The Dynamic Earth, Surface Processes and Natural Hazards
Earth’s dynamic surface provides the platform for life on the planet, and the resources needed to support and sustain society. Critical challenges today demand solutions, which study of the Earth can help to provide: from the discovery and sustainable use of critical natural resources, the disposal of waste (including carbon dioxide), to understanding the processes that drive the Earth today.
Researchers across the Dynamic Earth, Surface Processes and Natural Hazards stream are working at the frontiers of science, from computational geodynamics, theoretical seismology and isotope geochemistry to the quantification of surface processes over all timescales, natural resource discovery, and analysis, detection and mitigation of geophysical hazards and risk. Use the key word below to help you find DTP supervisors, and their ideas for new project areas.
Key areas covered by this stream
ChronologyScientific dating tools and techniques, from the Quaternary to the early Earth. Radiocarbon, luminescence dating. Tephra chronology. Radiometric dating.
Continental TectonicsFormation and evolution of mountain belts; metamorphism; deep crustal processes; continental deformation.
Critical Natural ResourcesUnderstanding the origins, distribution, preservation of natural mineral and hydrocarbon deposits; ore formation; energy and water supply.
Deep Earth, Geodynamics and GeochemistryProcesses in Earth's interior; isotope and trace element geochemistry. Plate tectonic processes; melting and magmatism; mantle flow and rheology; experimental petrology.
Earth Surface ProcessesActive processes including weathering, erosion, fluid and sediment transport and sedimentation; flooding.
Geomorphology and Landscape DynamicsLandscape processes, human-landscape interactions, dryland environments. Interactions between climate, biotic, geomorphic and human systems.
Low Temperature GeochemistryChemistry of the oceans, surface waters, diagenesis and sedimentary rocks. Biomineralisation. Chemical proxies.
Materials CharacterisationPhysical and chemical analysis of rocks, minerals, glasses, artefacts. Technique development including spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.
Volcanology, Seismology and Active TectonicsAnalysis, measuring and modelling of volcano and earthquake processes, hazards, products. Volcanic gases, tephra and eruption history. Remote sensing of active deformation from InSAR, GPS.
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Summer School updateJune 5, 2019 We still have a few places available on the DTP Summer School and would particularly welcome applications from those interested in the Dynamic Earth stream, ...
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DTP Summer School 12 & 13 July 2017 – places availableJune 9, 2017 Each year the DTP hosts a free summer school aimed at undergraduate students who are considering a further research degree. The aim is to give ...