Plate tectonics and marine hazards

Seafloor topography of a subduction zone off the coast of Costa Rica. Source: GEOMAR.

Dynamic processes beneath the seafloor can cause natural hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) that affect people living in coastal areas. A better understanding of the processes involved in the movement of tectonic plates is required in order to assess these hazards and to identify the early warning signals that precede such natural disasters.

News for topic: Plate tectonics annd marine harzards

Model of an island volcano. During the last transition to glacial conditions the decreasing pressure at the seafloor could have induced increased lava- and carbon dioxide emissions. Graphic: Jörg Hasenclever

Falling Sea Level caused Volcanos to Overflow

A Team of international researches found new connections between the solid earth and the climate system

Since the December 2015, the GeoSEA network is measuring the tectonic strain off the coast of northern Chile in up to 5800 meters of water depth. Photo: Jan Steffen, GEOMAR

Chile – a hub for geoscientific research

Partners of the Chilean Plate Boundary Observatory IPOC meet at GEOMAR

Thousands of lava and magma samples are archived in the GEOMAR rock repository. Some of these samples were used by the international science team to trace the way of the water down to the earth's mantle. Photo: Jan Steffen, GEOMAR

Water cycles much deeper than previously thought

New study in Nature Geoscience reveals influence of subduction on the entire mantle