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Planetary Geodynamics, Active Tectonics and Related Risks

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Scientic Supervisor / Contact Person

Name and Surname
José A. Álvarez Gómez

Localization & Research Area

Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Geological Science
Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology
Research Area
Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV)

MSCA & ERC experience

Research group / research team hosted any MSCA fellow?
Research group / research team have any ERC beneficiaries?

Research Team & Research Topic

Research Team / Research Group Name (if any)
Planetary Geodynamics, Active Tectonics and Related Risks
Website of the Research team / Research Group / Department
Brief description of the Research Team / Research Group / Department
This research group is composed by geologists and physicists from four Spanish universities and three research centers, two national and one international.

The core group is in the Complutense University of Madrid, and has been investigating for more than 20 years in a series of multidisciplinary research topics that can be integrated into two main lines.

Tectonics and rheology of the crust.

Conditioning and control exercised by the inherited structures of the crust on the recent and ongoing tectonic activity.
Global tectonics and geodynamics.
Structure of the lithosphere and heat flow.
Geophysics applied to the study of the structure and rheology of the crust.
Numerical modeling of deformation and stress state of the lithosphere.
Study of fault gouge and mechanics of ductile and brittle deformation.

Geology of Earthquakes.

Neotectonic and morphotectonic analysis.
Paleoseismic trenching studies.
Relations tectonics " seismicity and seismic series analysis.
Geotechnics of seismic induced landslides.
Radar interferometry applied to deformations due to seismic and/or volcanic activity.
Static stress transfer and its influence on the seismicity and tectonic development.
Seismic and Tsunami Hazards Assessments
Research lines / projects proposed
The research group is currently focused on the following research lines:

Numerical modelling of tectonic deformation and its generation of seismic and tsunami hazard
Interplay between active tectonics and external processes
Development of analysis tools on seismotectonics
Structural control of the seismogenic behaviour of active faults
Fault zone architecture and frictional behaviour

We develop our research mainly on southeast Spain, Central America and South America although we have conducted research projects on different locations and tectonic setting around the globe.

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