Tectonic plates sinking over millions of years? Megaearth-quakes & tsunamis? Global fluxes of elements?… How do stresses and energy release, via earth-quakes and fluid-mediated mass transfer, interact on such varied spatial and temporal scales (from 10-4 to 106-7 yr)? Time to ZIP (Zoom In between Plates), into the subduction plate interface!
Today, the underlying mechanisms that generate earthquakes at greater depth, i.e. deeper than 60 km, are still unknown. These earthquakes cannot be explained in the same way as shallow earthquakes, because pressure and temperature conditions are different. Due to better seismic imaging methods it is possible to localize even smaller and deeper earthquakes… read more
The new year has already been on its way for a while now and fellows are working hard. A year packed with training activities, workshops, field trips and meetings is entering the hot phase. We are pleased to welcome Paraskevi Ioannidi (GFZ Potsdam), the last missing fellow: Welcome to ZIP, Io!
The newsletter starts with a look back into 2014 at the scientific short-course on “Active seismic data processing and inversion” in Barcelona (November 24-28 2014). The coverage on upcoming ZIP activities include the short-course on “Analytical Geochemistry” in Bern (May 18-22), the Mid-Term-Review in Paris (June 2) and the associated private mini-workshop organized in Rueil-Malmaison by our associate partner IFP-EN (June 4-5), the ZIP Starter 1 cruise (July 4-23), several activities in conjunction with the ZIP consolidator in Antofagasta, Chile (October 5-17) and the short-course on “Rock mechanics and experimental rheology” in Paris (October 26-30).
After the starting gun, the ZIP group has successfully jumped the first hurdles. All fellows but one are now hired, settled in the partner institutions and working on their projects. The first data and ideas start circulating. Between May and October we hired one more ESR fellow: Gian Maria Bocchini (ESR11, Italian), based at NOA in Athens and already well integrated. We welcome him and wish him a good work. ESR2 based at GFZ in Potsdam is still to start due to administrative issues.
This second issue of the ZIP Newsletter reports on events organized in the last six months: the ZIP Starter 1 field excursion on the Alps, Italy July 8-17 (WP4.2); the Short Course on transferable skills, Paris September 15-19 (WP6.1); the Short Course on Numerical Modeling, Athens October 6-12 (WP5.1); the Second ZIP Annual Meeting, Athens October 13-14 (WP7.1).