Helmholtz-Zentrum Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum

Prof. Dr. Claudio Faccenna

Prof. Dr. Claudio Faccenna
Haus E, Raum 424 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Head of Section 4.1 Lithosphere Dynamics

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

Topics: crustal deformation, orogenic belt uplift and exhumation process, dynamic topography, subduction tectonic and morphological evolution of convergent margin, trench migration and back-arc deformation, mantle convection, volcanism and fluid circulation in the crust.

Tools: Structural geology and geomorphology, experimental / numerical geodynamic modelling, paleomagnetism, seismic lines interpretation.

Field sites: Tethyan belt: Mediterranean to the Middle East (Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran), Himalaya (Pakistan), Andes (Argentina, Chile, Colombia), Antarctica.

Laboratory: I set up (1996) the Laboratory of Experimental Tectonics (LET) at Roma TRE. 


2021-present  Headof Section Lithosphere Dynamics at GFZ Potsdam

2011-present Full Professor at Dept. of Sciences, Università Roma TRE..

2019-2021      John F. and Carolyn C. Bookout Endowed Chair in Structural Geology, Jackson School of Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin.

2001-2010      Associate Professor at Dept. of Geological Science, Università Roma TRE.

1995-2000      Researcher at Department of Geological Science, Università of Roma TRE.

1997-1998      Visiting scholar at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA).

1993-1995      Post-doc at Université Paris VI and at Geosciences Rennes-Université di Rennes I.

1989-1993      PhD at Department of Earth Science, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

1984-1988      Graduated at Department of Earth Science, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

1989-1993      PhD at Department of Earth Science, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

1984-1988      Graduated at Department of Earth Science, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.


Projects: I coordinated several National and some International Research Project and initiatives. The more recent and prestigious one, is TOPOMOD, an ITN project funded by EC, where as main PI, I coordinate 7 European high ranked European Institutions.

 ** indicates main PI; * indicates local PI; title, funding agency and approx. budget in k€.


**2022-2024 : AdriaLab: Deformation and Topography of Adria (Prin, It.Ministery)           

**2019-2022 : Deformation and Topography on Middle-East (Prin, It.Ministery)                              

**2017-2020: Tethys Subduction system. Statoil                                                                             

*ECC 2016-2019: SUBITOP “Topography subduction zone". Marie Curie-ITN Network                

**2006-2017: “Heat flow and topography on backarc region”. Statoil                                 

**2012-2014: “Travertine porosity”. Statoil                                                                     

**2003-2016: “Travertine origin and evolution”. Different sources                                       

*PNRA. 2014-2016: Topography of Antarctica.                                                              

*PRIN - 2011-2014: “Topography of Calabrian Arc”. MIUR (It. Research Ministry)                  

**Ita-Israel 2011-2013: The Disconnection of the Mediterranean Basin from the Mesopotamian Basin and its relations to dynamic topography                                                             ~20 k€

**ECC 2011-2015: TOPOMOD "Tectonics/topography”. Marie Curie-ITN Network             

*ECC 2009-2011: CRYSTAL2PLATE “Plate tectonics". Marie Curie-ITN Network          

*ESF 2008-2011: TOPOMED. Eurocore TOPO-EUROPE "Calabria Arc". PI: R. Wortel                  

*ESF 2008-2011: VAMP. Eurocore TOPO-EUROPE "Anatolia Uplift". Main PI: M. Strecker    

*DPC 2008-2010: “Active faulting in Calabria”. Main PI: S. Barba. Dept. Civil Protection     

*CNR-CNRS joint project 2008-2009: “Seismicity on Convergent margin”. CNR                      

**PRIN - 2006-2008: “Evolution of the Calabrian Arc”. MIUR (It. Research Ministry)              

*Univ. Roma TRE-Univ. Munich Joint Project 2007-2008: “Modelling subduction”. MIUR       

*CNRS 2004-2006:  “Modelling subduction”. Main PI: S. Lallemand. CNRS (France)               

* Univ. Roma TRE-Univ. Aix-en-Provence 2002-2004: “Modelling subduction”. MIUR.                    

