Geophysics is a discipline of earth sciences that employs physical measures and physic mathematic models to explore, analyze and comprehend the structures and dynamics of our planet, including its interior, the ocean and the atmosphere. The discipline also sets out challenges that geophysicists intend to resolve integrating theoretical and numeric modeling, in addition to data obtained by sophisticated measurement systems.
The location of our country offers unique opportunities for geophysics research oriented towards understanding and resolving of problems related to the Andean region and the interaction between oceans, the atmosphere, and earth.
The Department of Geophysics (DGF), with over 50 years of trajectory, provides all the necessary services for research and education and is also a branch of the National Seismic Center.
|Staff in charge|
|Director||Dr. Ricardo Muñoz|
|Subdirector||Dr. Emilio Vera|
|Teaching coordinator||Dr. Emilio Vera|
|Postgraduate coordinator||Dr. Sergio Ruiz|
The Department of Geophysics provides for a bachelor degree, two masters, a doctorate, and three minors. Importantly, the DGF is the only center in Chile that directs Geophysics postgraduates. It also houses the National Seismological Center which manages the national network of seismic stations, receiving important and timely information related to earthquake observation in Chile.
DGF researchers concentrate their efforts on understanding both phenomena as well as processes that occur on the earth. These lines of research are:
Atmospheric Sciences: seeks to understand the phenomena and atmospheric processes that occur in Chile, South America and adjacent oceans, in time frames that span one day to hundreds of years. Noteworthy in this field are the researchers in climate dynamics (including variability and climate change), synoptic meteorology, atmospheric boundary layer processes, and atmospheric chemistry.
Solid Earth: related to seismology, seismotectonics, geodynamics, and the exploration of natural resources (minerals, water, gas) through the use of geophysics mining techniques such as seismic methods, gravimetrics and electrical.
The research area is divided into:
The tasks of the Department of Geophysics include not only teaching and research, but it also carries out a series of actions to publicize scientific knowledge of the discipline.
|Secretary||Carmen Gloria Becerra|
|Address||Av. Blanco Encalada 2002, Santiago, Chile|