The overall goal of the PhD position is to develop a 3D model of the eastern Mediterranean to test different geodynamic hypotheses on deformation dynamics.
Geodynamics is of key societal importance for the eastern Mediterranean region, as it influences various natural hazards that can cause great damage. Examples include the occurrence of earthquakes, volcanic activity, or the risk of tsunamis associated with both. To better assess such impacts, the physical state of the lithosphere must be described quantitatively. To do this, novel process models must be developed that represent large-scale processes and their feedback while being consistent with available observations. This requires the consistent integration of available geoscientific observations into 3D virtual representations of the crust and upper mantle as well as further development of existing software simulating coupled thermo-hydraulic-mechanical processes.
The focus of the PhD thesis is therefore on the integration of available multi-disciplinary geoscientific observations on the one hand and the numerical simulation of thermal-hydraulic-mechanical processes as well as of the geodynamic effects on the other hand.
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