Chapman/CSEDI/JOI/USSSP Conference Announcement

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                                 ANNOUNCEMENT OF

          A CHAPMAN/CSEDI/JOI/USSSP CONFERENCE ON:
                     THE HISTORY AND DYNAMICS OF 
                          GLOBAL PLATE MOTIONS 

                    MARCONI CONFERENCE CENTER
                  POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
                              MARSHALL, CA, USA

                               17th - 22nd JUNE 1997

                                      CONVENORS:
            Mark Richards, University of California, Berkeley 
                    David Bercovici, University of Hawaii
                       Mike Coffin, University of Texas
          Michael Gurnis, California Institute of Technology 
                       Richard Gordon, Rice University
                      Larry Lawver, University of Texas
                   Richard O'Connell, Harvard University
              Joann Stock, California Institute of Technology

            ABSTRACT AND TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINE:
                                   3rd MARCH 1997

          PREREGISTRATION DEADLINE:  5th MAY 1997

                 REPLY TO: meetinginfo at kosmos.agu.org
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CONFERENCE SCOPE

      Since the development of the theory of plate tectonics, the work of
scientists who develop plate motion reconstructions and the work of
scientists who model mantle convection and global plate motions have  been
performed in relative isolation.  However, advances in geodynamic modeling
and seismic imaging of the Earth's interior now offer many possibilities for
integrating our knowledge of the history of plate motions with our emerging
understanding of mantle dynamics. 

      The purpose of this conference is to bring together the plate
reconstruction and mantle dynamics communities in order to foster innovative
cross-disciplinary science, better integrate the geologic record of plate
motions into geodynamic models, and bring a higher level of maturity to
geodynamic models of the forces acting on plates. 

Topics of discussion will include:

*  Dynamic models for plate motions
*  Advances in mapping Phanerozoic plate motions
*  Plate boundary forces and fault systems
*  Rapid plate motion changes
*  The nature of the hotspot reference frame 
*  Seismic imaging of subducted plates
*  Integration of plate motion data and geophysical models

CONFERENCE FORMAT

*  Keynote addresses by leaders in the field of plate motion reconstruction
and geodynamics.
*  Poster sessions providing opportunities for conference participants to
view and discuss the latest results.
*  Formal and informal discussions, with a focus on forming
interdisciplinary working subgroups to address the goals outlined above.
*  Tutorial sessions to help the plate reconstruction and geodynamics
communities understand the nuts-and-bolts of each others' work.  These
sessions will address such topics as error analysis in plate
reconstructions, the basic physics of mantle convection and plate driving
forces, available software for plate tectonics work, etc.
*  A field trip to view the famous Franciscan and Salinian geology of both
sides of the San Andreas Fault, which can be seen within a few minutes drive
from the conference site.  The field trip will occur in the middle of the
conference to encourage interactions among participants.

TRAVEL SUPPORT

      Funding is available to provide partial support for students and
foreign travelers attending the meeting.  Application forms for travel
support can be obtained from the AGU Meetings Department at the address
listed  below.  The deadline for receipt of travel applications is March
3rd, 1997.  Awardees will be selected by the convenors.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE:  March 3rd, 1997

      A camera-ready original and two copies of all abstracts must be
submitted in standard AGU abstract format to the address below.  If you
wish to submit your abstract using e-mail, contact the AGU Meetings  Department.

PREREGISTRATION DEADLINE:  May 5th, 1997

      Complete registration and housing information will be available in
January 1997.  Future information pertaining to this conference (i.e.
scientific program, housing, registration) will be sent to those who have
either submitted an abstract or have asked to be placed on the mailing list.

Those not submitting abstracts who wish to be placed on the mailing list,
please contact:

AGU Meetings Department
Plate Motions Conference
2000 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009, USA
Phone:  +1 (202) 462-6900
Fax:  +1 (202) 328-0566
E-mail: meetinginfo at kosmos.agu.org





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