The scientific focus of this European project, SUBITOP - Understanding subduction zone topography through modelling of coupled shallow and deep processes, is on the dynamics of continental margins where tectonic plates are recycled through subduction. This European Training Network (ETN) provides a comprehensive range of modelling and observation techniques, exploiting the full diversity of active and ancient subduction systems within Europe.
SUBITOP brings together research and training at ten leading Earth Sciences centres in Europe and forges partnerships with 15 companies for its fellows, with participants in 8 countries.
It will also provide essential communication, outreach and career management skills, as well as first-hand experience of the private sector through project-specific secondments and co-supervision by industry partners, and integrate its ESRs in the active TOPO-Europe research community.
SUBITOP aims to fill a key gap in knowledge and to understand the mechanisms controlling the way the Earth’s surface is sculpted and evolves over the most active tectonic feature of the Earth: the subduction zone. Resolution of this problem will allow the inverse problem can be addressed: what can the surface topography tell us about the deeper Earth processes?
The ETN, which began in March 2016, will cover a period of 4 years.