The Earth’s interior and its surface are in a constant process of interaction. Often slowly, on very large time scales, but often visible in catastrophic events like earthquakes and volcanism. And human society changes the Earth’s surface in an even faster pace than natural processes do. We utilize the subsurface for public infrastructure and rapidly exhaust the known mineral and energy resources that have been stored for millions of years in Earth’s interior.
Connecting the interior to the surface
A central theme is quantifying the interaction between deep (mantle) and shallow (crust/surface) processes. Through this, we aim to understand the present-day structure and dynamic state of our planet. Our strong mathematical and physical background leads to new imaging and modelling techniques usable for geo-exploration and mitigation of natural disasters.
Understanding inner-Earth processes
In trying to understand the inner-Earth processes, we engage questions such as: how did planet Earth evolve from its early formation until its present-day complexity? Why is Earth so different from other planets? How do mountain belts and sedimentary basins form and shape? How can we image what’s under our feet, but too deep to reach (or too costly just to try)? How and where can we best search for our valuable and scarce resources?