Geophysics at the University of Alberta: A longstanding and vibrant tradition

MIRKO VAN DER BAAN DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA. MIRKO.VANDERBAAN@UALBERTA.CA Introduction Geophysical research at the University of Alberta has a long and rich history, starting in 1954, investigating both applied and fundamental questions such as: Why do the Earth and planets have magnetic fields? Can we forecast earthquakes? What was the climate like in the past? How did plate tectonics form the Rocky Mountains? How do we locate hydrocarbons and other resources underground? Does hydraulic fracturing cause earthquakes? Is geothermal energy an option for Canada? What happens to CO2 stored underground? The early years: The 1950s [...]