Topo-Europe ESF Eurocores Project: PYRTEC

Spatial and temporal coupling between tectonics and surface processes during lithosphere inversion of the Pyrenean-Cantabrian mountain belt.




PYRTEC will study interaction between surface processes, climate, and tectonic deformation during mountain building in the
Pyrenean-Cantabrian belt. Collision between the Iberian and European plates resulted in mountain building in the Pyrenees and passive margin inversion in the Cantabrian area. The
mountain range topography, however, was shaped by both collision and associated surface processes. Whereas large amounts of material were eroded in the Pyrenees, only minor erosion took place in the Cantabrian mountain range. Although operating at vastly different time and length scales, a significant
potential exists for feedback between largescale tectonic deformation and redistribution of mass by erosion processes. This CRP will use a multidisciplinary approach involving field-based studies, regional data compilation, geochronology and quantitative modelling approaches that will couple tectonic and
surface process models.


The project is one of 10 projects in the ESF Eurocores programme TOPO-EUROPE ( Is funded by the Research Council of Norway, The Government of Asturias (Spain), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), ISES Research School of Integrated Solid Earth Sience (VU), and Statoil-Hydro. It will run from the end of 2008 to 2012.


PhD and Post doctoral positions open in 2009 :

- PhD in geodynamic and surface process modelling (Bergen)

- Post doc in geodynamic modelling (Bergen)

- PhD in tectonics (Oviedo)

- PhD/post doc structural geology and analogue modelling (Oslo)

- PhD in tectonic geomorphology (Amsterdam)

Updated: February 20, 2009