Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
26 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 26 Mar 2024

An efficient approach for inverting rock exhumation from thermochronologic age–elevation relationship

Yuntao Tian, Lili Pan, Guihong Zhang, and Xinbo Yao

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Rock exhumation from the Earth's interior to the surface is important information for better understanding many geological problems, ranging from mountain building and its decay to resource and hydrocarbon evaluation and exploration. We propose a new stepwise inverse modeling strategy for optimizing the model parameters to mitigate the model dependencies on the initial parameters that are required to simulate the rock exhumation processes.