[unav_all] EGU Session - Present-day kinematics, tectonics and geodynamics of the Mediterranean Region

Philippe Vernant pvernant at um2.fr
Mon Jan 6 06:13:43 MST 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the 2014 EGU General Assembly that will be help in Vienna, Austria from April 27th to May 2d. We would like to draw your attention on the session entitled "Present-day kinematics and tectonics of the Mediterranean Region: Implications for geodynamics and earthquake potential". We particularly encourage folks who are using "present-day" observations (GNSS, seismology, active tectonics) to better understand the kinematics and geodynamics of this very puzzling region of the earth to submit an abstract (you will find below a more detailed abstract of the session). Invited talk will focus on "Istanbul’s Earthquake Hotspots: Constraints on Active Faulting in the Sea of Marmara" (Rob Reilinger) and "Geodynamics of the Dead Sea Fault : Do active faulting and past earthquakes determine the seismic gaps?" (Mustapha Meghraoui).

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is 16 January 2014.

Looking forward to see you in Vienna,

Best regards,
Giorgi Khazaradze, Haluk Ozener, Paolo Marco De Martini, Philippe Vernant

TS7.5/G6.5/GD6.8/SM6.3  Present-day kinematics and tectonics of the Mediterranean Region: Implications for geodynamics and earthquake potential

Advances in the seismology, space geodesy, satellite imagery, and dating paleo-earthquakes provide new constraints on the present-day kinematics, active tectonics, and earthquake hazards for the “greater” Mediterranean region, including the zone of interaction of the African, Arabian, and Eurasian plates. Comparisons of active kinematics with Plate Tectonic and geologic observations allow quantification of kinematic changes through time that allow the investigation of the role of plate interactions and sub-lithospheric processes to account for surface kinematics. The broad range of tectonic processes in the region, including various stages and rates of active subduction ( Hellenic, Calabrian, Cyprus, arcs), young continental collision of Arabia with Eurasia, lithospheric delamination in E Turkey/Caucasus and possibly the Alboran Sea, major continental strike slip faults (North Anatolian, Dead Sea, and others), and “intra-plate” mountain building (Alps, Caucasus, Atlas) provide opportunities to investigate and compare the principal geodynamic processes deforming the earth’s surface. This session intends to bring together geophysicists and geologists working on the present day deformation of the Mediterranean region to present and discuss these new constraints, as well as conceptual and quantitative model results for geodynamic and earthquake processes in this region.


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