Geophysics & Seismology Laboratory


Technological Educational Institute of Crete,

The Geophysics and Seismology Laboratory of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (GSL) has been ceaselessly contributing to the advancements made the past 10 year in the field of Geophysics and Seismology in Crete. In the course of its activities over the years, a better understanding of the seismicity and the seismic risk of various areas of South Aegean were accomplished. At the same time a large number of microzonation studies contributing in seismic hazard mitigation was performed and many local seismic station networks for monitoring and determining the seismotectonic regime of the certain areas- were deployed. Certain applications of theoretical aspects of seismology to Greek data resulted in revised and/or local seismic intensity and seismic energy attenuation laws and in the determination of seismic source parameters for a large number of events. In recent years, major advances were made ίn the field of Geophysics, due mainly to the application of dynamic, seismic, electromagnetic and magnetotelluric methods. Emphasis was imposed on the application and of modern methodologies, i.e. seismic and geoelectric tomography, high resolution seismic reflection .

GSL is concerned both with the understanding the cause and mechanism of earthquakes and with determining the structure of the earth's interior, using seismic waves and other geophysical methods.

The group includes seismologists, geophysicists and rock physicists.

The mission of GSL is to:

Geophysics and Seismology both theoretical and applied are major areas of expertise, in which GSL has accumulated years of experience. GSL employs the most advanced technology available in Seismology and Geophysics. As a multidiciplinary quantitative research field, the new advances in electronics and computer technology are immediately adapted into the projects being carried out. Our greatest research strengths are in network seismology, tectonics, earthquake source physics, earthquake hazard research, exploration seismology, and theoretical seismic wave propagation, Seismicity and Aftershock Studies, Engineering Seismology, Earthquake Site Effect Evaluation, Earthquake Risk and Seismic Hazard Evaluation, Mapping of Earthquake Faults by Remote Sensing & GIS Applications, Seismic Data Processing, Modeling and Inversion

GSL maintains a seismological networks over the entire region of Crete and S. Aegean (frontal part of the Hellenic Arc). Its research staff also has extensive experience with rapid deployment, maintenance and analysis of temporary networks for seismological and engineering studies. Such expertise has been expanded through participation in national and international research programmes. GSL is able to offer its services in:

The development of Geophysical and Seismological is a scientific target of the research group in GSL. The Laboratory has an extensive and indigenous experience in the design, construction and maintenance of geophysical instrumentation and telemetric networks for surveys in seismic and volcanic areas and the continuous monitoring of geophysical fields. GSLs' research team to be involved in this project comprises an effective blend of highly qualified scientists in the research topics of seismology-geophysics, geophysical instrumentation and geoinformatics. The accumulated experience of the members of the Greek research team is a consequence of their extensive involvement in large number of national & international research programs, in co-operation with European and Japanese Universities and Research Institutes.
Over the last years the researchers of GSL group have participated in the following research projects

It is clear that a strategic objective of the GSL is the development of the research in Geophysics and Seismology to high and exemplary standards.