The present state and behaviour of the shallow Earth System is a consequence of processes operating over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. These include the long-term effects of tectonic uplift, subsidence, climate variations and the development of river systems, the residual effects of the ice ages on crustal movement, natural climate and environmental changes over the past millennia up to the present, and the powerful anthropogenic impacts of the last century. If we are to understand the present state of the Earth System, this spectrum of processes, operating concurrently but on different scales, needs to be better understood.
This session invites scientific contributions which address the topographic evolution of orogens and intra-plate regions, particularly using multidisciplinary approachs, linking geology, geophysics, geodesy or other disciplines. Studies could involve monitoring of active processes, imaging of deep Earth properties and processes, dynamic topography reconstruction or process modelling and validation. The overall objectives are to document the change of the Earth’s surface and to characterize the tectonic, surface and climatic processes responsible for the evolution of topography. We particularly encourage participants in the ESF TOPO-EUROPE affiliated projects to contribute, but all contributions on the theme are welcome.
Co-sponsored by International Lithosphere Program (ILP)