Fragile Earth

Technical Program Schedule

Poster Presenters

Technical Sessions

Preliminary Conference Programme

We hope you plan on attending these sessions during the meeting. However, all abstract submissions for the Plenary Sessions are by invitation only. Descriptions are below; follow link at right for final schedule.

Special Session

Recent Megathrust Earthquakes and Tsunamis: observations and processes
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With this special interdisciplinary session, we offer a platform to reconstruct and understand rupture, shaking, and earth-surface deformation processes of recent megathrust earthquakes, such as the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, and their related tsunamis.

Recurrence interval of megathrust earthquakes, complexity of the fault rupture process, and aftershock activity are all issues of which we do not yet have a clear understanding. In this session we invite speakers to address them on a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, with emphasis on the most recent megathrust events, and their tsunamis. We encourage contributions on diverse aspects of the problem including, but not limited to, seismology, paleoseismology, geology, tectonics and space-geodesy. Comparisons with field observations from the geologic record, and studies that examine the relationship between the megathrust earthquakes and their tsunamis are also solicited.

Due to the actuality of this topic, we may consider to accept abstracts beyond the regular deadline of April 30th. Please notify the conveners directly if you intend to submit an abstract to this session and need an extended submission deadline.

Conveners: Fumiko Tajima, ; Heiner Igel, ; Alex Allmann,

Invited Speakers:

Kuvvet Atakan (University of Bergen, Norway)
Geoff Blewitt (NBMG, Reno, USA)
Heidrun Kopp (IFM-GEOMAR. Kiel, Germany)
Timothy Melbourne (Central Washington Univ., USA)
Daniel Melnick (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Meghan Miller (UNAVCO, Boulder, USA)
Jim Mori (Kyoto University, Japan)
Emile Okal (Northwestern University, USA)
Koji Okumura (Hiroshima University, Japan)

Plenary Sessions (by invitation only)

P1. Global-Scale Processes: Global plate motions & structure and dynamics of the earth's mantle
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In recent years a profound and far-reaching Whole-Earth-View has emerged which links surficial geologic events to structure and evolution of the deep Earth. Understanding the fundamental processes that bridge plate tectonics, 4-D evolution of topography, epi-orogeny, sea-level variations, seismic tomographic mantle structure and geodynamic evolution of the Earth are research areas undergoing major advances at an astonishingly interdisciplinary and productive level. We dedicate this plenary session to Geoffrey Davies from the Australian National University (ANU), who made pioneering contributions to our understanding of the Earth.

Convener: Hans-Peter Bunge,

Invited Speakers:

Mike Gurnis (Modelling Global Mantle Processes)
Dietmar Müller (The evolution of the solid earth over the past 200 million years: constraints from mantle structure, plate tectonic history, and surface geology)
Brian Kennett (Mapping the Mantle with Seismic Tomography)
P2. Regional-Scale Processes: Plate boundary evolution and deformation in convergent settings: The Alpine-Himalayan collision zone
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The Alpine-Himalayan chain is a classical area for studying mountain building, from collision to plateau uplift and lateral escape. Its arcuate subduction zones and orogens delimit highly mobile microplates whose motions since the Early Mesozoic breakup of Gondwana have been intermittently independent of the overall relative motion of the Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, and Europe, as well as a host of microplates. Ophiolite belts within these orogens mark the remnants of Tethyan ocean basins which can be imaged today as slabs in the mantle. Yet, the kinematics and dynamics that drive this anomalous plate motion remain enigmatic. Understanding how these mountain belts are tied to microplate motion and mantle anomolies is key to assessing the role of deep-seated processes and their interaction with surface processes.

Mark Handy, ; Clark Burchfiel,

Invited Speakers:
Stefan Schmid (Alpino-type mountain belts)
Wim Spakman (The deep mantle beneath collisional and subduction zones)
Thorsten Becker (Modelling deep-seated processes in the mantle)
P3. Local-Scale Processes: Local events with global impact
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Volcanic eruptions demonstrate dramatically than t he impact of local processes can range from local to global. Understanding the fundamental processes leading directly to volcanic eruption, together with a survey of the state of the magmatic system immediately prior to and during eruption, are research areas undergoing major advances that are astonishingly interdisciplinary. We welcome observational, experimental and numerical contributions on the status of volcanic research on our fragile earth.

