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Quarternary evolution of the Japanese Alps

Constraining the role of erosion in feedbacks between tectonics and climate: Quaternary evolution of the Japanese Alps

The objective of this project is to quantify uplift and erosion rates in the Japanese Alps in the Quaternary period and to provide new evidence on the interplay between climate and tectonics. The project uses different low temperature thermochronometries, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He and ESR. Our role in the project is to establish the method of the ESR thermochronology to be able to reconstruct the exhumation history of rocks above the limit of OSL thermochronology, which is limited to ca. last 200 ka.

Project Management

Dr. Georgina King University Bern

Project Researcher


Swiss National Foundation Ambizione Project