Relationship between subduction zone geometry, trench kinematics and great subduction earthquakes

  • Schellart, Wouter (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Two fundamental unresolved questions in geophysics are what governs the migration of subduction zones, places where tectonic plates sink to into the Earths interior, and great earthquakes that occur along some of these zones. This project will investigate the role of the subduction zone geormetry in determining the rate of such migration and in generating great earthquakes. Insight will be obtained from kinematic calculations for all subduction zones on Earth and geodynmic simulations. Ouotcomes will include new insight into the geodynamics of subduction zones surrounding the Australian continent, the required physical ingredients to generate great earthquakes and the definition of a new Earth reference frame for plate tectonics.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/03/0728/02/12

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD122,327.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD459,572.00