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Morphotectonic Map of the European Lowland Area (MELA)

The Project was prepared within HUMAN RESOURCES AND MOBILITY (HRM) ACTIVITY; MARIE CURIE ACTIONS; Marie Curie Host Fellowships for the Transfer of Knowledge (ToK), Development Host Scheme. 1 September 2006 – 30.08.2008;

The partner institutions are:

  • Technische Universität Berlin, Civil Engineering and Applied Geosciences,
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Hydrogeologie,
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geographisches Institut,
  • University of Aarhus, Department of Earth Sciences,
  • Landesamt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe Brandenburg,
  • Polish Geological Institute, Pomeranian Branch, Szczecin (co-ordinator).

The focus of the project is to combine the present knowledge of hydrogeology, stratigraphy, tectonics, and, the elaboration of an interdisciplinary method of studying changes happening in inanimate nature in Quaternary, in the past and present. The team's effort will result in creation of a uniform model of changes of the natural environment for the entire European Lowland Area.

The team will deal with the following new subjects:

  • impact of the various tectonic structures on the glacial processes in Pleistocene, in connection with multiphase liquid flow in the basement,
  • correlation of the direct and remote sensing techniques, used in the analysis of the young Alpine, glaciotectonique and neotectonique structures to define zones with especially intensive disturbances, influencing hydrodynamic field and initiating mass movements,
  • assessment of the nuclear physics techiques utilised in direct age dating as well as testing environmental pollution,
  • elaboration of a new prospecting technique for oil and gas deposits.

The Morphotectonic Map of European Lowland Area will demonstrate the subsurface structures activity in connection with active subsurface and surface processes. The development of these processes in the course of time, together with a precisely defined their age, will enable research on the natural environment and forecasting of natural conditions of human living.

Within the MARIE CURIE ACTIONS 6 courses on thermo-haline groundwater flow modeling were carried out at the Polish Geological Institute, Szczecin by Dr. habil Ekkehard Holzbecher (Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics) and Dr. Claus Kohfahl (Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Hydrogeologie).



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