The Geophysics Section studies the tectonic and dynamic structure of the Earth using the methods of physics combined with the other geosciences – geology, geochemistry, petrology, geochronology and paleoecology.
Our main research areas comprise:
- Global Geophysical Modelling
- Global and Local Seismology
- Marine Geophysics
- Geophysical Imaging
- Volcanoes and Earthquakes
The Geophysics section carried out the first gravity survey of Ireland and through off-shore geophysical research enabled the extension of Ireland’s ocean territory by tenfold. DIAS is now a world leader in studies of the global structure of the Earth’s crust and mantle, and in volcano studies around the globe. As the last land mass on the edge of the European land mass for measuring seismic activity, DIAS – home of the Irish National Seismic Network – contributes significantly to the study of national, European and world seismology.
The Geophysics Section is also the National Data Centre (NDC) for Ireland’s contribution to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.