Tectonics and seismicity of the Alps-Pannonian-Dinarides Junction

The Eastern Alps, Southern Alps, and northern Dinarides form the northeastern corner of the Adriatic microplate, where due to its counter-clockwise rotation, this plate is currently indenting the Alpine orogenic edifice. The Southern Alps is the seismically most active part of the orogen and coincides with a controversial, proposed switch in slab polarity. North of this active convergent zone, the Eastern Alps have extended eastward into the Pannonian Basin with thinned orogenic lithosphere behind the retreating Carpathian orogen. Investigation of the Alps-Pannonian-Dinarides junction thus offers a unique opportunity to study mechanisms of plate deformation at the transition from head-on continental collision (Alps) and oblique transpression (Dinarides) to rollback subduction (Carpathians).

This orogenic junction lies at the eastern end of the AlpArray Station Network (AASN) and is also covered by two densified station arrays (Complementary Experiments EASI and SWATH-D). We will combine a variety of tectonic, geodetic and seismological methods to interpret incoming data from these arrays in a broad geodynamic framework. Specifically, this collaborative project will address the following basic questions that are relevant to orogenic research: (1) how is crustal seismicity related to the current motion pattern of crustal blocks in the Alps? (2) has this motion pattern changed with time? (3) can the history of crustal motion be related to the geometry of lithospheric slabs and slab gaps at Adria-Europe interface? (4) what is the nature and degree of coupling within the crust and at the crust-mantle boundary during indentation and rollback subduction?

The overall goal is to understand crust-mantle interactions underlying the highly mobile behavior of tectonic plates that is typical of the Alpine collisional belt. This effort is multidisciplinary and to date involves researchers from 19 institutions in 6 countries.

Project Meetings


Trieste, 8-9-(10) May 2019

Seismotectonics of the Eastern and Southern Alps and their transition to the Dinarides

The Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS invites all interested parties to a meeting in Trieste on collaborative research on the seismotectonics of the Alps and their transition to the Dinarides.
The workshop will provide a multidiscipinary overview of past and ongoing studies in the area, with particular focus on seismological and tectonic models. The aim is also to facilitate networking amongst researchers working in the area. Emphasis will be given to studies on incoming data from the densified station networks, and on integrating such studies with surface structures and kinematics.

•    Structure beneath the Eastern Alpine region
•    Geodynamics of Eastern Alpine Orogeny
•    Seismicity, Seismotectonics and Seismic Hazard

8, 9 and 10 of May 2019 (Wednesday, Thursday and optionally Friday)

The meeting will be held on the 8. - 9. of Mayin Trieste at the Museo Revoltella meeting room (http://www.museorevoltella.it) – via Armando Diaz 27

Registration is free of charge. If you wish to participate, fill the registration form before 31 of March 2019.
Download the full program HERE
Talks: 15 minutes (13 + 2 for questions) + some invited keynotes
Scientific Committee: Mark Handy, Stefano Parolai, Michael Weber, Edi Kissling, Irene Molinari, Giuliana Rossi, Alessandro Vuan
The scientific committee will select the oral presentations based on the abstracts submitted.

The organisation is not covering travel, accommodation and meal costs. Only coffee breaks will be provided.

Travel to/from Trieste
Trieste is located in the northeast corner of Italy, close to the Slovenian border. It is easily reachable by plane, train and automobile. Arriving by plane, one can choose to land at Trieste Airport, Venice Marco Polo Airport, or Treviso Airport. Trains operated by Trenitalia travel frequently between Trieste and major Italian cities. Buses are available for local and regional transport.
Accommodation in Trieste
There are several hotels at similar prices in the city centre which is most practical for accessing the Meeting place and for your travel. Book a suitable accommodation for yourself either from the list or at any other place you would like.
Some Hotels near the meeting location in the city centre:
HOTEL CONTINENTALE tel.: +39 - 040/631717 V. S. Nicolò,25 - www.continentalehotel.com
URBAN HOTEL DESIGN tel.: +39 - 040/302065 Androna Chiusa 4 - www.urbanhotel.it

ALBERGO ALLA POSTA tel.: +39 - 040/365208 P.zza Oberdan 1- www.albergopostatrieste.it
HOTEL MILANO tel: +39 - 040/369680 Via Ghega 17- www.hotel-milano.com
HOTEL JAMES JOYCE tel.: +39 - 040/311023 Via dei Cavazzeni, 7- www.urbanhotel.it
HOTEL L'ALBERO NASCOSTO tel.: +39 - 040/300188 Via F. Venezian 18 - www.alberonascosto.it

Cheaper hotels:
HOTEL CAPITELLI tel.: +39 - 040/305947 Via Trauner, 1 - www.hotelcapitelli.it
PENSIONE GIANNI tel.: +39 - 3471759782 Via Lazzareto Vecchio, 22 - www.pensionegianni.com
HOTEL ALABARDA tel.: +39 - 040/639284 Via Valdirivo, 22 - www.hotelalabarda.it
HOTEL PORTACAVANA tel.: +39 - 040/301313 Via Felice Venezian, 14 - www.hotelportacavana.it

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