Convener: Donald B. Dingwell,

Invited Speakers:
Kathy Cashman (University of Bristol, England)
Juergen Neuberg (University of Leeds, England)
Paolo Papale (Ist. Naz. Geofis. Vulcanol., Italy)
P4. Geological Resources & Hazards, and Geology & Health
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Convener: Anke Friedrich,

Invited Speakers:
Anselm Smolka (MunichRe, Germany)
Jochen Zschau (GFZ Potsdam, Germany)
Seth Stein (Northwestern University, USA)
Catherine Skinner (Yale University, USA)
Jörg Matschullat (University of Freiberg, Germany)

Open Sessions

In addition to the theme sessions, there will be quite a few discipline (open) sessions being held at this meeting, which are equally important to our overall technical program.

Theme Sessions

T1: Global Geological Processes.
B. Surface to mantle connections: geologic and geomorphic records of deep mantle flow.
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Although it is widely appreciated that plate tectonics is the consequence of global-scale flow within the Earth's mantle, recent advances in seismic imaging, in plate reconstructions through time, and in modeling of density-driven flow have led to an emerging view that small-scale convection and flow can exert a first-order control on the development of topography on the Earth's surface. The rates and wavelengths of uplift and subsidence associated with this dynamic topography can, in principle, place important constraints on the properties of the mantle. However, geologic data with which to test the predictions of mantle flow models are, at present, extremely limited. This session seeks to bring together researchers working at both ends of this problem, from the modeling of mantle flow to the interpretation of geologic and geomorphologic histories. We welcome contributions from theoretical, experimental, and observational studies that bear on the question of the development of topography in response to mantle flow.

Eric Kirby, ; Hans-Peter Bunge,

Invited Speaker:

David Rowley (Chicago)
D. The Mantle in 4-D: Links between Global Plate Reconstructions and Mantle Tomography
     Description  [ open/close ]
Our knowledge of the solid-earth system in the four dimensions of space-time is incomplete. Seismic mantle tomography provides a snapshot of the current state of the convecting mantle in the three dimensions of space. The geological record allows to reconstruct past tectonic plate configuration, deformation at active plate boundaries, as well as vertical motion through time. Thus it provides information in the two surface dimensions and in time, but very limited depth extent. This session wants to explore links between surface reconstructions and deep mantle imaging, aiming at an integrated picture of the convecting mantle system. Topics include the links between slabs imaged by tomographic models and paleo subduction zones; the spatial and temporal connections between hotspot tracks, plume conduits and slow velocity provinces in the lowermost mantle; state of the mantle beneath zones of intraplate deformation.

Conveners: Karin Sigloch, ; Dietmar Müller,
T2: Regional Geological Processes
A. Subduction and Collision Processes Through Time in the Mediterranean Area —
     From the Deep Mantle to the Surface.
     Description  [ open/close ]
The Mediterranean area is a classical natural laboratory for studying tectonic processes, from mantle exhumation and sea-floor spreading to subduction and collision. Its arcuate subduction zones and orogens delimit highly mobile microplates whose motions since the Early Mesozoic breakup of Gondwana have been intermittently independent of the overall relative motion of the Africa and Europe. Ophiolite belts within these orogens mark the remnants of Tethyan ocean basins which can be imaged today as slabs in the mantle. Yet, the kinematics and dynamics that drive this anomalous microplate motion remain enigmatic. Understanding how the Mediterranean mountain belts are tied to microplate motion and mantle anomolies is key to assessing the role of deep-seated processes and their interaction with surface processes.

We invite contributions on a wide variety of topics related to the evolution of Alpine-type mountain belts and subduction zones in the Mediterranean area. These will be treated in a single session lasting 2-3 days in order to encourage interaction between specialists with different approaches and viewpoints. Invited speakers are foreseen for subtopics relevant to this theme. Field trips in the nearby Alps will be offered both before and after the meeting.