*INGV-DPC 2005-2007: “The Phlegrean Field”. Main PI: P. Papale. It. Dept. Civil Protection  

*PRIN 2002-2004: “The Campanian Volcanism”.  Main PI: A. Sbrana. MIUR                         

*GNDT 2001-2004 :“Seismic hazard Sicily”. Main PI: ML. Beranzoli. Dept. Civil Protection    

*GNV 2001-2004: "Structure of Phlegrean Fields". Main PI: G. Orsi. Dept. Civil Protection      

*PRIN 2000-2002: “Extensional Process in Calabria”. Main PI: M. Grasso. MIUR.                  

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

2023-present Member Scientific Committee, National Research Council, CNR Italy;

2021-present Member Scientific Prospective Committee, Université Sciences Sorbonne, Paris;

2019-2021      Member ScientificAdvisory Council, GFZ Potsdam;

2018-present  Member ScientificAdvisory Board, Center Earth Evolution Dynamics, Univ Oslo;

2015-2019      Member Governing Board Institute National Geophys. Volcanology (INGV) Italy;

2016-2018      Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Roma TRE

2013-2019      Coordinator of PhD Earth Science School at Roma TRE;

2011-2017      Member ERCGrant Advisory Panel Pe10;

2011-2015      Member of the Scientific Board of Institute Geophysics Volcanology, (INGV) Italy;

2014-2016      Delegate of the President of the University of Roma TRE for the scientific activity;

2008-2013      Member of the Roma TRE Panel for Scientific Library;

2008-2013      Coordinator of PhD Doctoral School at Roma TRE for Geodynamics;

2000-2008      Coordinator Erasmus Project at Geological Science Dept. Roma TRE;

1999-2001      Secretary Tectonic Session at the European Geophysical Society;

1996-2018      Responsible Laboratory of Experimental Tectonics (LET);

2018- present Editor in chief of G-CubedGeophysics, Geochemistry, Geosystem (AGU);

2014- 2017     Editor of Tectonics (EGU, AGU);

2014- 2016     Editor of Module Earth Systems Environmental Sciences Geophysics (Elsevier)

2009-2015      Associate Editor of Italian Journal of Geosciences;

2008-2014      Associate Editor of Tectonics;


Editorial Board:

2016-2020      Helyon

2016-2020      Journal of Geodynamic

2016-2020      Global and Planetary Change

2011-2020      Sociedad Geològica Espana-Geogaceta

2008-2020      Lithosphere

2004-2020      Geodinamica Acta


2019    Francis BirchLecture Award, Tectonophysics section, American Geophysical Union.

2017    Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

2015    Humboldt Research Award from Alexandre von Humboldt Foundation.

2014    Stephan Muller medal European Geoscience Union, Division Tectonics-Structural Geology

2013    Prix Viquesnel2013 Société Géologique de France.

2010    Galileo Galilei International Medal for Earth Science;

2008    Member of the Academia Europaea.

Visiting fellowhip

2018    Visiting professorUniversité de Aix-Marseille IIICEREGE

2016    Visiting Humboldt professor Helmholtz Zentrum GFZ Potsdam(Germany)

2015    Visiting Humboldt professor Helmholtz Zentrum GFZ Potsdam (Germany)

2015    Visiting professorEarthquake Research Institute-University Tokyo (Japan)

2014    Visiting professorUniversité Paris VI (France)

2014    Visiting professorUniversité Orleans (France)

2013    Visiting professorUniversity Southern California (USA)

2012    Visiting professorUniversité Grenoble (France)

2009    Visiting professorUniversity Southern California (USA)

2008    Visiting professorUniversité de Aix-Marseille III(France)

2007      Visiting professorUniversité de Montpellier II (France)

2008      Visiting professorUniversité de Rennes I (France)

2004    Visiting professorUniversité de Aix-Marseille III (France)

2000    Visiting professorUniversité de Paris VI (France)

1997    Visiting scholar Dept. Earth Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA)

1996    Visiting Researcher atUniversitè de Cergy-Pontoise (France)


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