Research in Geophysics covers three main fields:
- Research in Seismology and Numerical Modelling
- Research in Experimental Geophysics
- Operation of the Seismological Observatory
Many of the individual research projects are part of the collaborative research centre (SFB 526) "Rheology of the Earth - from the upper crust to the subduction zone", which is an interdisciplinary scientific programme supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and involving different departments of the Ruhr-University Bochum.
The current seismological research involves a field experiment in the southern Aegean Sea named EGELADOS as an acronym for Exploring the GEodynamics of subducted Lithosphere using an Amphibian Deployment of Seismographs. Egelados was one of the Gigants of the Greek mythology. He was buried by a huge rock by Athene and still tries to struggel out from below. This is - according to mythology - the cause of earthquakes.
Students interested in geophysics can enter either the Bachelor or Master program of geosciences. Postgraduate Students can join our research teams as PhD students.