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Geophysics Research Group

A research group of the Department of Earth Sciences.

Group Statement

Durham University has a long and distinguished reputation for geophysical research into the solid Earth. The group has expanded in recent years, and current research activities span all scales from mantle dynamics to sediment compaction. Our particular strengths are in global geodynamics, marine geophysics, exploration geophysics, and sediment geomechanics:

  • Global geodynamics - numerical modelling of present and early Earth dynamics including plate-mantle interaction, subduction zones, mantle plumes, and melting anomalies; critical evaluation of mantle plume hypotheses; volcanic earthquakes.
  • Marine geophysics - plate kinematics; tectonic and volcanic processes at mid-ocean ridges; continental margins, ocean islands, and lithospheric flexure; design and development of seabed instrumentation platforms; seismic oceanography.
  • Exploration geophysics - high-resolution sub-surface imaging; sub-basalt imaging, synthetic seismograms; interpretation of 3D seismic reflection data; geothermal prospecting.
  • Sediment geomechanics - compaction, overpressure, and fluid flow in sedimentary basins; faulting processes; emplacement of igneous intrusions.
  • Seismic inversion modelling - joint inversion seismic simulation for complex models, Bayesian uncertainty analysis


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