Mathematical Geophysics

A Survey of Recent Developments in Seismology and Geodynamics

  • N. J. Vlaar
  • G. Nolet
  • M. J. R. Wortel
  • S. A. P. L. Cloetingh

Part of the Modern Approaches in Geophysics book series (MAGE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Seismology and Three Dimensional Structure of the Earth

  3. Convection and Lithospheric Processes

    1. Geomagnetism

    2. Mantle convection

      1. G. T. Jarvis, W. R. Peltier
        Pages 209-226
      2. Francesca Quareni, David A. Yuen
        Pages 227-264
      3. Philippe Machetel, David A. Yuen
        Pages 265-290
    3. Postglacial rebound

    4. Thermomechanical processes in the lithosphere

      1. S. A. P. L. Cloetingh, M. J. R. Wortel
        Pages 363-387
      2. C. L. Angevine, S. R. Linneman, P. L. Heller
        Pages 389-399
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 401-407

About this book


The contributions to this book follow a topical trend. In several geophysical fields evidence is accumulating concerning the deviation of the earth's structure from radial symmetry. Seismology provides the most adequate resolution for revealing the earth's lateral inhomogeneity on a global to local scale. Lateral structure in the density distribution is also manifest in the earth's gravity field and in the geoid. Asphericity in physical parameters, generally supposed only to vary with the vertical coordinate, has a profound influence on geodynamics. The effects of these deviations from spherical symmetry concern in particular convection theory, post-glacial rebound and the dynamics of the lithosphere and upper mantle in general. At the 16th International Conference on Mathematical Geophysics which was held in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, in 1986, the need was felt to present the state of the art. Several prospective authors were found interested to contribute to the present book. This Oosterbeek conference was one in a long series of topical conferences starting with the Upper Mantle Project Symposia on Geophysical Theory and Computers in the 1960s, and thence their successors, the conferences on Mathematical Geophysics, until the present.


geophysics scattering theory seismology

Editors and affiliations

  • N. J. Vlaar
    • 1
  • G. Nolet
    • 1
  • M. J. R. Wortel
    • 1
  • S. A. P. L. Cloetingh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7785-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2857-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-6096
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