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Zooming In between Plates: deciphering the nature of the plate interface in subduction zones

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604713

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 735 441,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 735 441,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

Objective

"Subduction zones play a fundamental role in our daily life. Half of the world population lives on top or nearby one of them, in coastal areas repeatedly devastated by large earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions. Giant earthquakes occurring on subduction zone mega-thrusts (Mw close to 9 or larger) are indeed amongst the deadliest natural hazards. During the last decade, very large earthquakes took many lives (Sumatra, Chile, Japan) and, according to the World Bank, over 200 billion € for the 2011 Japan earthquake.
These dramatic phenomena are fundamentally controlled by the mechanical coupling and global material transfer at and across subduction zone inter-plate boundaries, between the down-going subducting plate and the overriding plate. Stresses and energy release via earthquakes together with fluid-mediated mass transfer are indeed highly focused on the plate interface, where they interact on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, both at short- (10e-4 yr) and longer time-scales (10e6 yr).
However, despite its social and economic impact, the nature, structure and properties of this plate interface are still largely unknown, calling for a thorough Zoom In between the Plates (ZIP). ZIP represents a real challenge for a new generation of geoscientists and requires innovative, high-end, cross-disciplinary scientific and technologic training to provide them with the skills and strength to tackle such problems, make major contributions, and undertake an academic or industrial career on managing geohazards. This scientific effort is mandatory for risk assessment, to enhance the reliability of early-warning systems and help reduce human loss and economic costs. Educational outreach in vulnerable countries is also crucial to explain the seismic, tectonic and tsunamic processes both to politics and populations."
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

Address

Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 741 252,60

Administrative Contact

Ouerdia Oumohand (Ms.)

Participants (9)

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 238 568,88

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 469 863,25

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 528 397,30

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 257 337,95

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 238 568,88

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 278 015,75

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 506 299,20

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 238 568,88

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 238 568,88

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604713

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 735 441,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 735 441,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France