Summer 2015 Overview (Registration closed February 1, 2015.)

Interactions between the mantle and the major surface reservoirs of water and carbon influence sea level, icesheet dynamics, the volume of the ocean, magma production, the volcanic flux of CO2 to the atmosphere, and the loss of carbon via subduction into the mantle. The carbon content and distribution on Earth are important controls on climate, which in turn controls the balance of water and loading processes at Earth’s surface. These loads deform the Earth, sometimes throughout the thickness of the mantle. Mantle-climate interactions over Earth history have led to a planetary surface with a unique H/C ratio, and one that has evolved through time. CIDER 2015 will involve cross-disciplinary discussions among geophysicists, geochemists, geodynamicists and paleoclimate scientists.
Read more about the science motivation.


  • Meredith Nettles (LDEO, Columbia Univ.)
  • Terry Plank (LDEO, Columbia Univ.)
  • Louis Derry (Cornell Univ.)
  • Jeff Freymueller (Univ. of Alaska)
  • Laurent Montesi (Univ. for Maryland)
  • Barbara Romanowicz (Univ. of California, Berkeley and Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris), Ex-officio

As in previous CIDER summer programs, the program will be structured as follows:

Week 1 (June 28 to July 4th): Informal, unstructured program for participants at the assistant professor level or higher -

During this time period an international Deep Carbon Observatory Thematic Institute on "Carbon, from the Mantle to the Surface" will occur (July 1-3rd). For more information, and to apply ***before the February 28, 2015 deadline***, please go the DCO meeting site: DCO meeting site

Weeks 2-5 (July 5th- July 31st): Lectures, tutorials and workshop open to advaned graduate students and post-docs, as well as senior participants.
View the preliminary lecture schedule

A "kick-off" workshop was held at Berkeley on Sunday December 14,2014 . The program of that workshop is available on the workshop website

Senior participants:

  • Geodynamics: David Bercovici (Yale U.), Helge Gonnerman (U. of Hawaii), Robert Moucha (Syracuse U.), Wouter Van der Wal (Tech. U. Delft)
  • Geochemistry: Tobias Fischer (Univ. of New Mexico), Erik Hauri (Carnegie Inst. Washington), Marc Hirschmann (U. of Minnesotta), Charlie Langmuir (Harvard U.), Craig Manning (UCLA), Damon Teagle (Southampton U., UK), Paul Wallace (U. of Oregon)
  • Paleoclimate: Page Chamberlain (Stanford U.), Yves Godderis (Toulouse, France), Peter Huybers (Harvard U.), Rachel James (Southampton, UK), Mark Pagani (Yale U.), Maureen Raymo (LDEO), David Rowley (U. Chicago).
  • Geodesy: James Davis (LDEO), Fred Pollitz (USGS).
  • Seismology: Doug Wiens (Washington Univ., St Louis).
  • Rheology: Christine McCarthy (LDEO), Uli Faul (MIT)
  • Geology: Eric Kirby (Oregon State), Jeanne Sauber (NASA), Alberto Malinverno (LDEO).
Researchers at the assistant professor level and higher are welcome to sign up for any part of the program, and we encourage overlap between the first and second part of the program.

The unstructured part of the program is meant to facilitate interaction betw een members of the community that have burgeoning plans to develop collaborative projects. Come to CIDER to plan your CSEDI proposals!! You will have office space, access to a desktop computer and printers, a quiet environment away from your home institution, and the possibility to interact with colleagues from various disciplines in an informal way.

Graduate students and post-docs : The lecture/tutorial program is meant for graduate students that have completed their qualifying examination, as well as post-docs. Some exceptions may be granted if well justified. The lecture program is designed to bring everyone to a fundamental understanding of progress and challenging in disciplines other than their own.

Graduate students and post-docs signing up for the tutorial part (weeks 2 -5) are required to stay at least for the 4 weeks of the tutorial program. Exceptions may be considered but priority will be given to those that commit to stay for 4 weeks. During the 2nd week of lectures (week 3 of the summer program), research questions that require a multi-disciplinary approach will be formulated, and the participants will be divided up into several groups (typically 3-5), composed of a mix of junior and senior participants, and a balance of disciplines. During the following two weeks these research groups will work on defining and addressing a well focused research project. Our experience is that one week of "workshop" is not enough to get anything done, so staying for the 4th week, i.e. 2nd week of workshop, is essential. Each group will present their work/findings on the last day of the program (see presentations from previous CIDER programs). Participants will also have free time to catch up with their regular research and other duties.

Participants may bring spouses and we will do our best to accommodate families, and in particular give references for childcare. There are many programs for children on and off campus.


Travel and on-site expenses will be provided to those senior participants that stay for two weeks or longer. We cannot provide support for travel from outside of the US. However, on-site support for foreign participants (senior or junior) will be provided.

The number of participants is limited, so early applications are encouraged!

Support for CIDER 2015 participants will be provided by the NSF/FESD program through the CIDER Synthesis Center grant to U.C. Berkeley (PI B. Romanowicz).


This summer program will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.


Application deadline was February 1, 2015

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CIDER 2015 Summer Program

"Solid Earth Dynamics and Climate --- Mantle Interactions with the Hydrosphere & Carbosphere"

June 28 to July 31, 2015,
U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley (CA), USA