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Doctorate Program

THESIS: Complex Processes in the Earth: Theory, Experiment, Simulations

LMU Munich (lead management), TU Munich


Degree: Doctorate Degree (Dr. rer. nat.)

Place of Study: Munich

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: Graduate degree

THESIS aims at integrating the various disciplines of Earth Sciences that have, up until now, been working independently of one another on dynamic earth processes. THESIS explores a wide range of research topics: deformation processes in volcanology; brittle dynamics; global seismology and the structure of earth`s deep interior; ground rotations and their role in earthquake source processes; earthquake scenarios and risk assessment; convection in earth`s mantle and lithosphere; geodetic deformation analysis; geological dataassimilation; methods in numerical wave propagation; and high-precision GPS for deformation and Earth rotation measurements.

Munich hosts a broad spectrum of experts and state-of-the-art-methodologies from geoscience fields. The work focusses on the theoretical aspects (numeric computations on supercomputers, Profs. Igel and Bunge), the experimental side (flow, break and fragmentation processes in worldwide singular laboratory, Prof. Dingwell), as well as the quantification of complex deformation processes from instantaneous to geological periods (Profs. Rummel, Malservisi and Kruhl). The Graduate college aims at uniting the experts and offering students an excellent opportunity to advance their career within this Elite Network.

Highlights of the International Doctorate Program

Numerical models of global plate motions dynamics linked with processes occurring in the deeper interior.
Icon Numerical Plate Tectonics
Giampiero Iaffaldano

Prof. Hans-Peter Bunge
  • Lehrstuhl für Geophysik
  • LMU München

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • August 1, 2004 - July 31, 2012
THESIS ermöglicht uns die Verfolgung hoch-riskanter und innovativer Forschungsprojekte basierend auf der Integration von modernsten Geländeobservationen, hochtechnisierter Laborexperimente und leistungsstarker Computersimulationen.