The Institute of Physics the Earth’s Interior & Geohzards (IFEGG) of the University Research Center (PEK) of the Hellenic Mediterranean University, is active in a wide range of research conducted in the scientific and technological fields of Seismology, Earth Physics and Earth Observation and Geoinformation.
In particular, it focuses its research efforts on the multidimensional study of seismic catastrophes, seismotectonics, earthquake prediction, multidisciplinary spatio-temporal seismic risk assessment and management, microzonal studies, the study of seismic sequences and the structure of the Earth’s upper mantle, in the mathematical simulation of flows, in the physics of geomaterials, in paleomagnetism and in the study of the structure of the interior of the Earth with seismological and observational geophysical methods (gravimetric, magnetic, seismic, electric, electromagnetic, radiometric), in determining the structure of the upper strata of economic, environmental and / or archaeological interest (archaeometry).
The research team of IFEGG has installed and operates on the front of the Hellenic Arc an extremely advanced Real-time Telemetric Seismological Network and stations for the detection of seismic-electromagnetic disturbances.
At the IFEGG there has been an uninterrupted scientific and research direction in the study of seismic phenomena and the Physics of the Earth’s interior since the end of the 90’s until today and material and human resources have been invested acquiring the necessary organology (field measuring devices, data transfer systems, systems processing, display and mass storage of data, etc.) and developing or acquiring the corresponding scientific software.
In the context of the scientific study of the research objects mentioned above, the IFEGG has constant and close cooperation with research teams from Greece and almost all the Mediterranean countries (with emphasis on the particularly close cooperation with Italy), as well as the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, USA and other countries. The current cooperation of the Institute with the Directorate of Natural Disasters of UNESCO is also remarkable.
Based on the aforementioned capabilities, IFEGG is able to provide and conduct with high added value the research activities and services listed:
Seismic hazard research in urban as well as unstructured areas, as well as in places of important and / or large infrastructures and technical projects, Microzonal city studies to minimize seismic risk, Study for the detection of pre-seismic signatures in areas of weak or intense seismicity, Investigations of seismic sources and strong soil movement in relation to the design of major projects and infrastructure, Seismotectonic analysis for the detection of active faults, Participation in research work related to the vulnerability of structures due to possible strong seismic load, mainly on issues related to soil impact, Design of emergency response scenarios due to possible seismic disaster, Seminars, lectures and publications aimed at informing the population about earthquakes and the means available for protection and reduction of seismic risk. Emphasis is placed on conducting lectures in Primary and Secondary schools, Geophysical Research, Problem solving in technical seismology and geology, e.g. determination of depth and topography of rocky substrate for the foundation of large technical projects (bridges, dams, ports, etc.), Seismic tomography and spectral analysis of surface waves, Geoelectric Tomography, Application of seismic reflection and refraction methods. Geological Physics Production and distribution of Thematic Maps (geological, land uses, geomorphological, hazardous, geophysical, etc) Production and distribution of orthophoto maps Production of Digital Terrain Models (D.T.M) Land uses and management Natural Disaster Management Monitoring and protection of geoenvironment and natural resources Spatial distribution, monitoring and timeless recording of geoenvironmental phenomena The research team of IFEGG consists of specialized researchers with traditional and successful scientific involvement and accumulated experience in the aforementioned research objects. It should be noted that the peculiarity of its composition lies in the fact that it harmoniously combines and efficiently optimizes the individual research experiences of its members. Direct proof of the accumulated experience and knowledge of the members of IFEGG results from the participation in the implementation of Research Projects, in relation to the proposed project natural objects, in the framework of National (eg PENED, PEP etc) as well as large-scale European European Research Programs (eg EPOCH, ENVIRONMENT, INTERREG, etc.), in collaboration with renowned research teams from National and European Universities and Research Institutions.