Seismological Research Laboratory
The main goal of the Seismological Research Laboratory is to explain and model the seismic process in the source, the seismicity patterns and evolution, integrated into structural and geodynamical frames. Obviously fundamental research is required as background for applications of highest interest for society, such as seismic hazard assessment at regional scale and for local dense-populated areas, induced seismicity, or disaster management. On the other hand, the impetuous growth of observation data is challenging and stimulating the processing tools and the way of thinking on the seismic process. Major efforts are made at present to join the seismological research with researches coming from interrelated directions in order to face the complex and interdisciplinary problems raised by society.
National Seismic Network Laboratory
National Institute for Earth Physics (NIEP) ensures the seismological monitoring of the Romanian territory through the National Seismic Network (NSN), contributing directly to the seismic risk mitigation in the regions affected by strong earthquakes produced in the main seismogenic zones. Therefore, design and development of the NSN are very important tasks to implement reliable strategies for reducing of the negative impact of earthquakes.
National Data Center Laboratory
Romanian authorities have designated National Institute for Earth Physics as the National Data Centre (ROM_NDC) of Romania for implementation and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
ROM_NDC is responsible for operation and maintenance of the certified seismological station Cheia-Muntele Rosu (MLR) included in the auxiliary seismic network of the International Monitoring System (IMS).
Another major role of ROM_NDC is to provide Romanian authorities with technical advice on all aspects of CTBT verification, including assessments of events likely to create concern in the framework of compliance with the CTBT.
Study of the Structure and Dynamics of the Lithosphere Laboratory
The department is working since the INCDFP foundation, in 1994, and it has as principal goal the research of the lithosphere structure and dynamics at regional and local scale, employing seismic and seismologic methods. Subjects as dynamics of the lithosphere are also followed and study of the movements of the crust using GPS and satellite methods
Engineering Seismology Laboratory
The “Department of Engineering Seismology” is the “link” between seismology and earthquake engineering domains. The main directions of research are listed below. Besides of the research content the department has also soil testing capabilities as : two resonant columns (Drnevich and Hardin) with which we compute shear and elastic soil moduli, damping ratio of soil sample, all function of the relative strains in the soil deposit which is assimilated with strong earthquakes.