The Earth sciences mainly receive public attention during natural disasters, especially when people have died in an earthquake, a volcanic eruption or a tsunami. Why, the question is raised, are researchers not able to predict large earthquakes, or at least give some advanced warning. This, the evaluation of geologic risk, is one of the research fields investigated by Department 2. However, other fundamental geophysical research topics are just as important, because only when we know, what moves within the Earth, and in which form it moves, can we derive the laws which will provide the basis for predictions and warnings. A further theme is the exploration of resources such as geothermal exploitation. We investigate all these aspects of the Earth, studying both internal processes as well as its magnetic field, the near-Earth region and the hazardous space radiation environment.
Our mission and activities are summarized in the movie "The mobile solid Earth - geophysical research from the Earth's core to the magnetosphere". This clip was produced by AGU-TV for a series about internationaly leading research groups. Its premiere was at the AGU fall meeting 2017 in New Orleans.