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Supports laboratory, field, theoretical and computational research on the physics of solid earth, from the surface to the interior of the Earth, exploring composition, structure and processes.


The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth's surface to its deepest interior. The program’s disciplinary focus spans geodesy, geodynamics, geomagnetism, heat flow, mineral physics, potential fields, seismology, rock mechanics and deformation. Within these fields, the program encourages a wide range of laboratory, field, theoretical, and/or computational studies, and encourages new methods, approaches and innovative research directions. Research questions the program addresses include but are not limited to 1) understanding geohazards, such as the fundamental geophysical processes underpinning earthquakes, volcanoes and mass flows; 2) crustal and lithospheric structure and dynamics including faulting, subduction, rifting and mountain-building processes; 3) mantle composition, structure, dynamics and evolution; 4) core structure and dynamics, geodynamo, and core-mantle interactions; 5) global and planetary-scale processes, early Earth formation and evolution, isostatic adjustment, and the magnetic field.

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Eva Zanzerkia
Program Director
ezanzerk@nsf.gov (703) 292-4734 GEO/EAR
Elizabeth Hearn
ehearn@nsf.gov 7032928550 GEO/EAR
Wendy Panero
wpanero@nsf.gov (703) 292-5058 GEO/EAR

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