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What is the GDL

The Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere is a group of researchers nucleated in 1998 at the Institut de Ciències de la Terra Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC) but today incorporating people from different institutes and countries united by their interest on lithospheric-scale processes and their interaction with processes occurring on the Earth's surface. Our objectives are:
  1. to determine the structure and properties of the crust and lithosphere

  2. to study the long-term lithospheric evolution coupling shallow- and deep-seated processes

  3. to develop 2D and 3D numerical geodynamic models

Questions we address

  • Paleoclimate, deformation, and erosion history of orogenic plateaus such as the Pyrenees, Zagros, Atlas, Andes and the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Sedimentary basin evolution and detrital records of orogen erosion, paleotopography, paleoclimate, and vegetation.

Tools we use

  • Numerical modeling (tectonic, thermal, mechanical, atmospheric, and surface process models).
  • Low-temperature, fission-track¬†thermochronology.
  • Field work on structural geology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology.
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geophysical data analysis (heat flow, gravity, seismic reflection profiles)