GEODYNAMICS SIO 234
http://topex.ucsd.edu/geodynamics
A
general course on the dynamics and kinematics of the
solidearth based on the text of Turcotte and Schubert.
Prerequisite: some familiarity with
(or willingness to learn ) partial differential equations and
fourier transforms.
David Sandwell; 1102 IGPP; dsandwell@ucsd.edu; Ph.
5347109
Lecture
course, 4units, letter grade or S/U grade, homework,
presentations, quizes, final.
DATE 
TOPIC 
READING/HOMEWORK 
LECTURER 
24 SEP 
Review complex numbers and contour
integration 
Problems 

Introduction and
Plate Tectonics 

25 SEP 
Class Overview Plate Tectonics  Observations KML files 
Read: T&S, Ch. 1.1 to 1.14 or Plate Tectonics, S,T&O, Ch. 2. HW1 
Sandwell 
28 SEP 
Plate
Tectonic  Theory Plate Map 
Read: The
Ocean basins: Their Structure and Evolution, Chapter 2 (in IGPP Reading Room) Reference: MORVEL Tectonic Model 
Sandwell 
30 SEP 
Applications of Fourier Transforms  Functions of a Complex
Variable (review); Matlab Tutorial HW2  Due Oct 9 
Sandwell 
02 OCT 
Marine Magnetic Anomalies  
Sandwell 
05 OCT 
Quiz: Plate Tectonics  
Heat Flow  
07 OCT 
Heat Conduction, Heat Flow Measurements, and Global Heat Budget 
Read: T&S, Ch. 4.1 to 4.19 View Videos on Plate Tectonics Maria Seton Dick Hey John Tarduno 
Sandwell 
09 OCT 
Continental and Oceanic
Geotherms 
HW3  publications for HW3 
Sandwell 
12 OCT 
Cooling of the Oceanic Lithosphere  Read: T&S,
Ch. 4.19 to 4.26 HW4  Problems from T&S, Ch. 4 49, 410, 414, 423, 424, 436, 437 DUE 19 OCT 
Sandwell 
14 OCT 
Ocean Floor Topography  Read: Hasterok, 2013 
Sandwell 
16 OCT 
Depth versus age Buoyancy of the Lithosphere; 
Parsons and Sclater, JGR,
1977 Stein and Stein, Nature, 1992 Doin and Fleitout, EPSL, 1996 Hillier and Watts, JGR, 2005 
Sandwell 
19 OCT 
Dikes and sills; Cooling of a Lava Lake (Stefan Problem) Summary of Boundary Later Cooling 
Read: Lateral Plate Shrinkage  Sandwell 
Isostasy, Rheology, and Flexure  
21 OCT 
Isostasy and
Crustal Thickness; Review Stress and Strain 
Schubert and
Sandwell, 1989 Flesch et al., 2001 
Sandwell 
23 OCT 
Rheology of the Lithosphere Moment vs. Curvature 
Brace and Kohlstedt,
JGR, 1980 Burov and Watts Burgmann and Dresen_2008 
Sandwell 
26 OCT 
Flexure
Theory 
Sandwell 

28 OCT 
Flexure Examples  Read: T&S, Ch 3.1 to 3.12 HW5  Problems from T&S, Ch. 3 31, 37, 314, 319, 322 DUE 06 NOV 
Sandwell 
30 OCT 
Presentations of heat flow problems 
Read: T&S, Ch. 3.13 to 3.18 
I
Becker, Gustafson A2  Mayer, Rosa C Adusumilli, Singleton 
02 NOV 
Presentations of heat flow problems  HW6  publications
for HW6 
DBlatter,
Shen F Oller, House B Chaparro, Oshea 
Earthquakes  
04 NOV 
Presentations of heat flow problems  Read: Interseismic
deformation due to strikeslip faults Read: T&S Ch. 8.1 to 8.9 
GWang,
Hu A1  Asefaw, Jones 
06 NOV 
Strikeslip fault: deformation and heat flow 
Read: Heat Flow Paradox Kang_DiPerna 
Sandwell 
09 NOV 
Earthquake Tools: GPS, INSAR, Strain 
Pinon Field
Guide 
Sandwell 
11 NOV 
Field Trip to Pinon Flat Observatory Quadcopter survey of EW strain meter tube 

Gravity  
13 NOV 
Global Gravity Reference Earth Model 
Read: T&S, Ch. 5.1 to 5.5 HW7  Due 30 NOV 
Sandwell 
16 NOV 
Laplace's Equation and Satellite
Altimetry 
Read: Watts, JGR, 1978  Sandwell 
18 NOV 
Presentations for HW6  A 
Becker, Gustafson B  Maher, House C  Wang, Hu 

20 NOV  Presentations for HW6  D 
Blatter, Shen E  Singleton, Adusumilli F Jones, Oshea 

23 NOV 
Poisson's Equation and Bouguer Anomalies  H 
Roza, Oller C  Asefaw, Chaparro Sandwell 

25 NOV 
Gravity/topography
transfer function 
Read: T&S, Ch. 6.1 to 6.10 Read: Parker, 1973 
Sandwell 
Fluid Mechanics 

30 NOV 
Isostatic geoid anomalies  Sandwell 

02 DEC 
Channel Flow and Stream Function  HW8  Problems from T&S, Ch. 6 61, 63, 66, 611 Due Dec 8 
Stegman 
04 DEC 
Postglacial Rebound  Sandwell 

05 DEC Noon Munk 
Review geodynamics questions from previous
departmental exams 
Practice
final quiz 

09 DEC 9:0011:00 
Final Exam  questions will be taken from
previous Geophysics Departmental Exams 
Sandwell 
Textbooks:
Geodynamics:
Second Edition, Turcotte, D. L. and Schubert, G., Cambridge
University Press, 2002.
or
Geodynamics: Third Edition, Turcotte, D. L. and
Schubert, G., Cambridge
University Press, 2014.
Reference Books:
Mantle
Dynamics: Mantle
Convection in the Earth and Planets, Schubert, G., Turcotte,
D. L. and P. Olson, Cambridge University Press, 2001
Fourier
Transforms: The Fourier Transform and its
Application, Bracewell, R. N., McGrawHill Book Co., New
York, 1978. (Chapters 2, 6)
Marine
Geophysics: The Ocean Basins: Their
Structure and Evolution, The Open University , Pergamon
Press, 1989. (Chapters 2, 3)
General
Ref.: Physics of the Earth, Stacey, F.
D., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1969.
Computer
Homework:
Computer homework
can be done using Fortran, C, or MATLAB which runs on most
machines. If you do not have a computer account we will
set you up.