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  Information - TS19 4D topographic evolution in Europe: Uplift, subsidence and see level rise (TOPO-EUROPE) (co-listed in GD & GM)

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Continental topography is at the interface of processes taking place at depth in the Earth, at its surface, and above it. Topography influences society, not only in terms of slow processes of landscape change but also in terms of how it affects climate. Topography evolution in the form of land, water and sea level changes can seriously affect the sustainability of ecological and human habitats in Europe. These changes are caused by both natural processes and human activities, whereas the absolute and relative contributions of these processes are still little understood. The impact of mantle- and lithospheric-scale processes affecting continental lithosphere has only recently been recognised, leading to the development of the “Environmental Earth System Dynamics” concept. In this context, this session addresses the 4D topographic evolution of Europe through a multidisciplinary approach linking geology, geophysics and geotechnology. The focus is on monitoring, imaging, reconstruction and modelling of the interplay of processes controlling continental topography and related natural hazard in various natural laboratories in Europe. From orogen through platform to continental margin, these natural laboratories include the Alps/Mediterranean collision zone, the NW European platform and the Atlantic continental margin. Contributions are welcome addressing several scientific issues of key relevance such as the 4D picture of topography evolution of various parts of Europe through the quantification of source-to-sink relations for the sediment budgets, land subsidence in the basins and deltas of Europe, quantification of land uplift and erosion in the orogens and characterisation of river and coastal tectonics.

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