2020 Tectonics Workshop

Golden, Colorado

Tectonics Modeling Tutorial and Community Science Workshop

25-31 July 2020

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

This workshop begins with four days of hands-on tutorials (July 25-28) followed by three days of science talks and discussions (July 29-31).  Participants may choose to attend the science workshop only.  

I. Tutorial July 25-28

The 2020 CIG Tectonics Modeling Tutorial will provide an opportunity for both new and experienced modelers to receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of long-term tectonic modeling. The training modules will cover a range of topics, including basic examples of mantle convection and lithospheric deformation, viscoelastic-plastic deformation, two-phase flow, complex model design, and overviews of version control, best coding practices, and HPC computing. Participants will have the opportunity to complete example problems as well as get advice on, and set-up their own models.  Participants are encouraged to share their research through lightning talks and posters.

Tutorials will be taught using the CIG-supported code ASPECT. This workshop provides an opportunity for new users to become familiar with the code and its community. We encourage advanced users and prospective developers to contribute to ASPECT through github and participation in hackathons.

II. Community Science Workshop July 29-31

The 2020 CIG Tectonics Community Science Workshop will bring together the international lithosphere dynamics community to engage in discussion and long-term strategic planning with the observational Geosciences community. The meeting introductory sessions will cover current challenges and open questions in distinct domains of the lithosphere, improved integration of modeled data with natural data sets, and new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The remainder of the meeting will focus on ductile shear zones and localization processes, with specific attention paid to future directions in modeling and existing geologic data sets that can be integrated into robust statistical comparisons between modeled and observed data.

Registration Opens: March 1, 2020
Registration Closes: March 31, 2020
Notification of Acceptance Begins: April 1, 2020

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Wolfgang Bangerth, Colorado State University
Juliane Dannberg, U. Florida
Menno Fraters, UC Davis
Rene Gassmoeller, UC Davis
Anne Glerum, GFZ Potsdam
Timo Heister, Clemson University
Lorraine Hwang, UC Davis
John Naliboff, UC Davis

Mark Behn, Boston College
Susanne Buiter, Geological Survey of Norway
Lorraine Hwang, UC Davis
John Naliboff, UC Davis
David Bercovici, Yale University
Sandra Pizalo, Leeds University
Sarah Roeske, UC Davis
Jolante van Wijk, New Mexico Tech


Workshop Information


Participants may arrive on Friday, July 24 and depart the latest on Saturday, August 1.


The workshop will be held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Transportation from Denver International Airport (DEN) is available through Taxi, Uber/Lyft, or airport shuttles. For further information, please refer to the logistics page.

Housing is available.


Participants must apply to attend. Registration is first come, first serve until full. All participants are required to stay the duration of the event. [apply]

All registrants must apply for support for Workshop Fees.




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