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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Upcoming events:

Workshop on the origin and Evolution of Plate Tectonics
17-22 July, 2016, Locarno, Switzerland

Upcoming seminars:

- Click here to see the next GFD & geophysics seminars.

Open positions:

Click here to view positions open in our group. This page includes information about and links to EU Marie Curie and SNF fellowship programs.

BSc and MSc projects:

Click here to view descriptions of BSc and MSc projects offered in our group.

Recent publications:

- Liao, J., T. Gerya and Q. Wang, (2013) Layered structure of the lithospheric mantle changes dynamics of craton extension, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-6, doi: 10.1002/2013GL058081

- Tackley, P. J., M. Ammann, J. P. Brodholt, D. P. Dobson and D. Valencia, (2013) Mantle dynamics in super-Earths: Post-perovskite rheology and self-regulation of viscosity, Icarus 225(1), 50-61.

- Tkalcec, B. J., G. J. Golabek and F. E. Brenker, (2013) Solid-state plastic deformation in the dynamic interior of a differentiated asteroid, Nature Geoscience, 6, 93-97.

- Gerya, T.V., D. A. May and T. Duretz, (2013) An adaptive staggered grid finite difference method for modeling geodynamic Stokes flows with strongly variable viscosity, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14, 1200–1225.


Online research material & books:

- Click here to access pdf and ppt from recent seminar and links to visualisation of various geodynamical modelling.

- Click here to view the textbook published by Alik Ismail-Zadeh and Paul Tackley at Cambridge University Press. 

- Click here to view the textbook published by Taras Gerya at Cambridge University Press.

Some recent results:

- Convection in spherical geometry

A spherical version of STAG3D using a yin-yang grid
A spherical version of STAG3D using a yin-yang grid.

More research topics here.

A 3D-numerical simulation of thermal convection in the sphere
A 3D-numerical simulation of thermal convection in the sphere

We study flow and deformation ("geodynamics") of the solid Earth and other planetary bodies using computational modeling. Research covers a wide range of scales, from features that can be observed by a geologist in the field, to global, 3D spherical models, and a correspondingly wide range of topics, from crustal and lithospheric deformation, to the geochemical evolution of entire planets over billions of years.

The group is active in developing numerical approaches for this purpose using finite difference, finite volume or finite element discretizations, Lagrangian markers and multigrid solvers. We own a substantial proportion (1008 cores) of ETH's parallel cluster, Brutus.

Click here to view a short movie that summarizes our activities.


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