Geophysics is a natural science that involves the study of the physical structure and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and related physical processes. At the Oulu University, teaching and research in Geophysics are focused on Applied Geophysics, with emphasis on the use of geophysical methods in exploration and mapping of natural resources and in environmental and engineering studies. A central subject is Computational Geophysics, in which multidimensional numerical modelling and inversion are taught and investigated as an essential part in the interpretation of geophysical data. Lithosphere Geophysics is also taught and studied, dealing with the structure, composition and evolution of the Earth's crust and upper mantle, which are linked to the genesis and distribution of geological resources.
In the life cycle of a mine, geophysics plays an important role before opening the mine (mineral exploration and resource assessment), during mining operations (exploration for additional resources, environmental monitoring), and after the closure of the mine (environmental monitoring and mapping of potentially contaminated areas).
Last updated: 5.9.2014