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Improving subduction interface implementation in dynamic numerical models

Dan Sandiford, Louis Moresi

Copernicus GmbH


Abstract. This study focuses on methodological issues related to dynamic subduction zone modelling. Numerical models often employ an entrained weak layer (WL approach) to facilitate decoupling between the subducting and overriding plates. In such a setup, the kinematics of the flow lead to width variations in the subduction interface. When a uniform-width interface is prescribed, a transient evolution of the interface thickness occurs, during which the volmetric flux along the interface profile establishes equilibrium. Width variations can exceed 4× during this stage, which may impact the effective strength of the interface, both through physical effects if the rheology is linear, and numeri..

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