Mathematical Geology

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 659–665 | Cite as

Theory and Practice in Mathematical Geology—Introduction and Discussion

  • Hannes Thiergärtner


Mathematical geology has developed into a very diverse system of mathematical models, algorithms and corresponding software. Experience shows that this diversification of approaches and methods was and is accompanied by an increasing gap between the availability of powerful tools and the continuation of many traditional working methods in the geosciences. Besides continuing to develop models, one of the basic functions of mathematical geology should be to introduce all new tools into practice and to aid non-specialized geoscientists to use them successfully and without bias. Some ways to do so will be briefly discussed here. Instructive and intelligible contributions towards attaining this goal were presented at the last (32nd) International Geological Congress held in Florence, Italy, in 2004. The intention of this present compilation is to suggest relevant discussions and conclusions. Mathematical geology should not be the domain of a few experts. It should be made accessible to all geologists and scientists in related fields.


modeling geosciences mathematics practical application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesFree University BerlinBerlinGermany

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