Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Research article
11 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 11 Jul 2023

The effect of temperature-dependent material properties on simple thermal models of subduction zones

Iris van Zelst, Cedric Thieulot, and Timothy J. Craig

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A common simplification in subduction zone models is the use of constant thermal parameters, while experiments have shown that they vary with temperature. We test various formulations of temperature-dependent thermal parameters and show that they change the thermal structure of the subducting slab. We recommend that modelling studies of the thermal structure of subduction zones take the temperature dependence of thermal parameters into account, especially when providing insights into seismicity.