CEED launched

Based at University of Oslo, and led by Prof. Trond Torsvik, the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics will provide a boost to GPlates development, especially focusing on paleomagnetic data. Research highlights from the CEED include study of Deep Earth, Dynamic Earth, Virtual Earth, Comparative Planetology, mass extinctions and environmental changes. Learn more here.

Recent GPlates research and datasets

A new GPlates tectonic model for South East Asia

Download Paper, supplementary data and view a reconstruction animation

New global oceanic paleo-age and paleo-heatflow maps
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Reconstructions of the Arctic improved
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Sediment thickness maps improved
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Interactive and quantitative palaeogeographic maps developed Access paper and plate model, with downloadable datasets

East-Gondwana break-up refined
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Dynamic topography reviewed Access paper and topographic grids

Big Data Knowledge Discovery Launch

June 2013 saw commencement of a $12million, 3-year collaboration, for a ground-breaking project that will use big-data and machine learning to deliver new insights to the natural sciences - the geoscience thread is being led by Professor Dietmar Müller, at the University of Sydney. Read more.

NSF Announces First Building Block Projects for EarthCube

GPlates functionality and reconstructions will become accessible as WebServices through the new EarthCube infrastructure program in the U.S. Read more here.

Research Highlights

Hidden hotspot track beneath eastern US

Mike Gurnis and a team of collaborators found the track of a hotspot hidden in the very old, thick crust of the Eastern United States.
Read the research paper published in Nature Geoscience

Opal research

Using GPlates, the first opal prospectivity map has been generated and was welcomed by media attention in Australia and overseas. Read the research papers published in the Australian Journal of Earth Science and Computers and Geosciences. Media release and story here

EOS Research Spotlight
Simon Williams et al. 2013, reveal early Australia-India spread history. Read EOS article and download paper

Seton et al. 2012 paper in top 25 most downloaded Elsevier articles
The paper, Global reconstructions of continents and ocean basins for the last 200 Million years, was number 16 in the top 25 downloaded geology articles for the first half of 2013.

Global Distribution of GPlates users

NEW GPlates Tutorials

With the release of GPlates Version 1.3 new functionality has been added, including:
  • Volume visualisation of 3D scalar fields
  • Data-mining
  • Surface relief lighting
Learn more, with the latest tutorials.
Download GPlates 1.3

Data Mining Functionality

The burst in GPlates development has resulted in new horizons for exploration and gained media attention, including a cover story in the Australian Mining Magazine (shown below), “Data mining: a new frontier for mineral exploration” in the July/August 2013 issue and this Energy News story, “Clues for stressed Australian explorers” 18 July 2013.

Awards for GPlates Researchers

Professor Mike Gurnis, a co-developer and user of GPlates, has been awarded the 2013 Augustus Love Medal for fundamental contributions to geodynamics.

Dr Jo Whittaker has been awarded with a L'Oreal 'Women in Science' Fellowship worth $25K, for her continued work unravelling the history of India-Antarctica break-up.

In addition, Jo received the prestigious Edgeworth David Medal for distinguished work in Geophysics!

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For more information contact:
Prof. Dietmar Müller, The University of Sydney: dietmar.muller@sydney.edu.au
Prof. Mike Gurnis, California Institute of Technology: gurnis@caltech.edu
Prof. Trond Torsvik, University of Oslo: t.h.torsvik@geo.uio.no

Our mailing address is:
Madsen Building F09, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.