TeMaS is a collaborative effort of the Universities of Mainz, Frankfurt and Heidelberg that coordinates interdisciplinary research on magmatic processes in the broadest sense, from the generation of magma in the Earth’s mantle through its eruption in volcanoes and how that impacts the atmosphere and climate.

It is funded by grants from Rheinland-Pfalz, the University of Frankfurt and Heidelberg University.

Goals

Magmatic processes are central to the geosciences, as they constitute the main connection between the deep solid Earth and the surface. They are responsible for the creation of continents on Earth, for the generation of large ore deposits, and for catastrophic volcanic eruptions that directly and indirectly affect the lives of millions of people.

Over the last decade, significant advances have been made in our investigation of magmatic systems, and we now know that we can only understand such systems in an integrative and interdisciplinary manner. They need to be considered at the mantle-to-atmosphere scale and not just by analyzing shallow magma chambers that directly feed volcanoes. It has also been realized that magmatic systems are highly dynamic and are formed by many small pulses of magma, of which less than 10% erupts in volcanoes, with most melt crystallizing within the Earth’s crust during its upward flow. Why that is, and how the dynamics of these complex physical and chemical systems work from the deep mantle to the atmosphere, is largely unknown.

Our goal is to understand how magmatic processes work on vastly different scales and how different environments (subsurface, surface, and atmosphere) are intertwined. This will be achieved by combining unique expertise and multidisciplinary approaches of members of the Departments of the Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at the Universities of Mainz, Frankfurt and Heidelberg.

News

DFG Grant for Luca De Siena

The project will combine novel seismic imaging and geodynamic approaches especially developed for magmatic systems and apply them to understand volcanism across the SE Asia - Australia collision zone.

TeMaS 2020 Meeting

TeMaS organized its team meeting online on November 30th, 2020.

TeMaS sponsored a field trip to Vulcano, Italy

Halogens (F, Cl, Br, I) are important volatile components in magmas, in addition to H2O, CO2 and S. Their extremely high chemical activity in melts and fluids leads to a significant influence on the properties of magmas, on magma degassing, on the extraction, transport and deposition of metals as well as on the chemistry of volcanic emissions and composition of atmosphere.

Partners

High-potential Research Area of JGU

TeMaS is a consortium of researchers from the Universities in Mainz, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. The main funding comes from the Research Initiative of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. https://research.uni-mainz.de/top-level-and-high-potential-research-areas-of-jgu/

Workshops

TeMaS 2020 Fall Meeting

TeMaS organizes an online team meeting on November 30th, 2020.

Synthetic Volcano Geophysical Laboratory 2020

Through a series of small workshops, TeMaS aims at bringing together small groups of researchers from different fields to work together in a specific topic and further collaboration that will, eventually, result in new science and joint publications.

Halogens in Magmatic Systems Workshop 2020

Through a series of small workshops, TeMaS aims at bringing together small groups of researchers from different fields to work together in a specific topic and further collaboration that will, eventually, result in new science and joint publications.

TeMaS 2019 Fall Meeting

The 2019 TeMaS fall meeting was held in Schloss Ebernburg on November 20 and 21. The main aim was to discuss progress on recently funded proposals, and flesh out overarching research questions that we want to address during the coming years.

ZASSy Workshop 2019

Through a series of small workshops, TeMaS aims at bringing together small groups of researchers from different fields to work together in a specific topic and further collaboration that will, eventually, result in new science and joint publications.

Ongoing & previous projects

Team

Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

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Mariana Cosarinsky

Coordinator

Project coordination, Organization of workshops, Finances, Website

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Andreas Vött

Professor of Geography, JGU Mainz

Coastal Geomorphology, Natural Hazards Research, Greoarcheology, Paleogeography, Environmental Ecology

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Boris Kaus

Professor of Geodynamics and Geophysics, JGU Mainz

Computational Geodynamics, Tectonics, Magmatic Processes, Modelling

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Christiane Voigt

Professor and Group Leader of Cloud Physics, JGU Mainz & DLR

Cloud physics, Impact of clouds on weather and climate, Cirrus clouds and PSCs, Aircraft emissions, contrails and contrail cirrus, Monitoring of volcanic ash for aviation safety

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Christoph Helo

Researcher, Volcanology Group, JGU Mainz

Volatile budgets in magmas, Submarine mid-ocean ridge volcanism, High P/T experimental petrology

