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Introduction to Numerical Geodynamic Modelling
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1. The continuity equation; 2. Density and gravity; 3. Numerical solutions of partial differential equations; 4. Stress and strain; 5. The momentum equation; 6. Viscous rheology of rocks; 7. Numerical solutions of the momentum and continuity equations; 8. The advection equation and marker-in-cell method; 9. The heat conservation equation; 10. Numerical solution of the heat conservation equation; 11. 2D thermomechanical code structure; 12. Elasticity and plasticity; 13. 2D implementation of visco-elasto-plasticity; 14. 2D thermomechanical modelling of inertial processes; 15. Seismo-thermomechanical modelling; 16. Hydro-thermomechanical modelling; 17. Adaptive mesh refinement; 18. The multigrid method; 19. Programming of 3D problems; 20. Numerical benchmarks; 21. Design of 2D numerical geodynamic models; Epilogue: outlook; Appendix: MATLAB (R) program examples; References; Index.

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A second edition of this popular introduction to numerical geodynamic modelling theory and applications for graduate students.

About the Author

Taras Gerya is Professor of Earth Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich). He is an expert in numerical geodynamic modelling, with his current research focusing on subduction and collision processes, ridge-transform oceanic spreading patterns, intrusion emplacement into the crust, generation of earthquakes, fluid and melt transport in the lithosphere, Precambrian geodynamics, formation of terrestrial planets and evolution of life. In 2008, he was awarded the Golden Owl Prize by ETH students for his teaching on continuum mechanics and numerical modelling.

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'A great introduction to computational geodynamics with vivid examples, hands-on exercises and step-by-step derivations of formulas. Even better than the first edition.' Sascha Brune, Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum
'This book is so much more than an introduction to geodynamic modelling. Taras Gerya opens the world of geodynamic experiments by taking the reader through a carefully designed set of hands-on programming exercises that will convince you that modelling is not terribly complicated, but a process to logically follow through. Go ahead and get started!' Susanne Buiter, Geological Survey of Norway
'This comprehensive textbook challenges all solid Earth scientists to give geodynamic modelling a try in a hands-on, empowering style. The new edition covers even more ground, including cutting-edge topics. A great achievement, and the community will be the better for it.' Thorsten Becker, University of Texas, Austin
Praise for the first edition: '... the book provides excellent value for those wanting an introduction to the field. Anyone who works carefully through this book and completes all the exercises should be well prepared for further work in geodynamic modelling.' Geoscientist
Praise for the first edition: 'The book is written in a light and engaging style such that it deserves a place on the recommended reading list of any undergraduate or Masters course that includes geodynamics. Additionally, it will be a valuable resource for any geoscientist who wants to include geodynamic modelling within their research activities.' Geological Magazine
'A great introduction to computational geodynamics with vivid examples, hands-on exercises and step-by-step derivations of formulas. Even better than the first edition.' Sascha Brune, Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum
'This book is so much more than an introduction to geodynamic modelling. Taras Gerya opens the world of geodynamic experiments by taking the reader through a carefully designed set of hands-on programming exercises that will convince you that modelling is not terribly complicated, but a process to logically follow through. Go ahead and get started!' Susanne Buiter, Geological Survey of Norway
'This comprehensive textbook challenges all solid Earth scientists to give geodynamic modelling a try in a hands-on, empowering style. The new edition covers even more ground, including cutting-edge topics. A great achievement, and the community will be the better for it.' Thorsten Becker, University of Texas, Austin
Praise for the first edition: '... the book provides excellent value for those wanting an introduction to the field. Anyone who works carefully through this book and completes all the exercises should be well prepared for further work in geodynamic modelling.' Geoscientist
Praise for the first edition: 'The book is written in a light and engaging style such that it deserves a place on the recommended reading list of any undergraduate or Masters course that includes geodynamics. Additionally, it will be a valuable resource for any geoscientist who wants to include geodynamic modelling within their research activities.' Geological Magazine

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