The 8 research teams involved in TOPOMOD cover the entire range of methods and scales essential for understanding the complex feedback between deep and surface processes of our planet. The working team is composed by:

– The Dep. of Geology of ”Roma Tre” University is recognized for its two-fold expertise: (1) geodynamics/ tectonics/structural geology with emphasis on the dynamics of subduction, the tectonic evolution of the Mediterranean and the study of the deformations in volcanic areas. Up-to-date comprehensive laboratory facilities are host for modelling of geodynamic processes, microstructural analysis, analysis of organic matter dispersed in sediments and InSAR analysis. (2) geomorphology, with interest on relationship between tectonics and morphology, slope processes, periglacial morphology and Quaternary stratigraphy

–  The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam is internationally recognized for its wide spectrum of research activities in structural geology, seismology and tectonics, particularly related to convergent plate boundaries, and for fundamental and applied research in seismic risk, earthquake engineering, and crustal deformation studies in regions of tectonic and volcanic hazards.

–  The Dep. of Earth Sciences of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH-Zurich), Zürich has an internationally recognized tradition of applying quantitative methods to geological problems and of modelling of surface/crust/lithosphere/mantle processes using multi-scale, multi-rheological codes.

– The Dep. of Earth Sciences of the University of Durham is renowed for its research in the fields of structural geology, magmatism, earthquake dynamics and numerical flow modelling from pore to mantle scale.

–  The Dep. of Geosciences of the University of Rennes 1 has a broad expertise which will be used in the frame of the TOPOMOD project: (1) to map geological and structural mapping at various scales including high resolution down to sub-meter scales; combined used of geological and geophysical data in tectonic analysis; (2) realize 2D-3D digital processing and modelling of field and geophysical data; (3) perform analog and numerical models to study the mechanics of brittle-ductile systems and their application to tectonics.

–  The Institute of Earth Sciences “Jaume Almera” of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICTJA-CSIC) is devoted to understand how the Earth works at different scales by integrating different data sets and methodologies in geophysics, geology, geodesy, and geochemistry. In particular, the TOPOMOD team strives to combine the acquisition of high-resolution seismic data, potential field data and surface geology, and to implement them into numerical models.

–   The Tectonics Group at the University of Utrecht is well known for the quantitative research of sedimentary basin (de)formation and of the coupling of lithospheric processes with surface processes. Research focuses on the understanding and prediction of the processes that control the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins through an integration of structural geological field studies, analog and numerical models.

– The Tectonic Laboratory Modelling of the CNR-IGG at Firenze will join the network as associated partner. This is one of the world leading laboratories carrying out research on the understanding of the geodynamic processes that control the formation and evolution of continental rifts and fold-and-thrust belts through an integration of experimental tectonic models, field geological-structural data and geophysical information. 

– The Dep. of Earth Sciences of the University of Parma will provide the following expertise in the frame of the TOPOMOD project: (1) detailed mapping and quantitative studies of fault zone the anatomy, and determination of the microstructural and petrophysical properties of cataclastic rocks; (2) constrain the kinematics of fault-related folds from growth stratal architectures and deformation patters; (3)  analogue modelling at both crustal and lithosperic scale and their application to tectonics studies.

–  The Section of Earth Science and Environment of the University of Geneva is an internationally recognized institution which focuses in particular on the study of sedimentary basins and surface processes, geological resources, exploration and the environment. Excellence in field-based projects, quantitative numerical models and ultra high-precision dating technologies are among the strengths of the department

–  Géosciences Montpellier (GM) is a Joint Research Unit (or UMR) University Montpellier 2-CNRS. The research conducted at Geosciences Montpellier is mostly focused on understanding the dynamics of both the Earth interior and the Earth surface (geodynamics), and on deciphering the complex coupling relationships between core, convective mantle, plate tectonics and sedimentary basins. From these fundamental topics stem several research trends concerned with natural hazards, oil reservoirs, water resources and environmental challenges

– The Institute of Geosciences & Center for Computational Sciences – University of Mainz is currently heading the Geocycles initiative, which aims at quantifying processes within the Earth, ranging from climate (and how humans affected the climate), to (volatile) cycles with the solid Earth. The research funded formed the basis for a successful DFG Excellence Cluster pre-proposal.  The purpose for the coming year is to strengthen Earth System Science research and hire additional faculty. Computational geodynamics forms an integral part in this as it can help quantify how deep earth cycles might influence the climate and how erosion affects tectonics. In addition to the Geocycles initiative, there is a current ongoing university research focus on computational sciences that brings together computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists and that focuses on applying numerical techniques to solve problems within the natural sciences.

Four associated industrial partners will complete the network.

Malvern is a leading company in the field of particle analysis and rheological instrumentation to address the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules.

- ENI is an energy company, committed to developing its activities in research, production, transport, transformation and marketing of oil and natural gas.

- TNO is an organization investigating how the space, the built environment and the natural mineral resources can best be organized, used and managed.

- G.O. Logical Consulting is a SME mainly concerning the development of new concepts for seismic interpretation based on analogue and numerical modelling.

Their participation will include active participation in the research and training by giving specialist seminars (all 4 industrial partners), courses (Malvern, G.O. Logical Consulting, ENI), aimed at illustrating the possibilities and modalities of transferring knowledge between academia and industry.

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