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Dieter Mertz

Apl. Prof. & Leader of Isotope Geology, JGU

Isotope geology, Eifel volcanism

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Evangelos Moulas

Junior Professor Metamorphic Processes, JGU

Quantitative thermodynamics, Geomechanics

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Holger Tost

Professor of Theoretical Meteorology, JGU Mainz

Atmospheric chemistry and transport of constituents, Atmospheric aerosol (chemistry, microphysics and impacts), Interactions of clouds with atmospheric chemistry and vice versa

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Jan Esper

Professor of Geography, JGU Mainz

Global Climate Change, Paleoclimatology, Urban Climate, Dendochronology

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Jonathan Castro

Professor of Volcanology, JGU Mainz

Volcanic Eruption Dynamics, Experimental Petrology, Silicate Melt Rheology and Deformation, Volatile Element Degassing, Three-Dimensional Textural Analysis

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Luca De Siena

Professor of Volcano Seismology, JGU Mainz

Theoretical and Computational Seismology, Geophysical Imaging of Volcanoes, Seismic and Volcanic Hazards, Lithospheric and Mantle Tomography

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Peter Fischer

Researcher in Geomorphology, Institute of Geography, JGU Mainz

Geomorphology, Quaternary Sciences, Geoarcheology, (Paleo-) Pedology

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Peter Hoor

Professor of Experimental Meteorology, JGU Mainz

Transport & mixing processes in the troposphere, Distribution of trace gases in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, Airborne measurements

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Roman Botcharnikov

Professor of Petrology, JGU Mainz

Magmatism in the mantle and crust, Volcanic Systems, Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry, Metallogeny

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Stephan Buhre

Akademische Oberrat, JGU Mainz

Electron Microprobe Analysis, Experimental Petrology, Archean continental growth, in-situ XRD using synchrotron radiation

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Thorsten Hoffmann

Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, JGU Mainz

Chemistry in nanometer particles, Organic trace analysis of atmospheric marker species in ice cores, Chemical characterization of submicrometer organic aerosols

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Virginia Toy

Professor of Tectonics and Structural Geology, JGU Mainz

Rheology of Geological Materials, Tectonic Plate Motion, Paleoseismology and Landscape Evolution, Geo-resource Sustainability

Goethe University, Frankfurt

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Alan Woodland

Professor of Mineralogy, Goethe University Frankfurt

Redox reactions and metasomatic processes in the mantle, Petrological and geochemical evolution of magmatic systems, Thermodynamic properties of Fe-minerals, Geochemical behavior or Li in the mantle

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Andreas Junge

Professor of Geophysics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Applied geophysics (magnetotelluric, geoelectric), Anisotropic properties of electrical conductivity, Time series analysis and robust statistical methods, Numerical modeling and inversion

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Andreas Kürten

Researcher in Experimental Atmospheric Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt

Aerosol particle nucleation, Cloud formation, Measurement of gas-phase compounds

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Georg Rümpker

Professor of Geophysics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Seismic anisotropy and disconitinuities of the lithosphere-astenosphere system, Lithospheric structure and seismicity of rift systems, Subduction-zone discontinuities and mantle deformation, Seismic monitoring of geothermal zones

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Harro Schmeling

Professor of Geophysics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Mantle convection, Evolution and structure of plumes, Melting and percolation processes in a convecting mantle, Physical properties of partially molten rocks, Role of phase transitions on subducting slabs, Dynamics of orogenic processes

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Horst Marschall

Wilhelm-Heraeus-Professor for Deep Earth Processes, Goethe University Frankfurt

Metamorphic Petrology, Geochronology, Isotope Geochemistry

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Joachim Curtius

Professor of Experimental Atmospheric Research, Goethe University Frankfurt

Aerosol particles, nucleation, composition, precursor gases, and impact on climate, Aerosol-cloud interactions, Atmospheric ions and ion clusters, Ice nucleation, Aircraft emissions

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Kevin Klimm

Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt

Experimental Petrology, Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry

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Laura Uenver-Thiele

Researcher, Metamorphic Processes, Goethe University Frankfurt

Metamorphic processes, Metasomatism

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Miriam Reiss

Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Large-scale dynamic processes

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Nick Bagdassarov

Professor of Geophysics, Geothe University Frankfurt

Rheology and anelasticity of rocks, Magma physics, Electrical conductivity of rocks and melts at HP/HT

