Throughout the history of our planet, geodynamic processes caused atmospheric CO2 variations and exerted major control on climate change. Deformation processes in continental rifts are known to activate deep and large carbon reservoirs. But due to cross-scale interactions, quantitative modelling of CO2 degassing in rift environments remains an unsolved challenge. In the framework of the recently funded ERC Consolidator project EMERGE, we will combine geodynamic models with new multi-scale CO2 flux measurements in Kenya, Ethiopia, Czech Republic and Iceland. In particular, we will employ the geodynamic modelling software ASPECT to account for relevant processes of lithosphere deformation and carbon transport including faulting, ductile deformation, partial melting, melt ascent, and CO2 degassing. By accounting for lithospheric architecture, volcano-tectonic observations and measured CO2 fluxes, we aim to isolate the relative impact of geodynamic processes and lithospheric properties on rift-related CO2 release through space and time.
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