Department of Earth Physics

Head of department: Peter KOVÁCS Ph.D.
Address: 1145 Budapest, Tallér u. 1/b.
Phone: (36-1-)252-4999

The department concerns with the study of the magnetic and gravity fields of the Earth by observatory methods and national geophysical networks, geodynamic monitoring, paleomagnetic research, investigation of near-Earth space environment, development of geothermal recording sensors and geophysical modelling.

Gravity and magnetic field anomalies and their variations provide information about the inner structure of the Earth from the surface to the core and the Solar System. Observations of the spatial and temporal variations of these fields play significant role in mineral exploration, studies of Earth-tide phenomena and physical processes of the Sun-Earth system.

In our Paleomagnetic Laboratory the following investigations are carried out: measurement of magnetic susceptibility, remanent magnetization and rock-magnetic experiments mainly for plate-tectonic interpretation. 

Geothermal research is aimed at providing a scientific support for the utilization of terrestrial heat by measurements and modelling.

The high-precision instrument park and the geophysical data bases of our department provide a sound basis for the manifold services we can offer in the field of applied geological exploration, environmental protection problems, archeological and other near-surface cavity investigation and instrument development and testing.

Fields of research:

Observatories, laboratories, networks maintained by the Department

Current and past projects:

  1. European Space Agency PECS AO/1-7925/14/NL/NDe (2015-2017)
    Exploitation of SWARM data for space weather monitoring purposes
  2. OTKA (2013-2016): Time relations of large scale displacements and internal deformations of tectonic units as manifested in paleomagnetic rotations, brittle structures and magnetic fabric
  3. STORM EU FP7 (2013-2015):Solar system plasma Turbulence:  Observations, inteRmittency and Multifractals ellite magnetic records
  4. PLASMON EU FP7 (2011-2014): A new, ground based data-assimilative modeling of the Earth's plasmasphere - a critical contribution to Radiation Belt modeling for Space Weather purposes
  5. Orosz-magyar akadémiai kutatócsere (2011-2013) Observations of impulsive coupling between the atmosphere and magnetosphere at micro-satellites and on the ground stations.
  6. OTKA (2008-2013): Study of nonlinear and pulsation magnetohydrodynamical processes in the near-Earth region by the aid of geomagnetic and in-situ sat
  7. OTKA (2009-2013): Magnetic, geochemical and mineralogical study of airborne dust
  8. HUNGARIAN – SOUTH AFRICAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL  S&T  COOPERATION PROGRAMME TÉT_10-1-2011-0025, 2010-2011; Conjugate studies of ULF waves
  10. HUNGARIAN – CROATIAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL  S&T  COOPERATION PROGRAMME 2009-2011; Joint Croatian-Hungarian Geomagnetic Repeat Station Survey and Joint Geomagetic Field Model
  11. HUNGARIAN –   INTERGOVERNMENTAL  S&T  COOPERATION PROGRAMME FOR 2009 – 2010; USGS-ELGI cooperation on development of  vector magnetometers and new geomagnetic index
  12. HUNGARIAN – SOUTH AFRICAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL  S&T  COOPERATION PROGRAMME ZA-5/2007, OMFB-00 300/2008, 2008-2009; Studies of geomagnetic pulsations recorded at conjugate stations. A contribution to the International Heliophysical and Polar Years
  13. DAAD 5/2007 német-magyar projektpályázat (2008-2009)
    Space-ground comparative study of ULF waves


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