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

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.
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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)

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STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 359 875

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 389 473

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 215 976

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 202 106

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 213

ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 241 240

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 196 478

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

France

EU Contribution

€ 193 865

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 218 759

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215458

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 597 791

  • EU contribution

    € 2 597 791

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands