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The Teton range, Wyoming, USA

What we study

The Helsinki University Geodynamics Group (HUGG) is lead by Assistant Professor David Whipp. We study the basic geodynamic processes involved in deformation of the lithosphere. Our research focuses on quantifying the kinematics and dynamics of tectonic, geomorphic and geodynamic processes using numerical numerical models in combination with field, laboratory and geophysical observations. Specific areas of interest include

  • 3D dynamics of active convergent orogens including the Himalaya and Andes
  • Crustal thermal processes in active orogens
  • The interactions between climate, surface processes and tectonics
  • Viscous flow of the crust is modern and ancient orogens

Research tools

We have a strong emphasis on the development and use of cutting-edge predictive and interpretative numerical tools that are linked with observations from the field and geochronological, geophysical and remotely sensing data. In particular we use

  • 3D thermomechanical geodynamic numerical models (DOUAR)
  • Forward and inverse modeling of thermochronometer data using 3D thermokinematic numerical models (Pecube)
  • Landform evolution modeling
  • Bedrock and detrital thermochronology
  • GIS and digital topographic analysis

Collaborators (past and present)

HUGG has ongoing and recent collaborations with numerous international researchers and groups. In addition, HUGG is part of the Evolving Continents research community at the University of Helsinki.

Ongoing / planned collaboration

Past collaboration


We're always looking for bright new group members. If you're interested in joining HUGG, check out the available opportunities and contact Prof. Whipp with any questions!


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01.12.13 - 3 year funded Ph.D. project available

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