Section 2.2: "Geophysical Deep Sounding"
Head of Section : Prof. Dr. Michael Weber
Aside from expensive drill holes, we have no direct window into the interior of the Earth. However, the deepest borehole only penetrates to 12,262 meters. This is only a pin-prick into the Earth's skin, when compared with the planet's diameter, more than one thousand times longer. If we want to understand the geodynamic processes within the Earth and its natural reservoirs, we have to depend on indirect measurements from the surface. In Section 2.2, we concern ourselves with geophysical sounding for such investigations, using seismic, seismological and magnetotelluric methods. We combine these methods using innovative procedures and interpret them together with groups of modellers. By repeating the measurements, we can monitor and follow changes in the geodynamic processes and conditions as a function of time.
We also operate the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP). ...more