2018 CGU CIG

Niagara Falls, Ontario

2018 CIG Mantle Convection and Lithosphere Dynamics Workshop

Joint with the Canadian Geophysical UnionCanadian Soil Science Society (CSSS)Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America (ES-SSA) and the Canadian Society for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (CSAFM).

This workshop is the second joint meeting with the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) intended to bring together researchers who study the dynamics of the Earth’s mantle and lithosphere through numerical modeling. The meeting will focus on numerical modeling, mantle dynamics and the geodynamics of lithospheric evolution and will combine invited and contributed talks and poster sessions. An introductory tutorial on ASPECT will also be offered. 

Full meeting information can be found at the official meeting website [CGU website].
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Organizing Committee

   Laurent Montesi Chair, University of Maryland
   Claire Currie, University of Alberta
   Lorraine Hwang, University of California, Davis
   Margarete Jadamec, SUNY Buffalo
   Louise Kellogg, University of California, Davis
   Julian LowmanUniversity of Toronto
   Allen McNamara, Michigan State University
   Miki Nakajima, University of Rochester


CIG Session Descriptions

CIG_01: Mantle Convection: Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics 

Mantle convection is the process that drives plate tectonics and continental drift on the Earth. It determines the cooling rate of the planet and therefore the core, thus also determining the conditions critical for the geodynamo. Convection in the mantles of other terrestrial planets and both rocky and icy satellites, similarly determines the evolution of these bodies and expressions of their histories such as resurfacing, manifestations of past and present dynamos and volcanism. Progress in understanding these processes on the Earth and other bodies is being driven by continual advancements in computational geodynamic modelling as well as new means of dealing with voluminous model output and tools for visualizing calculation results. This session seeks proposals describing the findings from the full spectrum of studies of mantle convection, new numerical techniques for dealing with issues related to the modelling of mantle dynamics and new tools for dealing with model interpretation. Relevant contributions extend to applications to any system in which convection in a silicate or icy layer is modelled.

CIG_03: Lithosphere Dynamics:  Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics  

As the rigid outer shell of the Earth and the upper boundary layer of the mantle convective system, the lithosphere plays a fundamental role in the Earth’s evolution.  However, computational modellng of lithosphere dynamics remains a challenge, as models must encompass wide temporal-spatial scales and incorporate materials with complex, heterogeneous and often poorly constrained properties. Further, recent work highlights the importance of multi-physics processes (e.g., fluid-solid interactions) that are still not fully understood.  This session seeks contributions on all aspects of lithosphere dynamics, including studies of specific tectonic areas and those that address computational advances in lithosphere modeling.  We also welcome studies that bridge numerical models and observational data and those that link lithosphere dynamics with other parts of the Earth system (e.g., Earth’s surface, convecting mantle).

CIG_04: New Developments in Geodynamic Modeling and Computational Infrastructure

Advances in numerical modeling capabilities and the influx of big data have widened the scope and scale of geodynamic modeling in the modern era. This session focuses on new developments facilitating modeling of Earth and planetary dynamics. These include generating scientific workflows, data assimilation, numerical methods, leveraging scientific libraries for reproducible research, advances in 3D data visualization, and incorporating new technologies in high performance computing infrastructure. Applications to all aspects of geodynamics are welcome from whole Earth mantle convection, geodynamo studies, short- and long-term tectonics, and as well as the seismic cycle and seismically imaged Earth structure. 


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.

Tutorial: [info][register]

Cross-Listed Sessions

CGU_S_01: Structure and Dynamics of the Continental Lithosphere and Upper Mantle
CGU_S_03: The Structure and Dynamics of Western North America: Setting the Stage for CCArray and EON-ROSE
ESSSA_02: Forecasting Seismicity Patterns in Central and Eastern North America from Aftershock Sequences to Long-term Strain

Abstract Submission

We welcome abstract submissions to the 2018 Joint CGU – CSSS – CSAFM – ES-SSA – CIG Meeting. The theme of the Joint Meeting, which reflects a range of scientific interests, is Discovery and Scientific Progress Together. To submit an abstract, please go to the 2018 CGU meeting website.

To make a submission, you will need your Abstract Title, Abstract Text (2000 character maximum), Author Names, the title of the session you wish to submit to (see below) and your preferred platform (oral or poster). An abstract submission fee of $50 plus 5% GST applies. You can pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Diner’s Club) and will be provided a confirmation screen at the conclusion of your submission to indicate that your Abstract Submission has been received. The deadline for Abstract Submissions is March 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm eastern time. Final decisions on Abstract Submissions will be communicated by e-mail to the Corresponding/Presenting Author by the beginning of April.

If you have questions regarding the Abstract Submissions or payments, please contact CANHOST Group at (403) 942-5363 or by e-mail to

Participants can attend and contribute abstracts to any of CGU, CSSS. CSAFM, ES-SSA or CIG sessions.


Registration is through CGU.  Please see the main conference website. We STRONGLY recommend that everyone join CGU for the best rates.

To join CGU, please go to the CGU website. CIG members are eligible for Associate Members rates of $45 and $20 for students. Select "Solid Earth" for your primary CGU Section Affiliation.  


Room blocks at meeting rates are available in Niagara Falls. Please see the conference website. Reservartion portals close May 20, 2018.

Travel Support

We expect to be able to support a limited number of participants providing up to $1300 USD  for registration, airfare and accommodation to participants from U.S. Institutions. Higher priority of funding will go to graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists. We recommend that participants book their air travel early. Travelers MUST use a US carrier, comply with Open Skies or provide code share information.

For U.S. travelers we recommend flying into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF). Please consult airport information on available transportation  to Niagara Falls.

CGU has secured discounts on airfares from WestJet and major discounts on shuttle bus services from airports to the Niagara Falls hotels. Discount and promo codes are available via the conference website ( 

Application for travel support is CLOSED. Participants will be notified by April 13, 2018. 


Abstract Submission: March 16 
Abstract Notification: beginning of April
Early Registration: April 27
Travel Support: March 31
Travel Support Notification: April 13
Hotel Reservations portal close: May 10

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