Crustal Dynamics: Unified Understanding of Geodynamics Processes at Different Time and Length Scales

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to the special issue on the Crustal Dynamics: Unified Understanding of Geodynamics Processes at Different Time and Length Scales.

The 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake occurred on an unexpected scale, which made us realize that the generation mechanisms of earthquakes are poorly understood. To provide a unified view of the geodynamic processes including earthquake generation processes in the Japanese arc–trench system, it is necessary to clarify the absolute values of crustal stresses, the stress–strain field, and the basic properties of the island arc crust and mantle, such as viscosity and frictional coefficients along major faults.

This special issue covers all disciplines concerning the crustal dynamics of arc–trench systems and other tectonic settings, including:

  • seismic and geodetic observations
  • geomorphology
  • natural and experimental rock deformation research
  • geofluids
  • numerical simulations of crustal deformation and earthquake generation


Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Earth, Planets and Space. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Earth, Planets and Space submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct special issue please select the appropriate special issue in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the special issue on 'Crustal Dynamics: Unified Understanding of Geodynamics Processes at Different Time and Length Scales'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017


Lead Guest Editor

Yoshihisa Iio, Kyoto University, Japan

Guest Editors

Richard H. Sibson, Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of Otago, New Zealand
Toru Takeshita, Hokkaido University, Japan
Takeshi Sagiya, Nagoya University, Japan
Bunichiro Shibazaki, Building Research Institute, Japan
Junichi Nakajima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


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