University of Bucharest

Universitatea Bucuresti Facultatea de Geologie & Geofizica Facultatea de Fizica

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Research Network for Integrated Earth Sciences Studies

The Research Network for Integrated Earth Sciences Studies is formed by the joined forces of 4 research units from the University of Bucharest: two from the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, Research Center for Tectonics and Environmental Geology and Research Center Lythos, and two from the Faculty of Physics, the Department of the Atmosphere Physics and Solid Earth Physics and the Research Center 3NANO-SAE for nanosciences and renewal energy sources. These research units have new equipments valuing more than 580000 EURO and numerous national and international research grants. The scientific results were published in 106 papers published in ISI journals, from which 51 in the last 5 years.

The mission of this research network is:

  • to understand the Earth as a dynamic system: a prerequisite for responding to the basic needs of humanity on a vulnerable Earth
  • to advance the quantitative understanding of lithospheric and upper mantle evolution and processes as well as the controls on and feedback mechanisms of earth processes at or near the surface
  • to create and support the best possible opportunities for capacity building of young talent and to attract the best (inter) national talents
  • to identify areas of strength at a European level, in order to be an indispensable and attractive partner in the European Research Area
  • to perform high quality research in key areas by integrating expertise of demonstrable excellence in the subdisciplines of geology, geophysics, geodesy and geotechnology into multidisciplinary teams

The research program is set up around the following interrelated modules:

  • Module 1 "Observation of the Present"
  • Module 2 "Reconstruction of the Past from the Geological Record"
  • Module 3 "Process Modeling and Validation"

The choice of these three modules reflects the very nature of Earth Sciences. The relationship between the present and the past has - in a qualitative way - always been at the heart of earth sciences. Developments in observational, analytical and computational capabilities have allowed this fundamental relationship to be addressed in a quantitative manner. The main progress in qualitative and quantitative geoprediction is expected at the interface of modeling and observation where scientific hypotheses are confronted with observed reality. In its most advanced version the integrated sequence 'observation, modeling, process quantification, optimization and prediction' is repeatedly carried out (in both time and space) with the outcome being vital to the initiation of fundamentally new conceptual developments.

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