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"The nature and dynamics of the earth's transition zone: a multidisciplinary approach"

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The second CIDER Summer Program took place at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, July 16 - Aug 04, 2006. See the links in the side bar for more information.

The purpose of this multidisciplinary summer program was an in-depth examination of the seismological, geodynamic, mineral physics and geochemical constraints on the fluxes of mass, heat and chemicals in the mantle, with a particular focus on the upper mantle and transition zone. This was intended to not merely be an information exchange as to where each discipline is at, and what is bounding its progress, but also to provide a venue for initiating and advancing new research in situ, as it were.

Some of the outstanding questions participants were expected to work on include: - Spatial spectrum and organization of physical and chemical heterogeneities in the mantle;

  • Mixing and stirring, cycling and recycling, in the mantle;
  • Role of melting and water in mantle dynamics and evolution;
  • Links between mantle dynamics and geological, geophysical, and geochemical observables;
  • Nature of the transition zone and its thermal and dynamical consequences for Earth evolution
  • The organizers of this program were Louise Kellogg, Barbara Romanowicz, Stan Hart and Adam Dziewonski. In addition to the organizers, Tom Duffy, John Eiler, Guy Masters, Peter van Keken, Anne Sheehan, Marc Hirschmann, Lars Stixrude, Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, Sujoy Mukhopadhyay, Alan Levander and Cin-Ty Lee participated as lecturers.

    This three-week program combined two overlapping components: 1) a tutorial program consisting of formal lectures and practical exercises for advanced graduate students and post-doc's (first 2 weeks) and 2) a multidisciplinary workshop program involving both senior and junior scientists (last two weeks). The tutorial activities was concentrated in the first two weeks, but continue dthroughout the third week, albeit at a less intense pace. In parallel, all participants engaged in free-format research activities and discussions, typically in small sub-groups. Regular plenary sessions served to engage both students and senior participants, and to integrate the tutorial material with the ongoing research activities.

    The tutorial part drew from the experience gained in the first CIDER Summer Program (2004), although the content of the lectures was not identical. The purpose of the tutorial part is to familiarize participants with the tools of geochemistry, geodynamics, mineral physics and seismology that can be used to enravel the properties of the Earth's interior, with a focus on the general theme of the Summer Program.

    Group photo of participants in week 2 of the program:

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    We encouraged participants to sign up for the whole 3 weeks of the program, and a minimum of 2 weeks

    This program was funded by the EAR-CSEDI program of the NSF, with facilities provided by KITP, including office space and access to computers for participating scientists. On-site and travel expenses were supported by the program

    Read the report on this program written for KITP

    as well as the participant evaluations.

    For further enquiries, please contact one of the four organizers

    We plan the next CIDER Summer Program for the Summer' 2008. (details to be provided later).

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    Last update: 28 November 2006.