From GPS to geodynamics - how surface measurements help understand earthquakes and Earth structure

(17.01.2020 13:18)

The primary interest of Jonathan Weiss has been to understand how mountains are built. While there are some well-established theories of orogenesis – the lingua franca term for mountain building - many aspects of how, when and why mountain ranges are created remain a mystery. This is especially true for the Andes; the 7,500-kilometer-long chain of mountains and volcanoes at the border of the South American continent and the Pacific Ocean. On one side, the Nazca and Pacific tectonic plates are forced to dig deep into the Earth’s mantle. On the other side, much of South America remains stable. The compressional forces associated with this convergence result in the rise of the Andes and geological hazards such as explosive volcanoes and high intensity earthquakes are common. Jonathan is particularly interested in the formation of the eastern portion of the Andes in southern Bolivia where the mountain range is youngest and seismic hazard is arguably drastically underestimated. 

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At the Epicenter of Earth Sciences

(18.12.2019 11:38)

The new image trailer of the Institute for Geosciences at the University of Potsdam has been realeases at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 with more than 24.000 participants.

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German Geomorphology Group „AK Geomorphologie" Grants PhD Award to Geoscientist of University of Potsdam

(24.10.2019 11:14)

Stefanie Tofelde was granted the PhD award during the Annual Meeting of  the German Geomorphology Group „AK Geomorphologie“ in Kiel on September 29, 2019

while taking sediment samplesThe PhD award honors “innovative, national and international relevant dissertations on geomorphological agendas and appreciates the exceptional research accomplishments of the award winners also as a source of ideas for future research”.

Ms Tofelde combines in her study “Signals stored in sediment – Fluvial sediments as records of landscape evolution” geomorphological and geological field observations with modelling studies and geochronology to understand the complex processes of landscape development of the Andes in North-western Argentina. The award goes to an open-minded scientist who knows how to cooperate and communicate with work groups of different nationalities and research areas. With her way of working she helps to build a bridge between the different earth science disciplines.

RAA2019 - Congress on Raman Spectroscopy at Campus Griebnitzsee

(02.09.2019 09:03)

Scientist of University of Potsdam organizes international conference

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