Graduiertenkolleg Geowissenschaftl. Gemeinschaftsforsch. in Afrika
Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
Research foci (and basic equipment-based research projects):
Our Postgraduate Research Program "Geoscience Research in Africa" is based upon many years of research carried out by the Wuerzburger Team in different regions of northern, western and southern Africa. The postgraduate Program supports these activities and introduces new impulses. The research projects in the third phase concentrate on south-west Africa, with the aim to investigate geological and geographical processes in Namibia. The geotectonic position of Namibia lies in a region of active and passive continental margins, such as it is today. Geographically Namibia belongs to the arid regions of the southern hemisphere. They consist of the Namib-Desert and the bordering steppe, and represents an ecological as well as an economic-geographic area in an extremely sensitive region. As pointed out above, an interdisciplinary approach should be taken, in order to investigate geological and geographical processes. Examples include the opening and closure of oceans, the building of basins, sedimentation, orogeneses, metamorphism, plutonism and volcanism, relief building, changing of climate, economic development, movement of the population and urbanisation. The timescale of these processes extend from early Proterozoic time up to the present which means that we are trying to record the development of a certain region over an extensive period of earth history. Even though we know, that there ar not always possibilities to co-ordinate the different disciplines, it is very important in our mind to brake down barriers between the different disciplines and focus as many specialists as possible on certain problems in a large single region. In the third phase of our project we believe that the postgraduate program will scientifically educate the PhD students involved, and even motivate the other students of our institute to drop the old ways of doing research and adopt a modern interdisciplinary approach.