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TOPO-EUROPE is the ESF EUROCORES on Coupled Deep Earth and Surface Processes, taking Europe, its continental margins and adjacent areas as natural laboratories
Convener: S. Cloetingh 
Mon, 23 Apr, 13:30–15:00  / Room D

The TOPO-EUROPE initiative of the International Lithophere Program (ILP) addresses the 4-D topography of the orogens and intra-plate regions of Europe through a multidisciplinary approach. TOPO-EUROPE initiates a number of novel studies on the quantification of rates of vertical motions, related tectonically controlled river evolution and land subsidence in carefully selected natural laboratories in Europe. From orogen through platform to continental margin, these natural laboratories include the Alps/Carpathians-Pannonian Basin System, the West and Central European Platform, the Apennines-Tyrrhenian-Maghrebian and the Aegean-Anatolian regions, the Iberian Peninsula and the Scandinavian Continental Margin. TOPO-EUROPE integrates European research facilities (e.g. EPOS) and know-how essential to advance the understanding of the role of topography in Earth System Dynamics. The principal objective of the network is twofold. Namely, to integrate national research programs into a common European network and, furthermore, to integrate activities among TOPO-EUROPE institutes and participants. Key objectives are to provide an interdisciplinary forum to share knowledge and information in the field of the neotectonic and topographic evolution of Europe, to promote and encourage multidisciplinary research on a truly European scale, to increase mobility of scientists and to train young scientists.

Public information: Three presentations are scheduled covering the connections between deep Earth and surface processes addressed by the TOPO-EUROPE programme:
1. Sierd Cloetingh et al. - TOPO-EUROPE - an integrated solid earth approach to continental topography and deep earth-surface processes in 4D.
2. Sean Willett - TOPO-EUROPE: linking deep and shallow dynamic processes, the view from the surface.
3. Rinus Wortel - The Mediterranean region as a natural laboratory for lithosphere dynamics.