Global Plate Model

Getech’s Global Plate Model represents the tectonic evolution of Earth from 300 Ma to present. The model comprises two databases: a database of tectonic plates with unique geological history and a database of Euler rotation parameters which describe the motion of plates through time.

Plate boundaries are defined using potential field data and structural interpretations; such boundaries coincide with large faults with a clear geophysical signal and separate regions with differing geological histories.

Our tectonic plate database is intrinsically linked with our crustal architecture database, for which geological and geophysical interpretations have been used to constrain the nature of the crust and the tectonic evolution of each tectonic plate.

Paleocene reconstruction (65 Ma)

Paleocene reconstruction (65 Ma)

Key Benefits

At Getech, our integrated workflows enable our dedicated team of three plate modellers to undertake ongoing reappraisal and re-evaluation of our plate model, through feedback from several disciplines within Globe, including 2D geophysical modelling and interpretation, and palaeogeographic and structural mapping.

Plate modelling results from non-proprietary regional studies are also integrated into our global solution; this process has ensured that Getech’s Global Plate Model is a unique, self-consistent solution that works within both a regional and global framework.


Getech’s Global Plate Model is provided in both PaleoGIS and GPlates formats, and both our tectonic plate and rotation parameter databases are fully attributed to allow you understand and interrogate our interpretations.

Our plate modelling team are also able to provide expertise and advice on how to best integrate your own data and tectonic solutions into our global framework.