2012 Mantle Convection and Lithospheric Dynamics Workshop

Davis, California

2012 Mantle Convection and Lithospheric Dynamics Workshop


  • On the mantle convection solver Aspect - and computational software in general (Wolfgang Bangerth)
  • Revisiting Geoid Constraints on Subduction Zone Rheology (Magali Billen) 
  • Multilevel Stokes flow solvers - Adapting to heterogeneity and rheology (Jed Brown) 
  • Constraining Normal Fault Strength from the Geometry of Rider Blocks (Eunseo Choi) 
  • Horizontal Mantle Plumes and Shear-Driven Upwelling in the South Pacific and/or Linking Intraplate Volcanism to Global Mantle Flow (Clint Conrad) 
  • Recent developments in planetary geodynamics (Scott King) 
  • Efficient Stokes Solvers (Dave May) 
  • Melt Extraction and Focusing (mostly) at Mid-Ocean Ridges (Laurent G.J. Montési) 
  • Mantle Wedge Dynamics: Slab-Mantle Coupling, Grain Size Evolution, and Fluid Migration (Ikuko Wada) 
  • Harnessing advanced computational libraries for coupled multi-physics problems (Cian R. Wilson)
  • Mantle Convection Models Featuring Plates (Julian P. Lowman) 

Organizing Committee

  • Peter van Keken, University of Michigan (
  • Shijie Zhong, University of Colorado (
  • Roger Buck, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (
  • Marc Spiegelman, Columbia University (
  • Claire Currie, University Alberta (
  • Mousumi Roy, University of New Mexico (
  • Louise Kellogg, University of California at Davis (
  • CIG contact: Ariel Shoresh (


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Travel information

Please submit your travel information: arrival date/time, departure date/time, estimated expenses, and if you are a speaker.


Participant List


This workshop is the 4th CIG sponsored workshop intended to bring together researchers who study the dynamics of the Earth’s mantle and lithosphere through numerical modeling. This workshop follows the meetings in Boulder, Colorado (2005), UC Davis (2008) and UC San Diego (2010). The meeting will focus on new numerical techniques, showcase existing and publicly supported software, and demonstrate scientific advances made using these computational techniques. There will be a balance between scientific presentations, technical discussions, hands-on opportunities and benchmark discussions. Technical issues of particular interest are: 1) Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR); 2) robust energy and Stokes’ equations solvers; 3) the interface of mantle and lithosphere dynamics and the role of melting and faulting; 4) implementation of multi-scale physics.

We expect to be able to host up to 90 participants and provide partial support for airfare and accommodation to US-based participants and provide support for accommodation to international participants. We expect that we can provide between $250 and $500 towards participants’ travel, with higher priority of funding to graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists. We recommend that participants book their air travel early.

Location and Accommodation

The meeting will take place at the University of California at Davis. The university is just 30 minutes away from the airport in Sacramento (SMF). Participants will be housed in UC Davis Residence Halls (in units of 4 single rooms sharing a common area and facilities) with meals in the Seguno Dining Hall. Participants staying in the residence halls will have access to the recreational facilities and the pool. We expect everyone to arrive on Sunday afternoon or evening before the first full day of the workshop. The meeting will finish at 5p on Wednesday, with last departures on Thursday morning.

Segundo Complex/Thompson Hall

General Information, and Agenda 

Location: Thompson Hall, Segundo Complex University of California, Davis
Dates: July 29 - August 2, 2012 (see planned schedule and invited speakers below)
Support: Due to generous support from CIG and NSF, accommodations and meals will be provided for all participants at newly renovated residence halls and dining facilities on the UC Davis Campus. In addition, we will provide partial support for airfare for all graduate students and post-docs (including non-U.S. participants). The amount of support available will depend on the total number of participants, butshould be about $250-$550 per person, and this applies to U.S. carriers only, or airlines flying under U.S. code share (e.g., a British Airlines flight flying as "United Airlines #312" while in U.S. airspace). Some support may be available for other participants - please contact the conveners for more information.
Travel: The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is 20 miles from Davis. The next closest airport is San Francisco International (SFO), which is 90 miles away from Davis. Transportation from SMF to Davis can be found with a variety of services: Davis AirporterSuper Shuttle Sacramento, and local bus service Yolo Bus 42A/B
Workshop Schedule: July 29 (Sunday): Arrival of Participants; check into residence halls; ice breaker. Dinner at dining hall
July 30 (Monday): Overview, Technical Advances and Challenges, and Broad Goals.
July 31 (Tuesday): Advances in Computational Geodynamics.
August 1 (Wednesday): Interfacing the Mantle and Lithosphere; Melting and Faulting, Mountain Building, Future Directions.
August 2 (Thursday): Morning departure of participants. Breakfast and Lunch (if needed) at dining hall.
Session Schedule: 6:45 - 8:30 am: Breakfast at dining hall
8:30 - 10:00 am: Morning Session I
10:00 - 11:00 am: Poster Session, Long Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 pm: Morning Session II
12:30 - 1:15pm: Lunch at the dining hall.
1:30 - 3:00pm: Afternoon Session I
3:00 - 3:30pm: Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00pm: Afternoon Session II
Evenings: Free - open for break out sessions
Dinners: 4:45pm - 6:30 pm


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