Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Abstract (EDOC: 14114)
Lateral heterogeneities in the Earth's crust and mantle are demanded from seismic tomographic models, surface data and constraints derived from mantle dynamics. Nevertheless, such structural features are often neglected in GIA and only a 1D structure is assumed for the prediction of the earth's response to glacial loading as for the inversion of mantle viscosity. 1D model assumption is valid when focussing on vertical motions which are less sensitive to lateral variations in mantle structure but it is questionable for the prediction of horizontal motions. In this presentation, we discuss the consequences which arise for the deformational behaviour of the Earth's interior if we consider lateral viscosity variations. In particular, our study focusses on viscosity variations in the upper mantle including the mantle lithosphere.
(2009): The influence of lateral viscosity variations in the mantle on GIA induced surface motions. Abstracts, Geodätische Woche (Karlsruhe 2009), 50.