313 pages, 15 colour & 45 b/w illustrations, 6 tables
Written as both a textbook and a handy reference, this text deliberately avoids complex mathematics assuming only basic familiarity with geodynamic theory and calculus. Here, the authors have brought together the key numerical techniques for geodynamic modeling, demonstrations of how to solve problems including lithospheric deformation, mantle convection and the geodynamo. Building from a discussion of the fundamental principles of mathematical and numerical modeling, the text moves into critical examinations of each of the different techniques before concluding with a detailed analysis of specific geodynamic applications.
Key differences between methods and their respective limitations are also discussed--showing readers when and how to apply a particular method in order to produce the most accurate results. This is an essential text for advanced courses on numerical and computational modeling in geodynamics and geophysics, and an invaluable resource for researchers looking to master cutting-edge techniques. Links to supplementary computer codes are available online.
An outstanding synthesis of contemporary issues in geodynamics with a rigorous but highly accessible treatment of modern methods in numerical modeling. I have no doubt that this book will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers entering the field of computational geophysics for years to come.
- David Bercovici, Yale University
"This is the most current and complete book on computational geodynamics. I would recommend this book to every aspiring student or researcher interested in computations."
- David Yuen, University of Minnesota
"... an essential text for advanced courses on numerical and computational modelling in geodynamics and geophysics, and an invaluable resource for researchers looking to master cutting-edge techniques."
- The Eggs EGU Newsletter (the-eggs.org)
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