Framework programme (sections and themes)

Section 1: Earth and Humankind

  • Theme 1.1 – Geo-hazards (natural and induced seismicity, flooding, landslides and volcanic risk, subsidence)
  • Theme 1.2 - Geo-Resources and Sustainability (fossil fuels in the transition period, unconventional and sustainable geo-resources, water resources)
  • Theme 1.3 - Geothermal energy, from surface to deep (structure and quantification, exploitation and societal risks)
  • Theme 1.4 - Focus on structure and quantification (geological mapping, engineering geology, soil and stability)

Section 2. Earth evolution

  • Theme 2.1 - Understanding the multi-scale past climate evolution (climate change in the deep time, paleo-oceanography)
  • Theme 2.2 – Understanding the past biostratigraphy (paleontology, palynology, paleobotany, geobiology and event stratigraphy)

Section 3. Changing Earth

  • Theme 3.1 - Recent and future climate and biogeochemical evolution (evolution of climate, cryosphere and rapid changes, isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry)
  • Theme 3.2 - Changing oceans (ocean dynamics, from surface to deep, understanding compositional changes and tipping points)
  • Theme 3.3 - Evolution of deltaic systems (multi-scale observations and hydrodynamic conditioning, process-oriented modelling and experiments)

Section 4. Earth Materials and Dynamics

  • Theme 4.1 - Multi-scale material properties and interactions (nanoscale properties and interactions, petrology, geochemistry and Early Earth evolution)
  • Theme 4.2 - Rheology and rock mechanics and properties (experimental properties of rocks and societal implications, multi-scale rheology, fluid-rock interactions, geophysical characterization and petrophysics)

Section 5. Earth Surface Processes and Sediment Dynamics

  • Theme 5.1 - Multi-temporal landscape observations and modelling (forcing in landscape dynamics and geomorphology, sea-level evolution)
  •  Theme 5.2 - Multi-scale sedimentary basins evolution (sedimentary basins architecture and evolution at all scales, sedimentology, sediment dynamics, observations and modelling)

Section 6. Coupling the Deep Earth

  • Theme 6.1 - Plate tectonics, evolution of the crust - mantle system (multi-scale tectonic processes from observations to modelling, mantle - lithosphere interactions and evolution of dynamic topography, coupling between orogenic and sedimentary basin processes)
  • Theme 6.2 - Alps Array - learning from the structure of a well-known orogen (geophysical quantification, structure and geodynamics)
  • Theme 6.3 - Architecture and structure of the crust and lithosphere (geo-potential fields, applied geophysics)

Section  7 – Earth data, education, society and open topics in Earth systems

  • Theme 7.1 - Databases and infrastructure (data management, shared infrastructure programmes, open data, data sharing platforms, software)
  • Theme 7.2 – Education, training and society (advanced teaching systems, training networks, efficiency in societal relevance, transferrable skills)
  • Theme 7.3 - Open topics in Earth Systems