceans, with a strong focus on rheology, geochemistry, fluid-rock interaction and rates of processes. We use this knowledge to assess earthquake and volcanic hazards, and to better understand the evolution of other planets.

Our research is multidisciplinary spanning seismology, numerical modelling, geophysical surveying, geodesy, metamorphic petrology, high end microscopy and laboratory analysis, which is organised across the research groups below:

Deep Earth >
Geodynamics and Tectonics >
Planetary Exploration >
Rocks, Melts and Fluids >
Volcanology >

We maintain a diverse network of collaborations within the School, the University and at national and international level. Our members lead international research collaborations, organise and contribute to international workshops, convene thematic sessions at international conferences, and participate in panels and committees responsible for research strategy and policy.

We have extensive links with industry, including University spin-off companies such as GETECH, Rock Deformation Research and SatSense, and most of the major oil, gas and service companies.

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail please contact the Institute Director: Dr Phil Livermore.

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