Institute of Geophysics of the CAS, v. v. i.


Tectonics and Geodynamics

Head of the department: RNDr. Aleš Špičák, CSc.

The research of the department focuses on topics related to geodynamic processes in the Earth’s crust and mantle. The staff are geophysicists and geologists who typically employ multi-disciplinary approaches, from field work and laboratory analysis through numerical and analogue modelling to analysis of global geophysical data. 

Current research topics include:

* Processes at convergent plate margins, focused on tectonic interpretation of earthquake distribution and mechanisms (SE Asia, Middle and South America, Izu-Bonin-Mariana area in the western Pacific)

* Orogenic processes and rheology of Earth's crust and mantle in ancient orogens (the Variscan Bohemian Massif in context of Variscan Europe, similarities and differences between variscan orogeny at Iberian peninsula and Bohemian Massif)

* Processes of magma emplacement and related fabric development studied by analogue modelling and in the field (Cenozoic volcanics of the Bohemian massif)

Rheology of salt rocks and salt tectonics

* Physical properties of rocks and their relation to microstructure and chemical composition

* Evolution of sedimentary basin fills as sensitive records of the interaction between tectonic processes, sea-level fluctuations and climate change

* Recent crustal movements in tectonically active regions studied using gravity and geodetic methods (NW Bohemian Massif, the Aswan Lake area, the Gulf of Corinth)

* Earth tides monitoring and analysis

* West Bohemia volcanism investigated by gravity and magnetic surveys

* Participation in the International Scientific Continental Deep Drilling Program (ICDP)

In addition, applied studies currently include:

* Studies of oriented microporosity of rocks and its relation to elastic properties and permeability, e.g. for planning of radioactive waste repositories

* Microgravity measurements in engineering geology and archeology

* Slope stability monitoring based on tilmeter and groundwater observations

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