Research Team / Research Group Name (if any)
Planetary Geodynamics, Active Tectonics and Related Risks
Brief description of the Research Team / Research Group / Department
Our research group is focused on the geodynamic evolution of the terrestrial planets with special attention to the tectonic behavior of Mars and Venus. The planetary geodynamics group is integrated into a larger research group working also in terrestrial active tectonics and associated risks, included in the Department of Geodynamics, Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). <br />The last decade we have been mainly working of Mars tectonics and geodynamics through two projects funded by the Spanish government: AMARTE (2015-2017) and TECTOMARTE (2019-2021). But the recent raising interest in the exploration of Venus with several future missions that are currently being evaluated by ESA and NASA, provided that our future research interests will include also Venusian geodynamics (a topic we have also experience with).<br />Our department includes facilities for analog modelling and 3D numerical modeling of deformation structures.
Research lines / projects proposed
- 3D modeling of large thrust faults under lobate scarps on Mars. Modelling of subsidiary faults. Contraction of the Martian lithosphere.<br /><br />- Structural modelling of dike intrusions generating long narrow graben on Mars. Relatioship with current