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Towards the next generation of the Geological Time Scale for the last 100 million years – the European contribution to EARTHTIME

Objective

Geological time is inextricably linked with Earth Sciences and the Geological Time Scale (GTS) is the yardstick to measure it. As such the GTS is the key to reconstruct Earth history. Recent developments in numerical dating now permit to build a much improved next generation GTS for the last 100 million years by integrating independent state-of-the-art techniques; this time scale will have an unprecedented accuracy, precision, resolution and stability. Within GTSnext a consortium of world leading European experts will be brought together for the first time to integrate their expertise and provide young scientists with a top training in all these methods. This training is the prime objective of GTSnext, and crucial to its success. Together this team of newly trained scientists is well equipped to construct the new GTS. GTSnext is part of a broader international initiative - EARTHTIME - a community-based scientific effort aimed at sequencing Earth history through an integrated geochronologic and stratigraphic approach. It is our ambition to broaden the Earthtime platform in Europe with GTSnext, which combined with an ESF funded Research Network run in parallel, will also serve as the basis for wider outreach towards the Earth Science community. The expected scientific contributions and breakthroughs are 1) a full integration and intercalibration of different numerical dating techniques, leading to 2) a significant improvement in the consistency of these same techniques; 3) progress towards a fully integrated and astronomical-tuned GTS over the last 100 million years; 4) an essentially stable time scale that is highly beneficial for both academia and industry, and 5) new insights in key geological processes including climate change, catastrophic impacts, and volcanic hazards. Finally, a more fundamental comprehension of geological time and the time scales at which key processes occur in Earth history is highly relevant in view of the impact we have on System Earth.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 400 806
Administrative Contact
Frits Hilgen (Dr.)

Participants (11)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 359 875
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne K. M. Kops (Dr.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 389 473
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessia D Artibale (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 215 976
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Urs Schaltegger (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 106
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heiko Pälike (Dr.)
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 179 213
Address
Avenue De L Observatoire 61
75014 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Nicolas (Ms.)
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 241 240
Address
Universitetsvej 1
4000 Roskilde
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Storey (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katharina Steinberg (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 196 478
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mario Sprovieri (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD
France
EU contribution
€ 193 865
Address
Rue Georges Clemenceau 15
91405 Orsay Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Guy Courraze (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 218 759
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Klaus Mezger (Prof.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hetty De Wilde (Ms.)