Welcome to the IRTG
"Deep Earth Volatile Cycles"

The International Research and Training Group (IRTG) “Deep Earth Volatile Cycles” is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), DFG GRK 2156/1. This graduate school for doctoral studies started in April 2016 for a period of 4.5 years. It is a cooperation between the Bayerisches Geoinstitut (BGI) and the Department of Earth Sciences at Tohoku University, Sendai/Japan.

The objective of this collaborative research effort is to study the cycling of volatile elements through the deep interior of the Earth. Using mainly experimental and computational methods the group’s goal is to quantify how volatile elements such as carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen are transported, stored and expelled from the interior as a result of plate tectonic processes.

JSPS Externship


Annual Report 2019
Annual Report BGI

released, 2020-03-23


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