Philip Smith, PhD student

Neotectonics of the UK: linking crustal deformation to surface evolution

Supervisors: Professor Richard England and Professor Jan Zalasiewicz

Project Overview

Philip Smith
Philip Smith
My research is focusing on the tectonic development of the UK from the Late Cretaceous to the present day; in particular the vertical plate movement and it’s relation to relative sea-level change. Stratigraphic surfaces in the South East of England and the Southern North Sea will be mapped, linking  the UK offshore sedimentary sequences to the onshore geological record. In constraining the structural geometry of subsequent palaeo-surfaces an uplift and subsidence model can be developed. This model will be used to predict surface elevation and relative sea level change in the Anthropocene. As part of this I will explore the question of whether and how human activity may influence vertical crustal motion.

Research Questions

  • How much and how has the UK has moved vertically in the recent geological past?
  • How much will the UK move in the near future?
  • What is the human influence on vertical crustal motion?

Bathymetry model
A present day generalised average depth bathymetry model for the UK. Red denotes a depth less than 50 m. Map courtesy of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

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School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
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