Mark Handy, ; B. Clark Burchfiel,

Invited Speakers:
Robert Reilinger (Active Tectonics in the Mediterranean)
Claudio Faccenna (Subduction processes based on tomography in the Mediterranean)
Eduard Kissling (Collisional processes viewed from the bottom)
Leigh Royden (Subduction zone processes based on modelling in the Mediterranean)
B. Multi-scale sedimentary basin dynamics.
    Description  [ open/close ]
Sedimentary basins are important repositories which allow geoscientists to reconstruct past climates, vertical surface motions, fluid flow, as well as lithosphere and mantle dynamics over geologically long timescales. With increasing availability of large scale data sets, computational power, and improved data infrastructure, large resources for new approaches in integrated and dynamic basin modelling exist, allowing to cross traditional discipline boundaries and providing better opportunities to understand the complex spatio-temporal evolution of sedimentary basins. This session aims to bring together colleagues both from academia and industry who are involved in reconstructing basin evolution at mega-regional to local scale. We invite contributions from:
  • Advances in linking deep-Earth dynamics and sedimentary basin architecture
  • Integrating plate kinematic models and lithospheric deformation in basin formation and evolution models
  • Linking regional- to basin-scale tectonics, including basin inversion
  • Coupled lithosphere deformation - petroleum systems models
Christian Heine, ; Ralf Littke,
Invited Speakers:
Ritske Huismans (University of Bergen)
Leni Scheck Wenderoth (GFZ Potsdam)
Judith Sippel (GFZ Potsdam)
C. Significance of large strike-slip fault systems — active and ancient.
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Large strike-slip faults may accumulate large displacements, show high deformation rates and have been the loci of several of the largest (M 8) earthquakes in continental lithosphere on record. They may create both sedimentary basins and fold & thrust zones. Often, big cities are located near them, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or Istanbul, implying high seismic hazards. A number of widely debated questions include their seismic potential, their total displacement, and their geological significance in ancient plate boundary settings. Recent developments in active tectonics, tectonic geomorphology and satellite geodesy have produced a significantly improved data base of deformation-related parameters, but not all questions can be answered by studying active faults at the earth's surface. For example, it is difficult to quantify the surface strain budget attributed to individual fault strands, because strike-slip faults are often closely spaced, so that space-geodetic surveys can only capture the bulk deformation across a fault zone.

For this reason, and many others, we need to understand the behavior of large strike-slip faults through study of both, active and ancient fault systems. This session solicits contributions from a wide range of aspects such as neotectonics and tectonic geomorphology, geodesy, deformation mechanisms, syntectonic metamorphism, thermochronology, as well as regional tectonics and palaeogeography. In particular, we solicit contributions from well studied strike-slip fault systems around the world, such as the San Andreas, the North Anatolian, the Altyn Tagh, the Kun Lun fault systems as well as large strike-slip faults of the Variscides and the Caledonides. We welcome field studies, experimental work and numerical modeling as well as review papers.

Conveners: Wolfgang Franke, ; A. M. Celâl Şengör,
Invited Speaker: Boris Natalin (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
D. Evolution of the South Atlantic, adjacent continents, and passive continental margins in general
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The evolution of the South Atlantic is controlled by intraplate extensional stresses, pre-existing tectonic features, mantle processes, and crustal response. The Passive continental margins represent long-term and large-scale geo-archives of Earth processes related to mantle dynamics, the break-up of continents and the creation of sedimentary basins, changes in ocean circulation patterns and their effect on climate. Passive margins are also of paramount economic importance in terms of hydrocarbon resources. For this interdisciplinary session we seek contributions from natural case studies and from geodynamic or geomaterials modelling, which address the interplay of deep mantle processes and their consequences on surface expressions in passive margin systems. The emphasis should be on the South Atlantic system and adjacent continents but exemplary case studies from other margin settings are also welcome. Some of the most important among many scientific questions to be addressed are these:
  • How do mantle and surface processes interact during rifting and breakup, and during post breakup evolution of the continental margins, and how do these processes influence onshore-offshore feed-back processes?
  • What is origin of the extreme fluxes of magma in volcanic rifted margins like the South Atlantic? What is their role in continental rifting and lithospheric thinning? What impact do they have on the subsequent evolution of passive margins?
  • To what degree is the formation and 4-D evolution of sedimentary basins, both on- and offshore, a function of rock and topographic uplift, erosion, sedimentation and diagenesis processes, and how is this evolution connected with mantle flow and global climate?
  • How does rifting and continental separation modify ocean circulation patterns and what are the resulting global implications for biodiversity and climate change?
The South Atlantic, its conjugate rifted margins and adjacent continents are ideally suited to contribute answers to these questions. This session will try to tackle the complex interacting feedback cycles involving thermal and mechanical forces that acted over the ca. 200 million years since the beginning of breakup. We encourage scientist who deal with the long-term evolution of fracture zones at passive continental margins to present their data as well.

