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The studies for Recent Crustal Movements by the aid of space geodesy techniques are integrated into the researches on the Earth’s crust dynamics, as a reflection of the complex geodynamic phenomena that occur in the crust and in the subcrustal lithosphere. In addition to the fundamental nature, the research in this field presents a practical characteristic, competing alongside geology and geophysics to the shaping of new energy sources or solid mineral substances, to the determination of the soil stability degree in inhabited areas or in those in which large industrial targets and utilities are intended to be placed in. The knowledge of movements affecting the Earth’s upper crust, movements that precede, accompany or follow the earthquakes, is also a topical issue. The paper presents some of the most important research projects developed in Romania, which were based on the measurement data obtained exclusively by space geodesy methods. There are presented some of the most significant results achieved in the framework of each research project together with the limitations imposed by the used acquisition technology. In chronological order are mentioned first GPS measurements in Romania, started in 1994, in a network centered on the Dealul Piscului observatory, followed by Romania's involvement in a regional geodynamic project, CERGOP and finally a major international project, CRC461, also continued after 2003 with the continuous help of the University of Delft (Nederland), a project that led to the development of an extended network of GPS permanent stations in Romania, all in operating status and whose results are a valuable support for the geodynamic studies. There are made brief references to the first application of the Finite Element Method in a GPS subnet from the Vrancea extended network together with some of the most important obtained results. The strong earthquakes with their catastrophic consequences, which have taken place in recent years on a global scale, similar to that of 4 March 1977 in Romania, have fully demonstrated the need for the knowledge of these types of crust movements in order to contribute, together with other methods, to solve the very complex problem of the earthquake forecasting.


recent crustal movements space geodesy methods GPS Earth’s crust

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Dr. Narvic Doru Mateciuc, National Institute for Earth Physics

Mateciuc.JPGFirst Name: Doru Narvic, Surname: Mateciuc,

Birthdate: 1959, Oct 5th, Nationality: Romanian, Title of qualification awarded: Geophysicist Engineer (University of Bucharest), PhD in Physics (University of Bucharest), Type of business or sector: Scientific research, Senior Researcher, Employer(s): INFP, Romania (Prospectiuni S.A., Romania), Language(s): English (Understanding - Listening, Reading - C1, Speaking - B2, Writing - C1), Computer skills and competences: MSWindows software, MSOffice, Corel applications, audio and video processing software, applications in LINUX platforms, Software development:  strain parameters computing in a network of GPS geodetic observatories, Windows Application Development, Artistic skills and competences: Photography: from celluloid support B/W and colour film to digital photography - complete processing, Papers (including presentations): 66, Books: 3 (first author: 1, coauthor: 1, scientific reviewer: 1).

Dr. Andrei Bălă, National Institute for Earth Physics


Official address: National Institute for Earth Physics, 12 Calugareni str., 077125, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania;

  1. NATIONAL INSTITUTE of Research and Development for EARTH PHYSICS /  1979 - Present;  senior research geophysicist

Field work: Study of the lithosphere structure and physical properties from seismic refraction and seismological data.

Work in international projects: dr. Andrei Bala  took part in the Cooperative Research Centre 461, Strong Earthquakes: A Challenge for Geosciences and Civil Engineering.  This program was active between 1997 - 2007 and it was a bilateral co-operation program between Karlsruhe University and National Institute for Research and development for Earth Physics (NIEP), Bucharest, Romania.

In the period 2006 - 2009 dr. Andrei Bala activate as Co-director of the NATO SfP Contract 981882, Site-effect analyses for the earthquake-endangered metropolis Bucharest, Romania, in cooperation with Karlsruhe University, Germany.

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