I study the active deformation of the lithosphere. Along with the iTECC postdoc in Cambridge (Romain Jolivet) I will be investigating the deformation and dynamics of mountain ranges, with application to the Tibetan Plateau. We aim to link our observations and models with the work undertaken across the iTECC project to help develop a coherent view of the evolution of the mountain range that is consistent with the full range of available information.
Publications related to iTECC:
Copley, A., J-P. Avouac and B.P. Wernicke, Evidence for mechanical coupling and strong Indian lower crust beneath southern Tibet, Nature, 472, p.79-81, doi:10.1038/nature09926, 2011.
Copley, A., J-P. Avouac, J. Hollingsworth, and S. Leprince, The 2001 Mw 7.6 Bhuj earthquake, low fault friction, and the crustal support of plate driving forces in India, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, doi:10.1029/2010JB008137, 2011.
Copley, A., J-P. Avouac and J-Y. Royer, The India-Asia collision and the Cenozoic slowdown of the Indian plate; implications for the forces driving plate motions, Journal of Geophysical Research 115, doi:10.1029/2009JB006634, 2010.
Craig, T., A. Copley, and J. Jackson, Thermal and tectonic consequences of India underthrusting Tibet, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 353-354, p.231-239, 2012.