Conveners: Ulrich Anton Glasmacher, ; Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth,
E. Geomorphology and Surface Processes of Tectonically Active Regions.
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Earth's topography is the manifestation of the interplay between tectonics and climatically modulated surface processes. As such landscapes provide a record of deformation across a variety of spatial and temporal scales, from the interaction of individual fault segments during earthquakes to the growth of topography on geologic time scales. This session welcomes contributions that pertain to all aspects of how landscapes encode tectonic information, and we particularly encourage submission of integrative studies that combine geomorphology, sedimentology, structural geology, and/or numerical modeling to decipher landscape evolution in tectonically active regions.

Manfred Strecker, ; Eric Kirby, ; Dirk Sachse, ; Andreas Mulch
T3: Local Geological Processes
A. Local events with global impact.
     Description  [ open/close ]
Volcanic eruptions demonstrate dramatically that the impact of local processes can range from local to global. Understanding the fundamental processes leading directly to volcanic eruption, together with a survey of the state of the magmatic system immediately prior to and during eruption, are research areas undergoing major advances that are astonishingly interdisciplinary. We welcome observational, experimental and numerical contributions on the status of volcanic research on our fragile earth.

Convener: Donald B. Dingwell,
B. The challenge of understanding continental intraplate earthquakes.
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Assessments of active tectonic processes and seismic hazard in intraplate regions are challenging due to the slow deformation rates and low seismicity. Average fault-slip rates, which are below or just at the resolution of surface strain measured by GPS networks, the sparse record of significant earthquakes, and the epistemic uncertainties of historical and paleoseismic earthquake observations make it difficult to identify active faults, build tectonic models and assess seismic hazards. It increasingly appears that fault activity varies in space and time in ways not yet understood. Such problems are particularly striking for regions such as Central Europe. This session seeks contributions discussing aspects of these topics. We particularly like to encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to: geodesy, seismology, historical seismology, paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, neotectonics, geophysics, geomechanics and structural geology.

Kurt Decker, Seth Stein,
C. Dynamic Impact cratering in nature, experiment, and model.
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The understanding the dynamics of impact cratering as a physical and geological process is of utmost importance to assess the damage and threat of such events on different scales, ranging from damage on satellites to threat for civilization. Recent advances are based on crater experiments and modeling as well as on field studies, drilling campaigns into terrestrial craters, and sophisticated analysis of remote sensing data for Mars and the Moon. We encourage contributions in the specified fields:
  • Impact craters in the Solar System
  • Terrestrial impact craters: case studies and new discoveries
  • Drilling into impact craters - recent ICDP projects
  • Marine environments
  • Geophysical signatures
  • Properties of impact damaged rocks
  • Engineering studies
  • Cratering and shock recovery experiments
  • Numerical modeling
  • Crater scaling
  • Crater counting
Conveners: Thomas Kenkmann, ; Alex Deutsch, ; Kai Wünnemann,
D. Induced seismicity – From observation to geomechanical understanding.
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Induced seismicity in geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs is a well known phenomenon. This seismicity is in particular related to stimulation activity to enhance the productivity of the reservoir, but also to normal production on long time scales. Also the filling, as well as changes in the impoundment level of reservoirs have been shown to induce or trigger seismicity. However, our understanding of the physical processes and their dependence on the structural setting of the reservoir is still limited. In particular it is unclear how to control the magnitude of the induced earthquakes. Public awareness and concern of induced seismicity has become ubiquitous in locations where subsurface exploration and storage is carried out in close proximity to communities. Furthermore, plans for massive CO2 sequestration and storage of radioactive waste in depth have also to be assessed in terms of critical changes of the stress field.

