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Hans-Peter Bunge


Hans-Peter Bunge

Hans-Peter Bunge

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Munich University
Theresienstr. 41
80333 Munich

Room: 435
Phone: +49 (89) 2180-4225
Fax: +49 (89) 2180-4205

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Geodynamics is concerned with the physical processes that drive motion like mountain building or plate tectonics in the Earth and planets. By its nature it is highly interdisciplinary, and provides the link between such diverse areas in the Earth sciences as tectonics, paleomagnetism, seismology, mineral physics, geochemistry or geodesy. There are many connections between these fields. These connections arise because convection in the Earth's mantle and core is the source of all geologic activity we observe on our planet. Ultimately convection in the Earth and planets reflects their gradual heat loss, as these bodies slowly cool over time.

The methods of Geodynamics are firmly rooted in physics, specifically in continuum mechanics. Increasingly computer modeling and modern high-performance parallel computing are gaining ground in order to solve the equations of motion that govern geodynamic processes, although analog models to study physical processes at the laboratory scale are holding their own. Geodynamicists share the growing importance of computer simulations with researchers in other fields. For the coming decade this development, which is driven by rapid advances in computer hardware, promises dramatic progress in our ability to understand many complex Earth processes.

The Munich Geodynamics group is a leader in applying high-performance computing to problems in Geodynamics. We welcome students and offer a wide array of international collaborations. Particularly qualified studends from Germany and abroad may apply for Ph.D. positions in the Bavarian Elite Network, as part of the nascent Research School of Earth Sciences at Munich University.

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