The Geophysics Unit is a team specialized in applied geophysics research. It generates information to contribute to the understanding of the structure of the Earth through the application of geophysical methods.

Our research is based on physical principles and we obtain images and models to indirectly characterize the subsoil. To achieve these results, field equipment and instruments are used, as well as softwares that collect and process the data obtained at the study site for subsequent interpretation. All this work is finally materialized in reports and cartographic products. Examples are thematic maps and data that are accessible to the Earth's scientific community, natural resource exploration researchers, and the general public.

Our Geophysics Unit has been working for several decades in the application of airborne and terrestrial geophysical methods throughout Chile. Within the latter we have the capacity to apply potential and electromagnetic geophysical methods. In the 1980s, the aereogeophysical projects began and recently the magnetometry and gamma ray spectrometry surveys, carried out in the years 2011 to 2017 every 500 m, are noteworthy. On the other hand, in 1998 the work of gravimetric cartography began, publishing its results in the Geophysics Series of the Geological Chart of Chile, which provides basic antecedents of the anomalies of the natural field of gravity in maps of Bouguer anomalies and residual.. Soon by the year 2021, the gravimetry of the La Serena Sheet, Atacama and Coquimbo regions, at a scale of 1: 500,000 will be published, as well as the gravimetry of the Ovalle Sheet, Coquimbo region, at a scale of 1: 250,000.


Data collection in field