ASPECT Tutorial

June 11 -13

CIG_02:  An Introduction to Modeling Lithospheric Dynamics

This session will provide a tutorial and training for modeling mantle convection and lithospheric deformation using the state-of-the-art, CIG-supported code ASPECT. The half-day session will begin with a general overview of relevant numerical methods and best practices for modeling complex, non-linear solid Earth deformation. After the introduction, participants will complete  hands-on exercises that examine realistic geophysical problems including mantle convection, subduction and lithospheric extension. The session will conclude with a discussion of the exercises and questions regarding developing future numerical studies. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with ideas and hypothesis potentially suited for numerical investigations. No prior modeling experience is required and all interested student, faculty, professional research and industry attendees are encouraged to apply.


This introductory tutorial will be spread over 3 x 1 1/2 hours sessions in the afternoons during CGU.  The tutorial will combine introductory talks, hands on tutorials, and tinker time.  

Capacity is limited to 25 on a first come, first serve basis for the hands on portion.  We encourage other users to come to office hours (TBD) for help on their research problems.

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