ASPECT Tutorial

June 11 -13

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 tutorial is divided over three days in 1.5 hour afternoon blocks and will begins (day 1) with a general overview of relevant numerical methods, instructions on how to use ASPECT and best practices for modeling complex, non-linear solid Earth deformation. After the introduction, participants will complete a hands-on exercise that examines lithospheric extension. The second component (day 2) of the session will focus on the theory of modeling two-phase flow and a hands-on exercise for melt generation and migration during mid-ocean ridge spreading. The tutorial will conclude (day 3) with a discussion of ASPECT's capabilities and future development. Participants are strongly encouraged to come prepared with specific ideas for models they want to set up in ASPECT. No prior modeling experience is required and all interested student, faculty, professional research and industry attendees are encouraged to apply.

Capacity is limited to 25 on a first come, first serve basis for the hands on portion.  We encourage other users to come to office hours (TBD) for help on their research problems.

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Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with the ASPECT tutorial virtualbox preloaded.  Instructions can be found on the ASPECT wiki

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Registered Participants (25/25) FULL

Neta Bar, Yale University
Claire Currie, University of Alberta
Cynthia Ebinger, Tulane University
Hadi Ghofrani, Western University
Joshua Guerrero, Univeristy of Toronto
Erkan Gün, University of Toronto
Kirstie Haynie, University at Buffalo, SUNY
William Holt, Stony Brook University
Adam Holt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Margarete Jadamec, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Ludovic Jeanniot, Utrecht University
Louise Kellogg, UC Davis
Sean Langemeyer, University of Toronto
Liting Liu, University of Saskatchewan
Xiaowen Liu, University of Alberta
Julian Lowman, University of Toronto
Laurent Montesi, University of Maryland
Robert Moucha, Syracuse University
Tasca Santimano, University of Toronto
Andrew Schaeffer, University of Ottawa
Joe Schools University of Maryland
Weisen Shen, Stony Brook University
Cedric Thieulot, Utrecht University
Jolante Van Wijk, New Mexico Tech
Tai-Chieh Yu, University of Alberta

Waiting List 

Siobhan Campbell, Syracuse University
Oguz Gogus, Istanbul Technical University
Claire Perry, NRCan
Garrett Ito, University of Hawaii
Patcharaporn Maneerat, University of California Berkeley
Pierre-Michel Rouleau, Memorial University of Newfoundland

last updated 7 June 2018

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