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Thermochemical imaging of the Earth’s mantle: Global inversion of seismic waveforms, satellite gravity data and surface elevation

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address: Burlington Road 10
city: DUBLIN
postcode: 4

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Project website
 Total cost 187˙866 €
 EC max contribution 187˙866 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-03-01   to  2017-02-28


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 Project objective

The thermochemical structure of the Earth’s lithosphere and underlying mantle controls fundamental dynamic processes including volcanism, seismic activity and surface topography variations. The growth of very large terrestrial and satellite geophysical data sets over the last few years, together with the advancement of petrological and geophysical modelling techniques, now present an opportunity for global, thermochemical 3D imaging of the lithosphere and upper mantle with unprecedented resolution. Established methods of seismic tomography and gravity data analysis constrain distributions of seismic velocity and density at depth, both depending on temperature and composition of the rocks within the Earth. However, independent modelling and inversion or a simple combination of models based on gravity and seismic data alone suffer from the intrinsic non-uniqueness of each type of models. Thermodynamic links between seismic velocities, density, temperature, pressure and composition within the Earth can now be modelled accurately using new methods of computational petrology. This project combines state-of-the-art seismic waveform tomography (using both surface and body waves), newly available global gravity satellite data (geoid and gravity anomalies and new gradiometric measurements from GOCE mission) and surface elevation within a self-consistent thermodynamic framework. A new method for global thermodynamic tomography will be developed and applied to obtain a robust and, at the same time, detailed thermochemical model of the Earth’s lithosphere and upper mantle.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 J. Fullea, S. Lebedev, Z. Martinec
Global Thermochemical Imaging of the Lithosphere Using Satellite and Terrestrial Observations.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & Geodetic Missions ESA Workshop, Banff, Canada 2019-06-13
2017 J. Fullea
“On joint modelling of electrical conductivity and other geophysical and petrological observables to infer the structure of the lithosphere and underlying upper mantle “
published pages: , ISSN: 0169-3298, DOI:
Surveys of Geophysics 2019-06-13
2017 Lebedev, S., Schaeffer, A., Fullea, J., Pease, V.
Seismic tomography of the Arctic region: Inferences for the thermal structure and evolution of the lithosphere
published pages: , ISSN: 0305-8719, DOI:
\"Geological Society, London, Special Publications : \"\"Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution\"\"\" 2019-06-13
2016 J. Fullea, S. Lebedev, Z. Martinec
Global thermochemical inversion of seismic waveforms, gravity satellite data, and topography. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, T43B-3050.
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AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 2019-06-13
2016 Fullea, Javier; Lebedev, Sergei; Martinec, Zdenek
EART-23 - Global Thermochemical Inversion of Seismic Waveforms,Gravity Satellite Data and Topography
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Paper 715 - Session title: Solid Earth & Near Earth Posters 2019-06-13
2016 Juan Carlos Afonso, Max Moorkamp, Javier Fullea
Imaging the Lithosphere and Upper Mantle In: Moorkamp, M., Khan, A., Linde, N., Lelievre, P. (Eds.) Integrated Imaging of the Earth, AGU Monograph.
published pages: 191-218, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1002/9781118929063.ch10
Integrated Imaging of the Earth, AGU Monograph 2019-06-13
2016 Zuzana Alasonati Tašárová, Javier Fullea, Miroslav Bielik, Piotr Środa
Lithospheric structure of Central Europe: Puzzle pieces from Pannonian Basin to Trans-European Suture Zone resolved by geophysical-petrological modeling
published pages: 722-753, ISSN: 0278-7407, DOI: 10.1002/2015TC003935
Tectonics 35/3 2019-06-13

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