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Introduction to Numerical Geodynamic Modelling

Introduction to Numerical Geodynamic Modelling

2nd Edition


  • Author: Taras Gerya, Swiss Federal University (ETH), Zürich
  • Publication planned for: May 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107143142

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  • This hands-on introduction to numerical geodynamic modelling provides a solid grounding in the necessary mathematical theory and techniques, including continuum mechanics and partial differential equations, before introducing key numerical modelling methods and applications. Fully updated, this second edition includes four completely new chapters covering the most recent advances in modelling inertial processes, seismic cycles and fluid-solid interactions, and the development of adaptive mesh refinement algorithms. Many well-documented, state-of-the-art visco-elasto-plastic 2D models are presented, which allow robust modelling of key geodynamic processes. Requiring only minimal prerequisite mathematical training, and featuring over sixty practical exercises and ninety MATLAB examples, this user-friendly resource encourages experimentation with geodynamic models. It is an ideal introduction for advanced courses and can be used as a self-study aid for graduates seeking to master geodynamic modelling for their own research projects.

    • Provides an optimal study path based on the author's extensive experience of teaching the topic
    • Continuum mechanics and numerical modelling are explained in simple terms, making this an accessible introductory text for graduate students
    • A uniform and simple numerical method is used enabling the reader to understand modelling of many complex problems using the same simple method
    • Many analytical and programming exercises are proposed with online MATLAB examples provided, allowing students to test their knowledge
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for the first edition: '… the book provides excellent value for those wanting an introduction to the field. Anyone who works carefully through this book and completes all the exercises should be well prepared for further work in geodynamic modelling.' Geoscientist

    Praise for the first edition: 'The book is written in a light and engaging style such that it deserves a place on the recommended reading list of any undergraduate or Masters course that includes geodynamics. Additionally, it will be a valuable resource for any geoscientist who wants to include geodynamic modelling within their research activities.' Geological Magazine

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107143142
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 96 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The continuity equation
    2. Density and gravity
    3. Numerical solutions of partial differential equations
    4. Stress and strain
    5. The momentum equation
    6. Viscous rheology of rocks
    7. Numerical solutions of the momentum and continuity equations
    8. The advection equation and marker-in-cell method
    9. The heat conservation equation
    10. Numerical solution of the heat conservation equation
    11. 2D thermomechanical code structure
    12. Elasticity and plasticity
    13. 2D implementation of visco-elasto-plasticity
    14. 2D thermomechanical modelling of inertial processes
    15. Seismo-thermomechanical modelling
    16. Hydro-thermomechanical modelling
    17. Adaptive mesh refinement
    18. The multigrid method
    19. Programming of 3D problems
    20. Numerical benchmarks
    21. Design of 2D numerical geodynamic models
    Epilogue: outlook
    Appendix: MATLAB program examples

  • Author

    Taras Gerya, Swiss Federal University (ETH), Zürich
    Taras Gerya is Professor of Earth Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich). He is an expert in numerical geodynamic modelling, with his current research focusing on subduction and collision processes, ridge-transform oceanic spreading patterns, intrusion emplacement into the crust, generation of earthquakes, fluid and melt transport in the lithosphere, Precambrian geodynamics, formation of terrestrial planets and evolution of life. In 2008, he was awarded the Golden Owl Prize by ETH students for his teaching on continuum mechanics and numerical modelling.

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