2014 CIG-EarthScope Institute for Lithospheric Modeling Workshop

February 3-4, 2014 Tempe, Arizona

Workshop Description

The Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics' (CIG) long-term tectonics community is partnering with EarthScope for the first CIG-EarthScope Institute for Lithospheric Modeling workshop, to be held in Tempe, Arizona at the EarthScope National Office on the Arizona State University Campus February 3-4, 2014.

This meeting will focus on geodynamic modeling of lithosphere dynamics, data integration, and the software tools that facilitate this work. The primary goal of this workshop is to establish use cases, which will facilitate the development of a list of functional specification, scientific goals and end-user criteria that will improve current and future development of lithosphere modeling software as well as enhance use of EarthScope-related observations of lithospheric structure and deformation. Discussion will also include best practices for dissemination of codes, including contribution of open-source codes to CIG, training, manual development, and how CIG can help PIs achieve their software development and data management goals.

The workshop will combine developer presentations on new advances in lithosphere modeling tools, posters and identification of science drivers and datasets that are advancing our understanding of lithosphere deformation. In depth discussions between end-users and developers will address the needs and goals of both groups and how this can be integrated into the EarthCube framework. The primary goal of these discussions is to develop a white paper that will outline a 5-10 yr roadmap for the long-term tectonics community including major scientific goals, numerical advances, and benchmarks.

Workshop Organizers

The CIG Long Term Tectonics Working Group aims to provide numerical tools to researchers who investigate the behavior of the lithosphere and upper mantle over time scales on the order of 104-9 years. Studies undertaken by the LTT community commonly focus on subduction of the tectonic plates, creation and evolution of mid-ocean ridges, upwelling and self-spreading of sub-lithospheric mantle plumes, and large-scale continental deformation. Such simulations are complex and involve multiple scales of interaction between materials of widely varying rheologies, from linear/non-linear viscous to brittle faulting, as well as other multi-physics problems like two-phase flow of melts or other fluids and chemical evolution during the above processes.

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Workshop Summary

See Summary for the final workshop report, presentations and participant list.



Final agenda


Meeting abstracts

Registration ***CLOSED

*** Workshop is FULL. Registrations are still being accepted. Participants will be notified on a space available basis. 
Participation is limited to 40 attendees. 
Participants will be selected for breadth according to their statement of interest on the registration form and abstract submission. 
Participants will be notified by January 3, 2014

Abstract Submission ***CLOSED

Abstract should be submitted by January 15, 2014 to

Pre-Meeting Questionnaire

Participants are required to return the pre-meeting questionnaire by January 15, 2014 to



Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Bldg, (ITSB4), ASU 
Four Points by Sheraton (hotel) 

Meeting Location 
The Workshop will be held at Arizona State University in ISTB4 (Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building). All plenary discussions will take place in room 240 (2nd floor). 

Accommodation will be covered for workshop participants at the Four Points by Sheraton, Tempe AZ:

    1333 S. Rural Rd.
    Tempe, Arizona · 85281
              Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8133

Please note: Only a limited number of accommodations will be available for the evening of February 4th. See Air Travel note below.

Breakfast is offered as part of your room rate at the Four Points by Sheraton. 
Please let Cindy Dick know if you have a dietary request (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, allergies, etc.) by January 15, 2014. 

Air Travel 
Phoenix Sky Harbor International is served by Southwest Airlines, U.S. Airways and most major national airlines.
Please book flights departing after 5pm on February 4th. Please consult check-in Staff upon arrival to arrange group shuttle reservations departing directly from ISTB.

Ground Transportation 
The Four Points Sheraton provides free shuttle service. Upon arrival, call for pick-up: 480.968.3451

Poster Instructions 
Poster boards will be located on the 3rd floor. Please post by noon on Monday or give them to the staff at the check-in desk outside of 240 ITSB4 upon arrival. Posters should be no larger than 4'x8'.


Funds will be available for reimbursement of travel expenses for attendees. Please refer to your offer letter for details. Participants must register to ensure they are part of the paid hotel block. Breakfast is provided by the hotel. Lunch on both days and dinner Monday evening will also be provided. You are responsible for your own room charges.

Please note Arizona State University is a tobacco-free campus. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Sponsored By:

    CIG and EarthScope
with additional support from:
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