Professor Todd Ehlers of Tübingen University’s Geoscience Department will receive a European Research Council Consolidator Grant of €2m over five years for his project titled: EXtreme Tectonics and Rapid Erosion in Mountain Environments (EXTREME).
Ehlers’ research focuses on the movement and deformation of continental plates – and the effects these processes have on climate and erosion. Plate boundaries are areas of particular activity, resulting in earthquakes, landslides, and extreme weather conditions. Research into plate deformation is aimed at predicting and mitigating the danger to humans.
The interplay of climate and tectonics at plate corners is at the heart of Ehlers’ research. He challenges the notion that rapid deformation at plate corners is caused from the top down by factors like erosion; he works on the premise that deformation comes from below, where continental plates collide. Subducting plates buckle not just in two dimensions, but in three – and can produce major deformation in the plate above. However, studies of mountain building and erosion are complicated because when tectonic processes build large mountains such as the Himalaya or the Andes their topographic development modifies global climate over millions of years. Ehlers’ proposal investigates the links between tectonic, climate, and erosional processes during mountain building.
The EXTREME project will develop a coupled 3-D thermomechanical model of plate boundaries’ physical changes over time with corresponding models of the atmosphere and mountain erosion. The models will be integrated with geologic data and optimised using comparisons with past tectonic and climate events in the Himalaya, Alaska, the Olympic Mountains in the northwest USA and the Andes.
Professor Todd Ehlers came to Tübingen in 2009 from the University of Michigan where he was formerly a professor. He heads the Earth System Dynamics research group.
The European Research Council awards Consolidator Grants to experienced researchers to help them build an independent career and their own team of researchers. The aim is to promote creative, younger academics and to bring new ideas into fields of research. Each project is financed with up to €2m for up to five years.
Dr. Karl Guido Rijkhoek | idw
LandKlif: Changing Ecosystems
06.07.2018 | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
“Future of Composites in Transportation 2018”, JEC Innovation Award for hybrid roof bow
29.06.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.
To rule out other origins with certainty, the team led by neutrino physicist Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich and multi-wavelength...
For the first time a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Physicists of the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden and the University of Cologne can now better study and understand the properties of these magnetic structures, which are important for both basic research and applications.
Whirlpools are an everyday experience in a bath tub: When the water is drained a circular vortex is formed. Typically, such whirls are rather stable. Similar...
Physicists working with Roland Wester at the University of Innsbruck have investigated if and how chemical reactions can be influenced by targeted vibrational excitation of the reactants. They were able to demonstrate that excitation with a laser beam does not affect the efficiency of a chemical exchange reaction and that the excited molecular group acts only as a spectator in the reaction.
A frequently used reaction in organic chemistry is nucleophilic substitution. It plays, for example, an important role in in the synthesis of new chemical...
Optical spectroscopy allows investigating the energy structure and dynamic properties of complex quantum systems. Researchers from the University of Würzburg present two new approaches of coherent two-dimensional spectroscopy.
"Put an excitation into the system and observe how it evolves." According to physicist Professor Tobias Brixner, this is the credo of optical spectroscopy....
Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, they can determine both factors with attosecond accuracy.
Free-electron lasers (FELs) generate extremely short and intense X-ray flashes. Researchers can use these flashes to resolve structures with diameters on the...
13.07.2018 | Event News
12.07.2018 | Event News
03.07.2018 | Event News
16.07.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
16.07.2018 | Life Sciences
16.07.2018 | Earth Sciences