Mining and Volcanoes: Two new work groups at the Institute for Geophysics

11.08.2010

Two new research teams started work at the university in July: The MINE project (MINing Environments: continuous monitoring and simultaneous inversion) and the POMPEI Projekt (Physics Of Magma Propagation: a multimEthodological Investigation) have added to the Seismology Department at the Institute for Geophysics.

The task to which the MINE project has dedicated itself is the development and adoption of current monitoring methods for use with mining and natural deposits. The localization and characterization of micro fissures, kinematic earth models, statistical analysis of spatiotemporal fissure patterns, as well as wave attenuation, are all part of the task. Dr. Simone Cesca is leading the project financed by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr. Eleonora Rivalta will receive funds of €1.5 million as a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her project POMPEI to characterize magmatic processes. The goal is to analyze the various phases of magma movement from reservoir to eruption. Theoretical and numerical models, as well as lab experiments will be used. Various volcano fields, geothermic projects or gas reservoirs will benefit from the practical application of research results. 

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MINE project