GeoPrisms: Continental Margins

The National Science Foundation is inviting grant applications for research on the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution) linked by five overarching scientific topics, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the next decade. These topics include: 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and  geodynamics.