European Commission programme and project number

European Union-funded Research - 5th Framework Programme
Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
Duration: Jan 1, 2003 - Dec 31, 2005 (PROJECT COMPLETED)

Project coordinator and coordinators of work packages

Dr. Jiri Zahradnik (Associate Professor)
Dr. Josef Brechler (Associate Professor), Dr. Ondrej Cadek (Associate Professor), Dr. Tomas Halenka (Assistant Professor), Dr. Ludek Klimes (Senior Researcher), Dr. Zdenek Martinec (Professor), Dr. Ctirad Matyska (Associate Professor)


Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic
Fax: +420-221 912 555

Project description

The goal of the project is to increase international recognition of geophysics and meteorology at the Charles University in Prague, and to finalize its integration into the European Research Area. The MAGMA centre aims at contributing to the co-ordination of research and education in dynamic phenomena of the solid Earth and atmosphere by adopting unifying mathematical viewpoint and multidisciplinary approach. The main approach to achieve this objective is networking of researchers by means of organizing workshops, inviting distinguished lecturers, and hosting PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Work packages

WP1 Thermal convection (O. Cadek)
WP2 Viscoelastic response of the Earth (O. Cadek)
WP3 Temporal changes of the gravitational field (Z. Martinec)
WP4 Seismic waves: Theory (L. Klimes)
WP5 Seismic waves: Observations (J. Zahradnik)
WP6 Earthquakes (J. Zahradnik)
WP7 Climate system (T. Halenka)
WP8 Air quality (J. Brechler)
WP9 Research and technical management (C. Matyska)


Periodic Reports, Final Report and Attachments:
Periodic Report No 1 - 2003 (PDF, PostScript), attachments: Research Overview 2003, Publications in 2003
Periodic Report No 2 - 2004 (PDF, PostScript), attachments: Research Overview 2004, Publications in 2004
Periodic Report No 3 - 2005 and Final Report (PDF, PostScript), attachments: Research Overview 2005, Publications in 2005

Selected sections from proposal:
Work plan, Objectives of work packages, Organigramme of work packages, Thematic focus, Major recent achievements, Visual introduction (PDF)


Visitors of the MAGMA Centre

Lists of visitors (including links to presentations, abstracts, comments): 2003, 2004, 2005
Gantt charts (schemes of visits, workshops and seminars in time): 2003, 2004, 2005

Conferences and workshops (co)organized by MAGMA

Historical Earthquakes in Old Engravings, Mar 18-Apr 20, 2003 (comment)
4th International Conference on Urban Air Quality - Measurement, Modelling and Management, Mar 25-27, 2003 (comment)
8th European Workshop of Numerical Modeling of Mantle Convection and Lithospheric Dynamics, Sep 13-18, 2003 (comment)
Workshop on Regional Climate Modelling and Mini-Symposium on Climate Change in Europe, Nov 29-Dec 3, 2004 (comment)
Workshop on Seismic Waves in Laterally Inhomogeneous Media VI, Jun 20-25, 2005 (comment)
Workshop on Global Change in 20th Century and Seasonal and Interannual Climate Prediction, Jul 4-6, 2005 (comment)
Workshop on Transformation of Traffic Emissions From Source to Large Scale for Evaluation of Their Effects on Climate (QUANTIFY), Sep 26-28, 2005 (comment)
Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Central and Eastern Europe (CECILIA), Oct 10-11, 2005 (comment)

Lecture courses (co)organized by MAGMA

Annual seminar and training course of Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media (SW3D), Jun 9-12, 2003 (comment)
Thermodynamics and minerals physics (J. Matas), Mar 8-29, 2004 (abstract)
Annual meeting and training course of Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media (SW3D), Jun 14-16, 2004 (comment)
Lecture course The Week on Weak Formulations of Partial Differential Equations (C. Matyska), Nov 28-Dec 2, 2005 (comment, lecture notes)

Seminars (co)organized by MAGMA

Internal seminars - geodynamics, meteorology, seismology
Annual seminar and training course of Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media, Jun 9-12, 2003 (comment)
Internal seminars - geodynamics, meteorology, seismology
Annual meeting and training course of Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media, Jun 14-16, 2004 (comment)
Internal seminars - geodynamics, meteorology, seismology
Annual meeting of Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media, Jun 27-29, 2005 (comment)

