[unav_all] IODP workshop on slow slip events: 1-5 August 2011

Laura Wallace L.Wallace at gns.cri.nz
Mon Mar 14 17:21:03 MDT 2011


ANNOUNCEMENT FOR AN UPCOMING IODP WORKSHOP: 

USING OCEAN DRILLING TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF SLOW SLIP EVENTS
1-5 August 2011, in Gisborne, New Zealand
Workshop sponsored by IODP, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and the 
New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation

Deadline to submit an application to attend is 15 April 2011

Workshop Motivation and Description:
Slow slip events (SSEs) are a new class of shear slip found at subduction 
margins around the globe that have revealed the broad spectrum of fault 
slip behaviour. The relatively close proximity of SSEs to the seafloor in 
New Zealand, central Japan, and Costa Rica indicates that ocean drilling 
studies can play an important role in revealing the physical processes 
behind SSE occurrence. In some cases (such as in New Zealand) direct 
sampling of the SSE source area may be possible. While the science is 
exciting, the practical issues of addressing transient slip behaviour in 
deep settings such as subduction zones are challenging, and will require 
extensive discussion, planning, and debate to develop the science and 
technology for achieving it. This workshop is intended to move ahead with 
this exciting challenge and facilitate discussion among the scientific 
community on ways to use ocean drilling to elucidate the processes behind 
slow slip event occurrence. 

Apply to attend the workshop
We encourage applicants with interests in subduction margin tectonics, 
fault mechanics, SSE processes, seismology, marine geophysics, 
hydrogeology, geodesy, geochemistry, ocean drilling, and submarine 
observatory instrumentation. We also encourage graduate students and early 
career scientists to apply. Travel and accommodation support will be 
provided to successful applicants, depending on demand and availability. 
For further information and to apply to attend the workshop, please go to 
http://www.gns.cri.nz/slowslip. Application deadline is 15 April 2011.

Workshop steering committee: Laura Wallace (co-chair; GNS Science, New 
Zealand), Eli Silver (co-chair; Univ.California-Santa Cruz), Nathan Bangs 
(co-chair; University of Texas, Institute for Geophysics), Rebecca Bell 
(Imperial College, London), Stuart Henrys (GNS Science, New Zealand), 
Joshu Mountjoy (NIWA, New Zealand), Ingo Pecher (GNS Science, New Zealand)
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