Ruprecht Karl University, Heidelberg

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André Butz

Professor of Atmospheric Remote Sensing, University of Heidelberg

Man-made greenhouse gas emissions, Biogenic carbon cycle, Volcanic carbon dioxide emissions, Background greenhouse gas measurements for model and satellite validation

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Axel Schmitt

Professor of Isotope Geology and Petrology, University of Heidelberg

Timescales of magmatic processes, Origin, growth, and recycling of the continental crust, Continental rifting and magmatism, Magma-driven geothermal systems and their thermal histories

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Lucie Tajcmanova

Professor of Mineralogical and Petrological Processes, University of Heidelberg

Interplay between mechanics and chemical processes, Duration of metamorphic events, Influence of non-lithostatic pressure on metamorphic reactions, Dehydration and melting in deforming porous rocks

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Maren Kahl

Research Associate, University of Heidelberg

Volcanic Eruptions, Timescales of magmatic processes

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Nicole Bobrowski

Researcher in Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg

Tropospheric chemistry, Free radicals in the troposphere, Volcanic degassing, especially of halogens

Max Planck Institute, Mainz

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Thomas Wagner

Leader of Satellite Remote Sensing Group, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Spectral analysis of backscattered and reflected sunlight, Tropospheric and stratospheric trace gases analysis, Numerical simulation of the atmospheric radiative transfer

LMU Munich

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Adrian Hornby

Researcher in Volcanology, LMU Munich

volcanic ash characterization, ash-gas reactions, experimental volcanology, rock physics

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Don Dingwell

Professor Experimental Volcanology, LMU Munich & GFK Fellow, Mainz

Experimental investigation of the physics and chemistry of magmas and melts, and their volcanological, geochemical and petrological significance, Magma rheology and experimental volcanology

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Ulrich Küppers

Senior Researcher in Volcanology, LMU Munich

experimental volcanology, explosive volcanism, field work, magma fragmentation, volcanic ash

Steering Committee

Spokespersons

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Boris Kaus

Professor of Geodynamics and Geophysics, JGU Mainz

Computational Geodynamics, Tectonics, Magmatic Processes, Modelling

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Horst Marschall

Wilhelm-Heraeus-Professor for Deep Earth Processes, Goethe University Frankfurt

Metamorphic Petrology, Geochronology, Isotope Geochemistry

Steering Committee

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Alan Woodland

Professor of Mineralogy, Goethe University Frankfurt

Redox reactions and metasomatic processes in the mantle, Petrological and geochemical evolution of magmatic systems, Thermodynamic properties of Fe-minerals, Geochemical behavior or Li in the mantle

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Axel Schmitt

Professor of Isotope Geology and Petrology, University of Heidelberg

Timescales of magmatic processes, Origin, growth, and recycling of the continental crust, Continental rifting and magmatism, Magma-driven geothermal systems and their thermal histories

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Georg Rümpker

Professor of Geophysics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Seismic anisotropy and disconitinuities of the lithosphere-astenosphere system, Lithospheric structure and seismicity of rift systems, Subduction-zone discontinuities and mantle deformation, Seismic monitoring of geothermal zones

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Jan Esper

Professor of Geography, JGU Mainz

Global Climate Change, Paleoclimatology, Urban Climate, Dendochronology

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Jonathan Castro

Professor of Volcanology, JGU Mainz

Volcanic Eruption Dynamics, Experimental Petrology, Silicate Melt Rheology and Deformation, Volatile Element Degassing, Three-Dimensional Textural Analysis

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Lucie Tajcmanova

Professor of Mineralogical and Petrological Processes, University of Heidelberg

Interplay between mechanics and chemical processes, Duration of metamorphic events, Influence of non-lithostatic pressure on metamorphic reactions, Dehydration and melting in deforming porous rocks

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Roman Botcharnikov

Professor of Petrology, JGU Mainz

Magmatism in the mantle and crust, Volcanic Systems, Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry, Metallogeny

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Thorsten Hoffmann

Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, JGU Mainz

Chemistry in nanometer particles, Organic trace analysis of atmospheric marker species in ice cores, Chemical characterization of submicrometer organic aerosols

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Virginia Toy

Professor of Tectonics and Structural Geology, JGU Mainz

Rheology of Geological Materials, Tectonic Plate Motion, Paleoseismology and Landscape Evolution, Geo-resource Sustainability

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