Databases, studies, lecture notes and PhD/MSc/BSc theses related to MAGMA

Database: Broad-band and strong-motion stations in Western Corinth Gulf, Greece, mirror
Study: Sea-level equation benchmark
Lecture notes: Continuum Mechanics, Mathematical Introduction to Geothermics and Geodynamics, Selected Chapters on Partial Differential Equations
PhD, MSc and BSc theses: 2003, 2004, 2005; all theses in Department of Geophysics, Charles University Prague

European and other international projects related to MAGMA

CECILIA: Central and Eastern Europe Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment (accepted, in negotiation process)
C2C: Crust to core: the fate of subducted material (submitted)
DGLAB: Deep geodynamic laboratory (2000-2003)
ENSEMBLES: ENSEMBLE-based predictions of climate changes and their impacts (2004-2009)
GEOHAB: Geological Evolution and Habitability of Earth-like Planets (submitted)
IMAGES: Induced Microseismics Applications from Global Earthquake Studies (2005-2009)
PRESAP: Towards practical, real-time estimation of spatial aftershock probabilities: A feasibility study in earthquake hazard (2000-2003)
QUANTIFY: Quantifying the climate impact of global and European transport systems (2005-2010)
SAFE: Slow active faults in Europe (2001-2004)
SOLICE: Solar influence on climate and environment (2000-2003)
SPICE: Seismic wave propagation and imaging in complex media: A European network (2004-2007)
     SPICE page in Charles University Prague
3HAZ-CORINTH: Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Landslides in the Corinth Rift, Greece (2004-2006)

SW3D: Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media (since 1993)
A Study of Electrical Conductivity in the Earth's Crust and Mantle using Satellite-Borne Geomagnetic Data, Greek-Czech joint project, coordinated by University of Athens (2005-2007)
Shaking Scenarios and Damage Testification in Priority and/or Strategic Areas of Interest, project by Italian Civil Defense Department, coordinated by INGV Milan (2005-2007)

Partners of the MAGMA Centre

Links to Czech Republic:
Department of Geophysics, Charles University Prague
Department of Meteorology and Environment Protection, Charles University Prague

Links to Austria, Brasil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA:
Academy of Athens, Greece
Administratia Nationala de Meteorologie, Bucharest, Romania
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
BP Exploration & Production Inc., USA
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France
Chevron, USA
Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI), Copenhagen, Denmark
Deutsches Zentrum fűr Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Berlin, Germany
École normale supérieure (ENS) de Lyon, France
École normale supérieure (ENS), Paris, France
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary
European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation (CERFACS), Toulouse, France
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Fugro-Jason, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Geodéziai és geofizikai kutatóintézet, Budapest, Hungary
GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany
Geophysical Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Exeter, United Kingdom
Horizon Energy Partners, Gravenhage, The Netherlands
Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ), Budapest, Hungary
Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, Frankfurt am Mein, Germany
Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, Universität Wien, Austria
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy
Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima (ISAC CNR), Lecce, Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Roma, Italy
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Goteborg, Sweden
Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), De Bilt, The Netherlands
Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
Kyoto University, Japan
Lesnícky výskumný ústav, Zvolen, Slovakia
Météo France, Toulouse, France
Meteorology and Air Quality Section, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Sofia, Bulgaria
National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece
NORSAR, Kjeller, Norway
Petrobras, Brasil
Politechnika Warszawska, Poland
Politehnika Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Schlumberger Cambridge Research, United Kingdom
Shell, The Netherlands
Tartu Ülikool, Estonia
Universita` degli Studi di Messina, Italy
Universita` degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
Universita` degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
Universita` di Catania, Italy
Universität Bremen, Germany
Universität Leipzig, Germany
Universität Potsdam, Germany
Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie "Victor Babes", Timisoara, Romania
Université de Nantes, France
Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of Patras, Greece
Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

European Union links:
FP5: European Union-funded Research - 5th Framework Programme
FP6: European Union-funded Research - 6th Framework Programme
CORDIS: Community Research & Development Information Service

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