Earth and Marine Sciences Institute originates from the Earth Sciences Department that started its operations in 1983 under Fundamental Sciences Research Institute. In the period from its establishment to 1996, it accumulated experience and knowledge and strengthened its background in the field of Earth Sciences. In 1996, it was affiliated directly to TÜBÄ°TAK MAM. Since then, it has re-defined its goals and activity areas and performed its activities in parallel with the re-organization of MAM. In 1998, it became a Research Institute under TÜBÄ°TAK MAM.
Crust structure and site characteristics are generally studied intensely within the scope of geophysical imaging Technologies and researches have been accomplished in the areas listed below and Project based activities have been carried out.
Seismic Refraction/Reflection/Surface Waves, Microgravity, 3-Dimensional imaging by Magnetic, Electromagnetic, GPR methods; coal, geologic storage, buried fault, archaeo-geophysics. Engineering Seismology, Microzoning, Basement Vs30, Vp/Vs. Landslides, Active Fault Mapping and Monitoring, Borehole geophysics, ground based SAR, LIDAR. Basin, Crust and Upper Mantle Studies by Active/Passive/Seismic Tomography, Surface Waves, receiver Functions, Anisotropy, Gravity and MT methodologies. Geothermal reservoir Imaging and Monitoring by Active/Passive Seismology, Seismic, Electromagnetic, Gravity and Magnetic methods. Marine Geophysics: Sea Bottom Bathymetry, Marine Seismic, Gravity, Magnetic, Underwater Ambient Noise.
Geophysical Imaging Technologies Strategical Business Unit operates by a team of 11 people with its researcher team (27% Ph.D: 45% M.Sc) and technicians.. It takes part in a collaboration network with universities, Metropolitan Municipalities such as Istanbul, Kocaeli and Bursa and state organizations such as Turkish Coal Enterprise and Turkish Petroleum Corporation.