Gravity and GPS survey, Bolivia

Geophysics uses physical properties of the solid Earth to measure structure and processes on scales from the single crystal to the entire planet.

Our research covers pure and applied geophysics, with connections to mineral physics, geodynamics, planetary sciences, volcanology and engineering.

The geophysics group has led field experiments on most continents in a range of geologic settings. We have strong ties with industry, with research interests in mining, oil and gas, and water resources. The group tackles fundamental research problems through a number of joint industry projects and EU networks. We own and operate a wide breadth of geophysics equipment, which enhances our research and teaching.

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Members of the Bristol Geophysics group use gravity, seismic and satellite data to image the Earth in a variety of different contexts. These include the Earth's core, mantle and tectonic processes, volcanoes, oil and gas reservoirs and mines.

Seismic station, Aluto, Ethiopia
Seismic station, Nabro Volcano, Eritrea
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