Two centuries of modelling across scales (SE/ESurf inter-journal SI)(SE/ESurf inter-journal SI)
Two centuries of modelling across scales (SE/ESurf inter-journal SI)(SE/ESurf inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): S. Buiter and A. Lang Special issue jointly organized between Solid Earth and Earth Surface Dynamics
Two hundred years ago Sir James Hall provided an explanation for folded rocks at the east coast of Scotland by laterally pushing together pieces of cloth and clay in boxes. This demonstration laid the foundations for utilizing analogue models as a tool for better understanding geological processes and initiated the field of modelling in the Earth sciences. Since then models have become an integral part of many disciplines and are routinely used to gain insights into processes that defy observation, such as those that occur inside the Earth, over long timescales, and/or over large spatial regions. Models have proven to be invaluable for stimulating new ideas, testing hypotheses that would otherwise not be testable, as well as understanding fundamental processes and exploring them in a quantitative manner.

The special issue "Two centuries of modelling across scales" aims at bringing together review articles on modelling in the fields of tectonics, geomorphology, volcanology, rock physics, and geodynamics that emphasise historical developments and current highlights, or explore limitations and future challenges.

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29 May 2018
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Glacial isostatic adjustment modelling: historical perspectives, recent advances, and future directions
Pippa L. Whitehouse
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 401–429,,, 2018
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27 Apr 2018
A review of laboratory and numerical modelling in volcanology
Janine L. Kavanagh, Samantha L. Engwell, and Simon A. Martin
Solid Earth, 9, 531–571,,, 2018
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19 May 2017
Analogue earthquakes and seismic cycles: experimental modelling across timescales
Matthias Rosenau, Fabio Corbi, and Stephane Dominguez
Solid Earth, 8, 597–635,,, 2017
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22 Mar 2017
Laboratory rivers: Lacey's law, threshold theory, and channel stability
François Métivier, Eric Lajeunesse, and Olivier Devauchelle
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 187–198,,, 2017
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21 Oct 2016
Folding and necking across the scales: a review of theoretical and experimental results and their applications
Stefan Markus Schmalholz and Neil Sydney Mancktelow
Solid Earth, 7, 1417–1465,,, 2016
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