The Earth Physics area of the Research School of Earth Sciences investigates the structure and dynamics of the Earth, from the Earth's core to the climate system, applying modern physical and mathematical techniques in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Geodynamics, Geodesy and Seismology. The Division includes the Centre for Advanced Data Inference (CADI).
- Research in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics addresses the dynamical processes governing ocean circulation, mantle convection and plate tectonics, magma transport in the crust and volcanic eruptions, using mathematical modelling, laboratory experiments and computational modelling.
- Geodynamics and Geodesy research encompasses all aspects of deformation of the solid Earth and its fluid envelope, including development of models of Earth's past ice history, the effects of climate change on polar ice sheets, sea level variations, elastic tidal deformation of the Earth and more conventional studies of tectonic deformation through earthquakes, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, GPS, etc.
- Research in Seismology & Mathematical
Geophysics uses seismological and electromagnetic probes to understand
Earth's internal structure. A major field program of observational
seismology is providing new insights into the nature of the
three-dimensional structure beneath the Australian continent and its
relationship to continental assembly.
- The Centre for Advanced Data Inference has been established to exploit the TerraWulf computer cluster. The centre combines state-of-the-art computational techniques developed at ANU and high quality data sets to address fundamental questions in the geosciences.
Sub-surface ocean temperature and sea surface height
across the Equatorial Pacific Ocean.