About the institute

Range of our activities according to the deed of foundation

  • Theoretical research and direct observations aimed at understanding the solid Earth and its surroundings (Earth’s internal structure and processes, its fields, Sun-Earth relations);
  • Development of scientific methods, instruments, measuring techniques and information systems;
  • Support for other institutes/organizations to solve geodetic and geophysical problems;
  • Continuous observations, data processing, international and national data service (seismology, geomagnetism, aeronomy, geodynamics);
  • Participation in the work and special programs of international organizations, fulfilment of duties in research and science policy associated with the international liabilities of Hungary;
  • Publication of scientific results, teaching, knowledge transfer towards the citizens of Hungary, organization of scientific conferences, meetings and workshops.

Visions for the future

Main intention of our institute is to be and remain a significant international center of basic research in geodesy and geophysics (geodynamics, physics of the planet Earth, seismology). Realization of our objectives is envisaged by preserving our efficient scientific topics, and their constant revival. Our programme for the next years is considerably based on the research directions defined and established decades ago. At the same time, the opportunities for international cooperation in Earth sciences have been considered as well. These are mainly the scientific activities aimed at the global understanding of the planet Earth and its surroundings and are related to the global environmental protection.

We are planning complex research projects for the investigation of deep structures of the Carpathian Basin within East Central Europe, the more accurate modeling of the ionospheric and magnetospheric structure and the seismological application of instruments commonly used in geodynamics by exploiting the opportunity involved in the cooperation of different disciplines pursued in our institute.

One of the most important tasks of our institute is the maintenance and operation of our observatory network. The majority of the Earth magnetic, ionospheric, geodynamical and seismological observations are digital. A primary goal of the next period is the substitution of the ever more expensive analogue data recording. The data processing and the publication of bulletin and annual reports should be updated accordingly.

 

Activity

The core research in the Geodetic and Geophysical Institute is the observation, modelling and interpretation of the physical conditions and processes of planet Earth, as well as the development of the related theoretical (mathematical, physical) and experimental methods and test instruments. The public responsibilities covered by our basic activity are: continuous observation of the solid Earth and the space around Earth (geodynamics, geomagnetism and aeronomy), maintenance of the national seismological network and service, provision of data associated with international cooperation, as well as operation of periodic surveillance systems. The activities of the Institution that have direct economic importance are the search for natural resources and the analysis of geological earth-physical risks.

New, strategic research topics have also been launched in the institute over the last few years. Among these the core topics are as follows: research of the deep structure of the solid Earth, the study of the effects of Sun-Earth interactions on global changes and the development and application of radar interferometry, which has revolutionized Earth observation, for geodynamic purposes.