The session is addressing both research fields; observation and analysis of the induced seismicity in time and space as well as geomechanical, numerical modeling of the processes that control the spatio-temporal evolution of the stress field. These research field includes topics such as temporal variations of physical parameters in reservoirs including stress and pressure changes, spatial-temporal patterns of seismicity, b-value changes, source mechanisms, relative importance of thermal and fluid induced stress changes and pore-pressure stress coupling. In particular we envision to foster the discussion on the following questions: What controls the large magnitudes events? Is it possible to control via production/stimulation parameters the maximum magnitude? Do pre-existing faults that are critically stressed prior to underground activity control he earthquake magnitudes? How can we relate our observations of induced seismicity and our geomechanical understanding and model results into a reservoir site specific seismic hazard assessment?

Conveners: Oliver Heidbach, ; Birgit Müller,
E. Transient deformation in the lithosphere at conditions changing over short periods of time.
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Conventionally, deformation in the lithosphere is considered to occur by long-lasting and slow processes, during which deformation conditions remain stable. This view has been proven to be not tenable for many geological processes, e.g., during earthquake-driven deformation, localized deformation in shear zones, and deformation related to magmatic processes. The aim of this session is to discuss aspects of transient deformation at conditions changing over a short period of time and what might be required to advance our understanding through observations from naturally deformed rocks, laboratory experiments and modelling. We invite contributions from all disciplines of geosciences.

Claudia Trepmann, ; Bernhard Stoeckhert, ; Jörn Kruhl,
T4: Geological Resources
Energy Resources in Sedimentary Basins (Oil, Oil Sands, Gas, Coal, Geothermal Energy, Carbon Sequestration, Mineral Resources, Water, etc.).
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Sedimentary basins are compartments of the upper crust in which mineral and organic material has accumulated over millions of years. This material undergoes partial transformation at temperatures ranging from 0° to 300°C and pressures up to approximately 100 MPa. Due to their longevity and high contents of chemically metastable components, sedimentary basins can be regarded as long-term reactors. The substance turnover and product composition of such a geo-reactor depends essentially on both externally and internally operating processes which affect the sedimentary basin fill over long geological periods. The main objective of this session is to quantify the major processes that control or affect the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins, including the fluid inventory, using modern geoscientific methods. Processes of major interest are a) strain and stress in the upper crust leading to crustal extension and compression, evolution of fault zones, their influence on the crustal rheology and their effects on large scale and regional subsidence as well as on the geothermal field, b) inherent processes of a sedimentary system such as compaction, salt movement and fluid generation under the control of the external factors mentioned above, c) transport processes involving the migration of gas and fluids through the pore space either by pressure-driven single-phase or multi-phase flow or by diffusion, their dependence on compaction, fault zones and the geothermal field as well as associated fluid-rock interactions, and d) the supply and redistribution of sedimentary matter acting as a mirror of tectonic activities and climate changes. Of special interest are contributions related to the study of unconventional fossil fuels such as gas shales, coalbed methane and tight gas.

Conveners: Ralf Littke, ; Volker Steinbach, ; Ulrich Berner,
T5: Geological Hazards and Risks
B. Natural Hazards, Catastrophes and Risk Mitigation.
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Extreme events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, flooding and storms are the local manifestations of nature's natural energy release in lithospheric, hydrologic, and atmospheric processes. Whether or not and to what degree these extreme events turn into a risk for the growing world's population, let alone a catastrophe, depends on many factors, such as the event's characteristics and processes as well as the resilience of nearby populated regions. Since the recent earthquake in New Zealand and the earthquake - tsunami series in Japan, however, three factors are debated in particular: (1) are there any observables that lead to improve the options for early warning systems?, (2) what is the maximum event size likely to occur in a particular region?, and (3) at what cost is the population willing to cope with the natural event versus investing into expensive risk mitigation measures or avoiding the settlement in high risk regions?

