Project 559 - Crustal Architecture and Landscape Evolution
This project will focus on that part of planet Earth that has the most significance for the world’s communities, namely the Earth’s crust, that outer part of the planet on which we all live. The project will make available to communities-at-large a wealth of information and seismic imaging that is commonly only available to research workers but yet has a profound effect on how we think of the landscapes, natural environments and their controlling geological processes and tectonic influences.
An understanding of crustal architecture and tectonic history/processes is fundamental to any appreciation and understanding of landscapes, surface geology and natural hazards at a local, regional and global scale.
The project aims to bridge the gap between scientific effort and the public interest and give a real insight into nature of the major geological processes in the outer 50-70 km of the Earth that directly affects our lives.
Through the project’s web site development phase, it will link and archive images and sources of information on crustal architecture from world-wide seismic imaging programs. Through the sponsorship of key international symposia the project will foster international cooperation and knowledge transfer.
The project has widespread relevance to decision making in the areas of natural resource development, urban and national infrastructure planning, university teaching, groundwater management and natural hazards assessment on all continents.