The Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) is an independent research institute. With geophysical methods we explore structures and processes in the upper part of the Earth’s crust that are relevant to and influenced by mankind. Research in the field of Applied Geophysics is important to face challenges of the future such as the exploration, sustainable supply, and conservation of essential natural resources. It is also important to assess geohazards. Our research contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. LIAG is a public-law institution. It is financed by state, federal, and third-party funds.
LIAG is a member of “Section E: Environmental Research” of the Leibniz Association. It is the only institute of the Leibniz Association that explores the upper part of the Earth’s crust by using geophysical methods and techniques. Earth system research of the Leibniz Association focuses on the hydro-, litho- and atmosphere; research fields that are closely interlinked with human activities.
LIAG was established as an independent research institute in 1999. Previously, it was a department of the Geological Survey of Lower Saxony. This department was founded in 1948 by the Höchster Agreement.
Today LIAG and the Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources (BGR) as well as the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) constitute the GeoZentrum Hanover (GZH).