This session seeks to bring together a wide range of geoscientists with expertise in various aspects of extreme event occurrence, trigger mechanisms, earthquake, landslide, tsunami and flooding processes, as well as those focusing on aspects of human-induced hazards and disasters, catastrophe management and risk mitigation. We solicit contributions from a wide range of regions, such as the Alps, the alpine foreland, central Europe, and in particular also from Sumatra, Japan, New Zealand, or any other region on earth.

Conveners: Alexander Allmann, ; Kurosch Thuro,
Invited Speaker: Kevin Furlong (Penn State University)
T6: Geoeducation & Communication
A. Earth Sciences for Society, Education in Earth Sciences and Geoheritage.
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One follow-up activity of the ‘UN-International Year of Planet Earth’ (IYPE) and a general mission of Earth Sciences is to inform the public at large how Earth scientific knowledge helps to make societies around the world healthier, safer and more prosperous and to excite young people about the Earth.
We continue to greatly benefit from what Planet Earth offers and we rely utterly upon its resources and powers to sustain our lives and societies. If we apply these resources more effectively, there would be sufficient for all while increasing living standards for many. That can only be realized if we expand our knowledge base of the Earth and use what we know now. Our ever more densely populated Planet offers future generations both challenges and opportunities to start smart, innovative sometimes unconventional actions that may contribute for solving many of today’s societal problems.

The session shall provide a platform to present a variety of topics or tools to communicate geoscience to the public as well as to society representatives, to explain complex geological processes in a popular way, but also to improve or create the respect for nature. Presentations might include school projects on “Earth Learning” or “Earth Science Weeks”, as well as on “Geoparks”, “Geotopes/Geosites”, Geotrails (GeoViaAlpina) or “Stones in the City”.

Conveners: Wolfgang Eder, ; Wesley Hill, Laurel P. Goodell,

Invited speakers:
Laurel Goodell (Princeton University)
John Macadam, University of Exeter ("Selling Geology to the Public")
Cheryl Manning (Evergreen High School, Colorado)
Patrick McKeever, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Belfast (Chair European Geoparks Network, and Global Geoparks Bureau), ("Geoparks - A Tool for Education in Earth Sciences")
B. Studium und was dann? Berufseinstieg, Perspektiven, Ausland, Mentoren und Strategien. (Earth Sciences for Society, Education in Earth Sciences and Geoheritage; course and course description in German.)
     Description  [ open/close ]
Die Beschäftigungsfelder von Geowissenschaftlern unterlagen in den vergangenen Jahren einem deutlichen Wandel: die Anforderungen der Arbeitgeber sind differenzierter als in der Vergangenheit und stellen die Studierenden vor das Problem einer rechtzeitigen Orientierung auf beschäftigungsspezifische Ausbildungsschwerpunkte bei zugleich solider fachlicher Grundausbildung. Folgende Fragen sollen in den Beiträgen vertieft behandelt werden:
Welche Rolle spielen die traditionellen Beschäftigungsfelder von Geowissenschaftlern? Welche Chancen gibt es in neuen Berufsfeldern? Welche Anforderungen sollen und müssen Absolventen geowissenschaftlicher Studiengänge in der beruflichen Praxis erfüllen? Wie lässt sich der Einstieg in die Berufstätigkeit gezielt vorbereiten?

Erfahrene Vertreterinnen und Vertreter verschiedener Berufsgruppen (Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen, Geobüros und Freiberufler, Industrie und Wirtschaft sowie ämter und Behörden) stellen anhand konkreter Projekte verschiedene Berufsfelder vor, berichten von ihren Erfahrungen und geben Tipps – z.B. zur Auslandstätigkeit, zum Thema Promotion und zu Mentoring.

