KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE AND MINERAL RESOURCES
THE WORLD'S LEADING RESEARCH
INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE
The mission of the Geology Division is to observe, collect, and manage various types of geological data that are essential for understanding geological phenomena and efficient use of natural resources. The Geologic Research Center produces geological maps and maintains up-to-date geological databases on the GIS platform, and studies tectonic evolution of the Korean Peninsula. The Division is also conducting basic R&D activities on earthquake related faults, paleoclimate and Geo-Ecosystem, volcanic magmatism, and planetary geology. The Earthquake Research Center operates a nationwide seismoacoustic network and collaborates with stations in the neighboring countries for monitoring seismic activity and artificial blast periods. The Research Center is further engaged in development of new technologies for early earthquake warning and seismic hazard monitoring
The Geological Research Center is engaged in publication of geological maps, tracking of geological and tectonic evolution of the major crustal units in the Korean Peninsula, quaternary geology and evaluation of quaternary tectonic movements (Baekdu Volcano). Currently, the Center is focused on R&D activities on reconstruction of quaternary climatic changes and establishing quaternary stratigraphy and geologic environments, volcanic magma systems, and geology and tectonic evolution of the Moon.evaluation and duties such as registration and tractability.
The Earthquake Research Center (ERC) is actively engaged in research and development on natural and artificial earthquakes. ERC data and expertise helps government and communities work towards comprehensive preparedness against the earthquakes. ERC is also in charge of operation and maintenance of KIGAM's network of seismic and infrasound stations, including Wonju KSRS (Korea Seismic Research Station). Also, KISS (Korea Integrated Seismic System) is operated for the purpose of round-the-clock monitoring and data sharing on seismic activity in the Korean Peninsula. Recently, an integrated system for analyzing seismic, hydro-acoustic and infrasound signals, known as "SHI data fusion", was further built for the first time in Korea. Using this integrated seismic monitoring infrastructure, ERC performs assessment of seismic sources and seismic hazards responses, including the earthquake early warning system; strong motion simulation; focal mechanism solution; epicenter relocation; and seismic hazard estimation. Also, the Center, as Korea NDC (National Data Center) for CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization) to the UN, contributes to national security by monitoring and sharing information on nuclear tests.
The main objective of the Center for Active Tectonics is to conduct fundamental research to increase understanding of intraplate earthquakes cycling. We investigate evolutional history of the major active fault systems and how they affect segment geometry and earthquake rupture processes. For this purpose, we use a variety of paleoseismological methods, including subsurface geophysical surveying, trenching, and quaternary dating. We also work on overcoming existing constraints such as low-slip rate, long recurrence time, and hidden fault geometry beneath young sediment deposits of the active faults. We enhance research capacity using advanced research techniques, collaboration with neighboring countries, and academic exchange programs.
The Center for HLW Geological Disposal focuses on securing the safety of geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), involving comprehensive research of geological environment. We produce and verify nation-wide geoenvironmental maps, which can be used as a reference for site selection for HLW geological disposal, and are further involved in the development of procedures for investigation and evaluation of candidate sites. Yet another research area includes technology for conceptual design for the Underground Research Laboratory (URL).