Research Center Geodynamics - Geomaterials


Dr. Michael Meyer (Department of Geology)

Deputy Head

ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Tropper (Department of Mineralogy and Petrography)

Research Objectives

The research center „Geodynamics – Geomaterials“ studies the interaction between chemical and physical properties of geomaterials and geodynamic processes on all scales. Geomaterials directly control geological and geodynamical processes, but they also bear information on parameters such as pressure, temperature and time.

The following topics are specifically addressed:

  • Quaternary geology and palaeoclimate: based on geological archives (caves, lakes) the Quaternary climate history in particular of the Alps is reconstructed at high resolution; in addition, methodological research is performed in isotope geochemistry. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating allows Quaternary deposits and processes to be accurately constrained.
  • Tectonometamorphic evolution of orogens: based on structural field mapping and assisted by data on geothermobarometry and geochronology tectonic and geodynamic models are developed.

  • Process-oriented sedimentology and stratigraphy: sediments are the product of processes largely controlled by tectonics and climate and also act as archives for paleoenvironmental and evolutionary change. The dynamical change of sediments and sedimentary environments through space and time is investigated via a range of field and laboratory techniques.

  • Minerals and fluids under high-temperature and/or high-pressure conditions: high-temperature and/or high-pressure devices allow to conduct experiments simulating conditions of up to 400 km depth in the Earth´s interior, and geomaterials synthesised in these experiments are analysed using microanalytical techniques.

  • Georesources: Mineral deposit studies are carried out focusing both on the alpine realm and elsewhere. Through combining various geoscientific methods, we aim to understand the formation of metallogenic systems, support archaeological projects, and contribute to the sustainable supply of mineral resources.

Apart from worldwide cooperations the prime target area are the Alps, where the research center benefits from its unique location in the heart of the Alps and has established a high reputation in Alpine research. Moreover, we substantially contribute to the university´s research focus „Alpine space – man and environment“.

  Interview with former head Bernhard Fügenschuh (Video)

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