Convener: Ulrike Mattig, .
T7. System Earth - Humankind
A. Earth surface in the Anthropocene.
    Description  [ open/close ]
Increasing direct and indirect human activities unquestionable alter the composition, structure and forms of the Earth surface. As a consequence, according surface and subsurface processes are attenuated, intensified or overprinted. The Anthropocene is a new but more and more frequently used term in Geoscience which can be vaguely described as the “human domination of the earth ecosystem” and therefore also the earth surface. However, definition and chronology is under discussion.

The session focuses on local, regional and global studies, which measure or monitor an increasing anthropogenic forcing on the Earth surface in order to compare it with studies of earlier timescale during the Holocene. We encourage submission of abstracts from all kinds of geo-disciplines such as geomorphology, sedimentology, geopedology, quaternary geology, geoarchaeology and others that deal with the following but not exclusively subjects:
  • sediment budgets over timescales
  • comparison of modern and historic soil erosion
  • changes of intensities geomorphic processes over time
  • changes of landforms over time (such as dunes, rivers, valleys etc.
  • a.o.
Each submission should address the question: (i) can increasing changes be observed (ii) play humans a major part in these changes (iii) at which time major changes can be observed. We hope to add information on the definition and the chronological precision of the term Anthopocene and to discuss the impacts on the Earth surface with the according consequences for the human society.

Conveners: Matthias Leopold, ; Joerg Voelkel,
T8. Special Interdisciplinary Sessions
     Description  [ open/close ]
GEOTECHNOLOGIEN is a geoscientific research and development programme funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The object of research is the „System Earth“ with its different aspects and questions. Geosciences, physicists, biologists and chemists as well as engineers, computer, social and medical scientists are working together in the different fields of research. Due to this integrative approach it is possible to tie ideas and knowledge to make complex processes on and in the earth better comprehensible.

The transfer of basic knowledge into products, procedures and services to the market in co-operation with enterprises is tremendously supported by the broad and differentiated subjects of research of GEOTECHNOLOGIEN.

Convener: Ute Münch,
B. Current and Future Geodetic Satellite Missions and Their Applications to Geology.
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This session covers space-borne geodetic measurement in a wide range of spatial scales, from gravitational missions like CHAMP and GOCE to high spatial resolution SAR and interferometric SAR systems like TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. Contributions on recent results from current missions are encouraged as well as conceptual presentations of future missions.

Roland Pail, ; Michael Eineder, ; Richard Bamler,
D. State of the Art in Geological Mapping at Research Institutions, the Military,
     and Geological Surveys.
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Werner Stackebrandt, ; Rolf Gerber, ; Anke Friedrich,
E. GIS and 3D-modeling in Geosciences
     Description  [ open/close ]
The importance of Geo Information Systems (GIS) and 3/4D-modelling in geosciences is increasing permanently. Here beside the application of available tools the development of task specific routines often is needed. This session is addressed to all people who use GIS, 3/4D-modelling or programming as a methodological approach in order to work on geoscientific tasks. The session thus calls for contributions which are related either to development of methodological approaches or results derived by application of GIS, 3/4D-modelling or programming. Contributions can be submitted either in English or in German.

Rouwen Lehne, ; Helmut Schaben, ; Joachim Post,
T9. Special Session
Special Session in Honour of Prof. Paul Schmidt-Thomé's 100th Anniversary.
Description  [ open/close ]
With the 100th anniversary of his birthday in 2011 this open session honors the merits of Professor Paul Schmidt-Thomé, who has been Ordinarius of Geology in Munich (Tech. Univ.) from 1954 until 1977. His scientific focus covered a wide range of topics from sedimentary and structural evolution of the Eastern Alps (Northern Calcareous Alps) and the Bavarian Molasse system to diverse aspects of applied geology (natural resources, hydrogeology, engineering geology).

Reinhard Gaupp, ; Reinhard Hesse, ; Michael Schmidt-Thomé,
T10. Regional Geology and Tectonics of Central and East Asia
Advocates: Benita-Lisette Sonntag, Jonas Kley and Anke M. Friedrich






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