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Computational Methods for Geodynamics

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  • Authors:
  • Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Institute of Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • Paul Tackley, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867672

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  • Written as both a textbook and a handy reference, this text deliberately avoids complex mathematics assuming only basic familiarity with geodynamic theory and calculus. Here, the authors have brought together the key numerical techniques for geodynamic modeling, demonstrations of how to solve problems including lithospheric deformation, mantle convection and the geodynamo. Building from a discussion of the fundamental principles of mathematical and numerical modeling, the text moves into critical examinations of each of the different techniques before concluding with a detailed analysis of specific geodynamic applications. Key differences between methods and their respective limitations are also discussed – showing readers when and how to apply a particular method in order to produce the most accurate results. This is an essential text for advanced courses on numerical and computational modeling in geodynamics and geophysics, and an invaluable resource for researchers looking to master cutting-edge techniques. Links to supplementary computer codes are available online.

    • Covers all of the key numerical techniques in one single volume that avoids complex mathematics - making it readily accessible to a geoscience audience
    • Teaches the reader how to apply the methods to real research questions by defining a model using sets of mathematical equations and initial/boundary conditions
    • Demonstrates real geodynamic applications - highlighting which methods are most appropriate to solving different kinds of research problems
    • Provides links to a set of computer codes that can be used to model a range of geodynamic processes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "An outstanding synthesis of contemporary issues in geodynamics with a rigorous but highly accessible treatment of  modern methods in numerical modeling. I have no doubt that this book will  be an invaluable resource for students and researchers entering the field of computational geophysics for  years to come." - Professor David Bercovici, Yale University

    "This is the most current and complete book on computational geodynamics.  I would recommend this book to every aspiring student or researcher interested in computations." - Professor David Yuen, University of Minnesota

    "Both authors are well known..In summary, this is a comprehensive, advanced reference book on the computational whole Earth geodynamics." - Wooil M. Moon, The Leading Edge, January 2012

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867672
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 15 colour illus. 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic concepts of computational geodynamics
    2. Finite difference methods
    3. Finite volume method
    4. Finite element methods
    5. Spectral methods
    6. Numerical methods for solving linear algebraic equations
    7. Numerical methods for solving ordinary differential equations
    8. Data assimilation methods
    9. Parallel computing
    10. Modelling of geodynamic problems
    Appendix A. Definitions and relations from vector and matrix algebra
    Appendix B. Spherical coordinates
    Appendix C. List of computer codes and how to access them

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    Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Institute of Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
    Alik Ismail-Zadeh is a Senior Scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Chief Scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Moscow (RusAS), and Professor of the Institut de Physique de Globe de Paris. He graduated from the Baku State and Lomonossov Moscow State Universities before being awarded Ph.D. and Doctor of Science degrees in geophysics from RusAS. He lectures on computational geodynamics at the University of Karlsruhe, Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, and Moscow State University of Oil and Gas, while his research interests cover crust and mantle dynamics, basin evolution, salt tectonics, and seismic hazards. Professor Ismail-Zadeh is the recipient of the 1995 Academia Europaea Medal and the 2009 American Geophysical Union International Award, and is Secretary-General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics until 2015.

    Paul Tackley, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
    Paul Tackley is Chair of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group in the Institute of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). He received an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MS and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology before taking up a position in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He became a full professor there before moving to ETH Zürich in 2005, where he currently teaches courses in geodynamic modeling. Professor Tackley's research involves applying large-scale three-dimensional numerical simulations using state of the art methods and parallel supercomputers to study the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth and other terrestrial planets. He has served as an associate editor for various journals and is on the editorial board of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

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