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Welcome to the COOLER Project
The ERC-funded research project COOLER aims to quantify the feedbacks between tectonic processes in the lithosphere and climatic processes in the atmosphere. Advancing our understanding of these couplings requires the development of tools that record erosion rates and relief changes with higher spatial and temporal resolution than the current state-of-the-art, and integrating the newly obtained data into next-generation numerical models that link observed erosion-rate and relief histories to potential driving mechanisms.
Within the COOLER project, we will:
The new high-resolution data will be integrated and extrapolated to quantitatively assess the impact of late Cenozoic climate change on erosion rates. Integration and analysis of the data will lead to novel insights into the two-way coupling of glacial erosion and tectonics, as well as latitudinal trends in glacial erosion patterns.
- Develop new high-resolution thermochronology by setting up a world-leading 4He/3He laboratory
- Develop numerical modelling tools that incorporate the latest insights in kinetics of thermochronological systems and make sample-specific predictions
- Couple these tools to glacial landscape-evolution models, enabling modelling of real landscapes with real thermochronology data as constraints
- Study potential feedbacks between glacial erosion and tectonic deformation in carefully selected field areas