Clint Conrad

Professor of Mantle Dynamics

Office: ZEB-bygget 2.328

Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)
Department of Geosciences
University of Oslo
Postboks 1028 Blindern
N-0315 Oslo

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Geodynamics of Earth's Lithosphere and Mantle

My research is directed toward gaining a better understanding of the Earth's dynamic interior, with a focus on the mantle, which convects slowly over millions of years, and the lithosphere, which is broken into several tectonic plates that move in response to mantle flow. I accomplish this using three-dimensional, time-dependent, numerical models of mantle flow that can be constrained using geological and geophysical observations. Such constraints stem from a variety of geoscience disciplines and include observations such as Earth's surface topography, tectonic plate motions (both past and present), patterns of seismicity at plate boundaries, and direct observations of mantle flow made using seismic tomography or seismic anisotropy. When compared against predictions made using numerical models of mantle flow, these geological and geophysical observations reveal the dynamical workings of our planet's active interior, and its influence on our surface environment.