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Geodynamics Research

Our geodynamic investigation will focus on three aspects:

  • Long-term evolution of fault zones in North China
    We will develop viscoelasto-plastic finite element models to simulate fault initiation and evolution around the Ordos Plateau, and constrain secular slip rates on major fault zones in North China in a self-consistent geodynamic framework.
  • Short-term stress migration and triggering
    We will simulate stress evolution and strain-energy migration associated with the ~50 large earthquakes that struck North China in the past 700 years.
  • Multi-scale faulting and fault interaction in a system approach
    We plan to explore the multi-scale earthquake processes in a self-consistent physical model in order to better understand the spatiotemporal patterns of earthquakes in North China.