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Prof. Dr. Susanne Buiter
Prof. Dr. Thomas Wagner
Faculty / Institution:
Georesources and Materials Engineering
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.01.2021 to 31.12.2024
EU contribution:
3.192.382,80 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956127.  


Fluids driving the evolution of the continental crust: influence of pathway networks, fluxes, and time scales


Earth's crust is the outermost layer of our planet. Consisting of rocks and minerals, it can be divided into the thinner oceanic crust and the much older and thicker continental crust, of which the continents and continental shelves are made. Fluids play a critical role in the evolution of the crust, modulating processes including the capture and release of greenhouse gases and the redistribution of elements that form our valuable mineral resources and hydrocarbon deposits. Better understanding of the factors governing continental fluid fluxes on multiple time and distance scales will support effective and responsible access to dwindling raw materials that promote innovation. The EU-funded FluidNET project has set out to do just that, developing new models from the nano- to the continental scale while training a new generation of researchers to take the lead.


  • Stichting VU, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Stichting Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands
  • Amphos 21 Consulting SL, Spain
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands