DCL: Towards a New Approach for the Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U.S. Research Community


Dear Colleagues:

NSF recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (18-061; 10 April 2018), regarding the provision of marine seismic capabilities. The DCL can be found at this website:

https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf18061

As stated in the DCL, NSF is no longer accepting new proposals that require use of R/V Langseth. NSF will also begin developing the activities required for divesting from ownership of R/V Langseth, and it is anticipated that the end of field commitments using the vessel will be no later than mid-2020.

Marine seismic research that is conducted using the capabilities currently provided by R/V Langseth is a key component of the science portfolio supported by the Marine Geology and Geophysics (MG&G) Program within NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences. Given that R/V Langseth will not be available after mid-2020, MG&G’s immediate goal is to define a path forward for providing long-offset, large-tuned source seismic capabilities for the US research community after R/V Langseth is no longer available.

In the near term, NSF will work with the Marine Seismic Research Oversight Committee (MSROC) of UNOLS to engage the broad community in this effort. A community workshop, to be held in the Fall of 2018, will be the first step in evaluating future research needs and identifying creative options for providing the necessary marine seismic infrastructure. The report from this workshop will help define a plan moving forward for community access to the platforms and tools required in order for NSF to again receive proposals to conduct seismic imaging over the full crustal scale. The workshop will also identify other potential community activities that may be needed to further develop these capabilities.

Throughout the transition to the post-Langseth environment, NSF will accept proposals that include large tuned source, long-offset data acquisition, but access to these capabilities will need to be coordinated by Principal Investigators as part of their proposals, such as through industry providers or international/institutional partners. NSF will also continue to accept proposals to use other seismic acquisition capabilities (e.g., portable multichannel seismic equipment, ocean-bottom seismometers, CHIRP systems, P-cable, etc.). Such capabilities could be provided by Academic Research Fleet (UNOLS) operators, institutions, international or commercial partners, or other means as identified by Principal Investigators, MSROC, or NSF.

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program

Candace Major (cmajor@nsf.gov)
Deborah Smith (dksmith@nsf.gov)
Maurice Tivey (mtivey@nsf.gov)
Barbara Ransom (bransom@nsf.gov)
Larry Peterson (lapeters@nsf.gov)

Marine Geology and Geophysics Program Director (Rotator), Employment Opportunity, Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), NSF


DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 11 2018

Dear Colleagues:

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program has extended the application deadline for the rotator position (geophysicist) through May 11. Please see the information in the DCL (link below) for how to apply.

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Dear Colleagues:

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program (MGG) within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in the broad area of marine geophysics.

The MGG Program supports research in all aspects of the geology and geophysics of the ocean basins, seafloor, subseafloor, and continental margins, as well as that of the Great Lakes. The person selected for this position will work with the other Program Officers who oversee the MGG Program to manage the award portfolio across the entire range of disciplines supported by the Program.

A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) has been released and provides detailed information, including guidance regarding qualifications required and how to submit an application. Please see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/oce18001/oce18001.jsp

Questions concerning the DCL should be directed to

Candace O. Major (cmajor@nsf.gov) or

Deborah K. Smith (dksmith@nsf.gov)

Thank you for your interest in Ocean Sciences research at the NSF.

Regards,

Rick Murray

Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

REMINDER: GeoPRISMS Townhall & Community/Student Forum at AGU


Join us for the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting and Community / Student Forum at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting!

When: AGU Fall Meeting 2017 – Monday December 11 at 6:00 PM

Where: Westin Canal Place, Riverbend Terrace, 100 Rue Iberville New Orleans, LA 70130

The event is open to all with interests in the GeoPRISMS Program and GeoPRISMS (or MARGINS) research. Come hear updates about the GeoPRISMS Program, the latest GeoPRISMS research projects & study areas, and ongoing GeoPRISMS research from student presenters.

* A short formal session (starting at 6:30PM) will include a welcome and opening remarks from the GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer and updates from NSF Program Director Jenn Wade.

* Luc Lavier (UT Austin) will provide a summary of the Theoretical and Experimental Institute for the Rift Initiation and Evolution Initiative that was held in February 2017.

* Aubreya Adams (Colgate University) and Emily Roland (University of Washington) will present a summary of the Amphibious Array Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) Project and Mini-Workshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Colton Lynner (University of Arizona) will provide a summary of the ENAM Mini-Workshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Andrew Goodwillie (LDEO, Columbia University) will provide a summary of the GeoPRISMS Data Resources Mini-Worshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Terry Plank (LDEO, Columbia University) will provide a status report and update on the SZ4D initiative.

Student entrants for the GeoPRISMS Prize for Outstanding Student Presentations are also invited to display their AGU posters (or poster versions of their AGU talks) and discuss their research with event participants. This will be a great opportunity for students to share their results further and to interact with a wide spectrum of GeoPRISMS scientists.

There will be ample time to mingle and refreshments will be available. Among those present will be Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Chair), members of the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee, and Program Directors for GeoPRISMS from the National Science Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

The GeoPRISMS Office

Tomorrow: GeoPRISMS Townhall and Community/Student Forum at AGU


Join us for the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting and Community / Student Forum at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting!

When: TOMORROW Monday December 12 at 6:00 PM

Where: The Park Central Hotel (formerly Westin Market Street) 50 Third Street – Franciscan Ballroom

The event is open to all with interests in the GeoPRISMS Program and GeoPRISMS (or MARGINS) research. Come hear updates about the GeoPRISMS Program, the latest GeoPRISMS research projects & study areas, and ongoing GeoPRISMS research from student presenters.

* A short formal session (starting at 6:30PM) will include a welcome and opening remarks from the GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer and updates from NSF Program Directors Jenn Wade and Maurice Tivey.

* Shuoshuo Han (UT Austin) will provide a summary of her ongoing research on Sediment consolidation at the Cascadia margin deformation front and its impact on shallow megathrust slip behavior.

* James Gaherty (LDEO, Columbia University) will present a report on field research conduted on rifting processes from unique onshore/offshore geophysical and geochemical datasets in the Northern Malawi (Nyasa) Rift

* Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico) will provide a summary of the Theoretical and Experimental Institute for the Rift Initiation and Evolution Initiative that will be held in February 2017.

Student entrants for the GeoPRISMS Prize for Outstanding Student Presentations are also invited to display their AGU posters (or poster versions of their AGU talks) and discuss their research with event participants. This will be a great opportunity for students to share their results further and to interact with a wide spectrum of GeoPRISMS scientists.

There will be ample time to mingle and refreshments will be available. Among those present will be Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Chair), members of the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee, and Program Directors for GeoPRISMS from the National Science Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

The GeoPRISMS Office

Workshops of interest Spring 2017


Please see below for several workshops of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community taking place this spring.

A list of workshops and meetings organized by partner organizations with GeoPRISMS is available on the GeoPRISMS website. Please contact the GeoPRISMS Office at info@geoprisms.org if you wish to advertise your workshop on the GeoPRISMS Listserv.

Offshore Geophysical Monitoring of Cascadia for Early Warning and Hazards Research
University of Washington, Seattle | April 3-5, 2017
Deadline for application: January 16, 2017
Workshop on Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS) 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY | March 29-31, 2017
Deadline for travel support application: January 6, 2017

See below for more details.

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 Offshore Geophysical Monitoring of Cascadia for Early Warning and Hazards Research

University of Washington, Seattle | April 3-5, 2017

Deadline for application: January 16, 2017

Please join us for a workshop to explore the design, cost, and benefits of a real-time offshore geophysical network extending along the trench of the Cascadia subduction zone. The University of Washington is hosting a meeting for interested scientists and engineers to discuss the scientific and societal motivation for such a system, the geophysical requirements, and the merits of alternative engineering approaches including submarine cables and emerging technologies. Such a system would provide continuous monitoring of the megathrust, enhanced earthquake and tsunami early warning capability, and sustained observations for scientific study. The workshop will also explore strategies for engaging stakeholders and enabling implementation.

Additional information and meeting logistics can be found online (http://cascadia.washington.edu/story/Workshop.html). Applications are due Monday, January 16th, 2017. Inquires can be sent to ewoc@uw.edu.

Workshop Organizers: David Schmidt and William Wilcock, University of Washington

Workshop Funding:  Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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 Workshop on Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS) 

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY | March 29-31, 2017

Deadline for travel support application: January 6, 2017

Earthquakes, both natural and induced, remain unpredictable because we lack understanding of the conditions necessary to cause them. In part, this is because direct observation of the basic processes that link parameters such as stress, pore pressure, and slip on a fault has proven impossible, particularly over the pre- to coseismic timescales. These parameters could be measured in situ by borehole and surface-based instruments during an earthquake if they were deployed near to the rupture source. Because it is difficult to predict when and where an earthquake will occur, in order to instrument a fault in advance of an earthquake, one possibility is to induce fault slip (an earthquake) and associated seismicity through fluid injection at an instrumented site suitable for scientific study. A project of this nature would aim to: 1. build an observatory for near-source observations of earthquake processes; 2. establish the physical and chemical effects of fluid injection into the subsurface on fault strength and earthquake source characteristics; 3. investigate the impact of deformation caused by earthquakes on the subsurface physical environment. We invite participants to attend a workshop, funded jointly by International Continental Scientific Drilling Program, ICDP and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), to discuss the scientific merit and practical applications of a field-based investigation into the causes of induced seismicity. The workshop will focus on the types of earthquake science questions that could be addressed with fault zone boreholes in and around active faults, and will evaluate different strategies for making direct observations of earthquake rupture in the subsurface. We hope to bring together academic researchers, as well as industry and government employees, to leverage the data and observations from the recent surge in induced earthquakes in the continental USA and build a consensus on how to fill the critical knowledge gaps our understanding of how to mitigate the hazard of unwanted anthropogenic earthquakes. The workshop will be held at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory from March 29-31, 2017. Limited partial and full travel funding is available thanks to the support of ICDP and SCEC. To apply to the workshop, please send a 2 page CV and a single page statement of interest to seisms@ldeo.columbia.edu. The statement should include your interest in the project and a summary of your expertise. The deadline for travel support application is January 6, 2017. Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to apply to help shape what will be a long-term project.

The workshop description and application instructions are available below and at:

http://www.icdp-online.org/fileadmin/icdp/projects/img/seisms/SEISMS_web2.pdf

Conveners:
Heather Savage, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA
James Kirkpatrick, McGill University, Canada
James Mori, Kyoto Univeristy, Japan
Emily Brodsky, UC Santa Cruz, USA
William Ellsworth, Stanford University, USA
Tom Daley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Frédéric Cappa, University of Nice, France
Brett Carpenter, University of Oklahoma, USA
Xiaowei Chen, University of Oklahoma, USA
Yasuyuki Kano, Kyoto University, Japan

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative


You still have time to apply to the 2017 Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative. DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 21!

The Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) for the Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) initiative is now open for applications. The TEI will be held over three full days from February 8-10, 2017 and is intended to summarize progress and recent scientific advances related to the RIE initiative, and to identify high-priority science for future GeoPRISMS RIE efforts. (Please see the Science and Implementation plan available at http://geoprisms.org/research/science-plan/). Applicants do not need to have worked on projects funded by GeoPRISMS. We expect a broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international research communities, including graduate students and early career scientists, who are interested in the initiation and evolution of rifts.

Funding

The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. There is no registration fee. We will be able to cover most on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on double occupancy, and breakfast & lunch) for approximately 80 participants. Most participants will have to cover their travel to and from the meeting; partial funding for travel is available for students and postdocs. We will not be able to provide dinners on-site, but there are several restaurants nearby. Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Tuesday evening and leave on Saturday morning.

Organizing Committee

Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico), Donna Shillington (LDEO/Columbia University), Estella Atekwana (Oklahoma State University), Rebecca Bendick (University of Montana), Juliet Biggs (University of Bristol), Esteban Gazel (Virginia Tech), Liz Hajek (Pennsylvania State University), Luc Lavier (University of Texas, Austin). Ex officio: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Office/Pennsylvania State University).

Important Dates

October 4: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage at : http://geoprisms.org/tei-rie-2017/
**November 21: Application deadline
December 9: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
December 22: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late January: Final meeting agenda is released

Location

The Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (http://www.hotelabq.com). The hotel is located 8 miles from Albuquerque airport. Cab service is available.

Student and Postdoc symposium

On Tuesday before the TEI we will hold a student and postdoc symposium which will feature short presentations by attendees and discussion with the conveners and NSF program managers. The symposium runs from 1:00 – 5:00 and will be followed at 5:00 – 7:00 by student posters and cash bar. We encourage all students and postdocs to attend and to arrange their travel accordingly, after confirmation of attendance.

Draft agenda

A draft of the agenda is now available online at: http://geoprisms.org/tei-rie-2017/

Planned Sessions

Rift evolution from initiation to post rift architecture
Magmatism and Volatile Exchanges
Faulting and Strain
Climate and surface processes
Geohazards at rifts and rifted margins
Geodynamics of rifting

Saturday: Field trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

We will organize an optional field trip to the nearby (~1 hour drive from Albuquerque) Kasha-Katuwe National Monument in the Jemez Volcanic field to look at pyroclastic volcanic deposits and get an overview of the Rio Grande Rift. This trip will involve some light hiking. There will be no additional cost for participating in the trip. In the event of too much snow cover in the Jemez Mountains, we will organize a trip to the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field (~ 1.5 hours from Albuquerque). We will return to Albuquerque by 5 pm.

Seismology Student Workshop 2016 at LDEO


Dear graduate students,

You are invited to participate in the upcoming fourth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 17th-18th at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion.

[This workshop is only open to graduate students, so we encourage advisors to notify their students about this opportunity!]

  • Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:
  • Seismic imaging of tectonic processes
  • Tomographic/inverse techniques
  • Earthquake source processes
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Seismicity and tremor

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. There is a $20 registration fee that will be collected from all participants at the beginning of the workshop. Meals and refreshments will be provided for all attendees, as well as hotel lodging for the nights of Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th. Registration is limited to 55 participants, with preference given to those who submit abstracts.

The Facebook page for the workshop can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/seismostudentworkshop

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the online application form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1boGyXP1aNu40hJWjIcHeHgi2fgDv7N6dNmToBjvBJ3s/viewform?usp=send_form

A title, abstract, and an optional figure must be submitted to be considered for an oral or poster session.

The application deadline is February 12, 2016. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of February. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Celia, Helen, Kira, Zach, and Genevieve

Please direct any enquiries to seismo.workshop@gmail.com

[GeoPRISMS] Future Directions in Tectonics workshop


Applications are now being accepted for participation in an NSF-sponsored workshop on Future Directions in Tectonics, to be held in Madison, WI on May 20-22, 2016 (see attached announcement).This workshop had been postponed from July 2015 to allow greater community participation and will result in creation of a white paper, designed to help guide research and funding in tectonics over the next decade.

Applications for participating in the workshop and travel support should be submitted by February 19th athttp://goo.gl/forms/ozAhTec0My. Notification of application status will be made by March 18th.

Feedback for the organizing committee on the content and format of the workshop may be submitted at:http://goo.gl/forms/OpLAuWPuw9.

Community-written, pre-meeting “idea papers” may also be submitted by April 8th. Short papers (1 page for single author, 2 pages for group) that outline the perceived top research priorities, grand challenges, and opportunities for the coming decades in tectonics should be sent directly to directions.sgt@gmail.com.

The final workshop agenda will be announced by May 6th.

We look forward to working with you to craft a vision for the future direction of tectonic research.

Organizers: Rick Allmendinger, Marin Clark, Eric Cowgill, Becky Dorsey, Kevin Mahan, James Spotila

GeoPRISMS mid-term review: Figures 4.5 and 4.6

Fig 4.5 and 4.6

Top. Attendance per meeting and cumulative attendance for MARGINS and GeoPRISMS meetings. 2000: SEIZE=SEIZE TEI (Snowbird, UT; January), Subfac=Subfac TEI (Eugene OR, January), RCL=Gulf of California workshop (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, October). 2001: CR=Central America SEIZE/Subfac workshop (Heredia, Costa Rica, July), RCL=Red Sea workshop (Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt, March). 2002: IBM=Izu-Bonin-Marianas workshop (Honolulu, HI, September), UM=Subfac modeling workshop (Ann Arbor, MI, October). 2003: Wai=Waipaoa focus area workshop (Gisborne, New Zealand, May), SEIZE=Seismogenic zone revisited TEI (Snowbird, UT, March). 2004: InterMARGINS workshop on modeling the extensional deformation of the lithosphere (Pontresina, Swiss Alps, July). 2006: GoC=Lithospheric rupture in Golf of California workshop (Ensenada, Mexico, January), Imag=workshop in interpreting upper mantle images (Woods Hole, MA, May), S2S=Source and sediment dispersal workshop (Eel River system, California, September). 2007: CR=Subfac/SEIZE integration workshop (Heredia, Costa Rica, June), CAS=integrated collaborations in Cascadia and Walker Lane/Salton Trough (Monterey, CA, March), CL=education mini-workshop (Arlington, VA, April), KIEL=Global data network meeting (Kiel, Germany, May), HAW=Subfac at Izu-Bonin-Marianas (Honolulu, HI, November). 2008: next decade of SEIZE workshop (Mt Hood, OR, September). 2009: S2S Synthesis meeting (Gisbourne, New Zealand, April), RCL=RCL Synthesis workshop (Charleston, SC, April), ML=Mini-lessons workshop (Palisades, NY, May), Volat=Subfac TEI on volatiles (Mt Hood, OR, September). 2010: MSPW=MARGINS Successor Planning Workshop (San Antonio, TX, February), RIE=RIE Implementation workshop (Santa Fe, NM, November). 2011: SCD=SCD Implementation workshop (Bastrop, TX, January), AK=Alaska/Aleutians site planning workshop (Portland, OR, September), ENAM=EarthScope/GeoPRISMS workshop for ENAM site (Bethlehem, PA, October). 2012: CAS=GeoPRISMS/EarthScope site planning workshop for Cascadia (Portland, OR, April), EARS=planning workshop for East African Rift System (Morristown, NJ, October). 2013: NZ=Planning workshop for New Zealand primary site (Wellington, New Zealand, April).

Bottom. Attendance at GeoPRISMS Mini-workshops at the Fall AGU. 2011: ENAM=East North American Margin; CRISP=Costa Rica Seismogenic Project; ExTerra=Exhumed Terranes; GeoInf=GeoInformatics. 2012: Cascadia=Marine Geophysics at Cascadia; IODP=IODP opportunities in SCD; Early Career=GeoPRISMS/EarthScope luncheon. 2013: KATH=Kermadec Arc Havre Trough; Aleutians=logistics preparation workshops; CSDMS=opportunities with the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System; EARS=planning and logistics.

REMINDER: 2015 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute on Subduction Cycles and Deformation


The Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) for the Subduction Cycles and Deformation (SCD) initiative is now open for applications. The TEI is held on the three full days of October 12-14 and is intended to provide a summary of progress made in the science objectives of the SCD initiative (as discussed in the Science and Implementation plan available through geoprisms.org). Applicants do not have to have worked on projects funded by GeoPRISMS. We expect a broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international researchers, including graduate students and early career scientists, who are interested in the structure and dynamics of subduction zones.

Funding
The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at the University of Michigan. There is no registration fee. Due to space restrictions the meeting will be strictly limited to 150 participants. We will be able to cover on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on double occupancy, and breakfast+lunch) for up to 120 participants. Most participants will have to cover travel to and from the meeting. Partial funding for travel is available for students and postdocs. We will not be able to provide dinner on-site but there are plenty of restaurants nearby.
Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave on Thursday morning.
Organizing Committee
Jeff Freymueller (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Sarah Penniston-Dorland (University of Maryland), Donna Shillington (Columbia/LDEO), Kelin Wang (Pacific Geoscience Centre), Erin Wirth (University of Washington), Gene Yogodzinski (University of South Carolina). Ex officio: Peter van Keken (GeoPRISMS Office/University of Michigan).
Important Dates
Monday July 27: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage at http://geoprisms.org/tei-scd-2015/
Friday August 21: Application deadline
Friday August 28: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
Friday September 11: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late September: Final meeting agenda is released
Location
The Portofino hotel at Redondo Beach, CA. The hotel is located just 8 miles (13 km) south of the main Los Angeles airport (LAX). Shuttle service is available for transport from and to the airport in addition to cab services).
Student and postdoc symposium
On Sunday before the meeting we will hold a student and postdoc symposium which will feature short presentations by the attendees and discussion with the conveners and NSF program managers. The meeting starts at 3 pm. We encourage all students and postdocs to attend and to arrange their travel accordingly, after confirmation of attendance.
Draft agenda
The agenda will develop as the list of participants is completed. We will have five sessions focused on different components of the subduction system (each featuring a keynote speaker and invited and contributed presentations) and a summary session. There will be ample time for discussion. We will have dedicated poster sessions in the afternoons.

Sessions with confirmed keynote and invited speakers:

The Incoming Plate
          Keynote: Doug Wiens (Washington University)
          Invited: Magali Billen (UC Davis)
The shallow fore-arc
          Keynote:  Kerry Key (UCSD)
          Invited: Nathan Bangs (UTIG)
The Megathrust
          Keynote: Laura Wallace (UTIG)
          Invited: Rocco Malservisi (USF)
Slab Processes
          Keynote: Brad Hacker (UC Santa Barbara)
          Invited: Pierre Bouilhol (Durham)
Mantle wedge and arc crust
          Keynote: Peter Kelemen (Columbia)
          Invited: Ellen Syracuse (LANL)
Possible field trip to Santa Catalina Island
We may be able to organize an optional field trip (led by Sarah Penniston-Dorland) to Santa Catalina Island on Thursday October 15. This will give participants the opportunity to see amphibolite- and blueschist-facies rocks that have been exhumed from a paleosubduction zone. There is no NSF funding for this trip and participants will need to cover all expenses. We estimate that the cost (including transport from hotel to ferry terminal, ferry ride, transport on Catalina, breakfast and lunch; accommodation at the Portofino for one more night) is around $400-$500 per person. The departure time from the hotel (to catch the first ferry to the island) will be at 5:15am. Cost for participants who do not require an additional night of accommodation will be adjusted. Capacity for the field trip is limited and we will confirm participants on a first-come, first-served basis after receipt of payment.
If you are interested in participating in the field trip please send an email to Peter van Keken (keken@umich.edu) as soon as possible but certainly before the application deadline. We will follow up with details on logistics. Payment to confirm participation will be due by the end of August.