Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Mantle Dynamics: Linking Surface and Deep processes


Over the last century our description of the movement and deformation of the Earth's outer layer evolved from the hypothesis of Continental Drift into Sea-Floor Spreading and then to the theory of Plate Tectonics. Now a fourth revolution is underway in which Plate Tectonics is being subsumed into the new framework of Mantle Dynamics. This will allow the full dynamic understanding and prediction of Earth motion and deformation using interdisciplinary techniques. Through the Centre for Advanced Study Norway has a unique opportunity to make a key contribution to understanding the Dynamic Earth by gathering top scientists in palaeomagnetism, marine geophysics, plate kinematics, seismic tomography, mineral physics, comparative planetology, and mantle and lithosphere modelling ─ This will set the stage for long-term scientific achievements that should ultimately explain plate tectonics in the framework of mantle convection.


  • Brodholt, John Peter
    Professor University College London 2010/2011
  • Buiter, Susanne
    Professor Geological Survey of Norway 2010/2011
  • Burke, Kevin
    Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2010/2011
  • Conrad, Clinton Phillips
    Assistant Professor University of Hawaii at Manoa 2010/2011
  • Dubrovin, Pavel Valeryevich
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2010/2011
  • Gaina, Carmen
    Team leader Geological Survey of Norway 2010/2011
  • Gurnis, Michael C.
    Professor California Institute of Technology 2010/2011
  • Müller, Ralph Dietmar
    Professor University of Sydney 2010/2011
  • Steinberger, Bernhard Maximilian
    Senior Researcher German Research Centre for Geosciences 2010/2011
  • Trønnes, Reidar G.
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2010/2011
  • Werner, Stephanie C.
    Dr. University of Oslo (UiO) 2010/2011
  • van Hinsbergen, Douwe Jacob Jan
    Dr. University of Oslo (UiO) 2010/2011
  • van der Voo, Rob
    Professor University of Michigan 2010/2011

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Group leader

  • Trond Helge Torsvik

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2010/2011