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The CIG Webinar Series draws from a pool of experts from mathematicians, to computer scientists, and to geoscientists, among others to bring together a cross-cutting community of faculty, students and researchers to both inform and disseminate knowledge on the tools and methodologies employed to further the study of problems in geodynamics.

The one hour webinars will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month October through May. Webinars will be recorded for later viewing. Reminders and details will be sent out through the CIG forum Announcement category.

The path to model interoperability in geodynamics

Many grand challenge problems in the geosciences require the integration of knowledge across multiple disciplines – examples include coupling erosion models to weather and climate models to describe where erosion actually happens, erosion models to tectonic models to understand the specifics of mountain belt formation, or mantle convection to geodynamo models to understand the long-term evolution of a planet’s magnetic field. However, historically, codes have rarely been integrated across sub-disciplines. This is because interoperability between computational models is difficult, because data and their formats are often not standardized, and because the numerical and computational methods employed in different codes are frequently different and incompatible.

This webinar series provides a survey of current efforts to understand the relationship between different systems in geosciences. By presenting examples of coupled geodynamics models and the difficulties encountered in coupling them, speakers of this series invite us into exploration and discussions of the science opportunities and challenges in code coupling and multidisciplinary research. 

Questions for speakers:

  • What physical systems are you addressing? What are the science and opportunities in coupling these processes?

  • What challenges did you encounter coupling different processes? Are the physics of the processes compatible? What were the computational and numerical challenges?

Webinar Schedule

Please see the calendar of events to view all Past and Upcoming webinars.

Running Zoom

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+1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
+1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 384 711 375
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  December     - AGU -          
  February 8 Coupling Geodynamic and Landscape Evolution Models. Robert Moucha,  Syracuse University
  February 22 Venus through time: building coupled evolution models for rocky planets. Cedric Gillmann, ETH Zurich
  March 14 Modelling interactions between the solid-Earth, cryosphere, and oceans to better predict future sea-level change. Matthew Hoffman, LANL
  March 28  - spring break -
  April 11 Appplication of geodynamic modelling methods for natural hydrogen gas (H2) exploration in (inverted) rift basins. Frank Zwaan, GFZ Potsdam
  April 25 I. Effect of mantle convection on the geodynamo behaviour in numerical models. Thomas Frasson, Université Grenoble Alpes
II. The Influence of Mantle Convection on Earth’s Geomagnetic Field Observables. Daniel Thallner, University of Florida
  May 9 Interactions Between Tectonic and Surface Processes: Insights from 2-D and 3-D Geodynamic Modeling. Thomas Theunissen, University of Bergen
  May 16 From Mantle Convection to Seismic Observations -- Simulating 3-D Wave Propagation in Geodynamic Earth Models. Bernhard Schuberth, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)