Section 2.5: "Geodynamic Modelling"
Head of Section : Dr. Stephan V. Sobolev
Our aim is quantitative understanding of the key processes operating in the solid Earth at a large range of spatial and temporal scales at plate boundaries (subduction, collision, rifting and transform faults), within the plates (plumes and large igneous provinces) and in deeper mantle (mantle convection) which are constrained by the multidisciplinary surface observations acquired by the GFZ and international scientific community.
The Earth sciencies also profit from the rapid advances in computer technology. In Section 2.5, we use modern, powerful computers to simulate the movements within the Earth. In our models we introduce innovative know how from the topic area thermomechanical modelling. Our specialty is models with which we can simulate the interplay of those processes which take place on completely different scales in time and space. These integrated-scale models are applied in investigations of the deformation processes at plate boundaries in three dimensions. In addition, our models contribute to the understanding and estimation of natural hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis.