Department of Mathematics

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore 560 012






Attreyee Ghosh
Affiliation : Center for Earth Sciences, IISc

Subject Area






Department of Mathematics, Lecture Hall I




03:00 PM




May 18, 2017 (Thursday)



"Explaining the Earth’s surface observations: a Computational
Geodynamics Approach"


The field of geodynamics deals with the large scale forces shaping the Earth. Computational geodynamics, which uses numerical modeling, is one of the most important tools to understand the mechanisms within the deep Earth. With the help of these numerical models we can address some of the outstanding questions regarding the processes operating within the Earth's interior and their control on shaping the surface of the planet. Much of Earth’s surface observations such as gravity anomalies, plate motions, dynamic topography, lithosphere stress field, owe their origin to convection within the Earth’s mantle. While we understand the basic nature of such flow in the mantle, a lot remains unexplained, including the complex rheology of the deep mantle and how this density driven convective flow couples with the shallow surface. In this talk I will discuss how my group is using numerical modeling to understand the influence of the deep mantle on surface observations.