I just received notification that a session proposal that a colleague and I submitted for the 2008 AGU meeting (Dec 15-19 in San Francisco, CA) was accepted. Booyah!
I have not chaired an AGU session before, so I am excited … I love the AGU meeting. I’m also excited about the topic. My background and experience is in the observation and interpretation of natural depositional systems. My colleague and co-chair is involved in designing and analyzing experimental depositional systems (similar to these). There is a lot to be learned by comparing and contrasting the approaches and results. We are hoping to get a good mix of researchers that are active in this field.
Here’s the session description from the AGU meeting website:
Natural and Experimental Depositional Landscapes and Stratigraphic Architecture: Bridging the Gap Between the Surface and Subsurface
This session aims to characterize net-depositional landscapes from natural systems and numerical/physical experiments in an effort to link surface form and process with the depositional record. Given the wide array of remote sensing techniques and available data sets, such as 3D seismic-reflection surveys, a primary objective is to discuss landscape evolution in both a forward and inverse sense. Forward-based research will focus on landscape geometry and kinematics with special emphasis on the linkages between the channel network structure, channel migration, and sediment routing, which are critical components for predicting the spatial distribution of deposition and erosion. Inverse-based research will focus on extracting time-integrated landscape evolution via the preserved depositional record (from subsurface and/or outcrop). Our hope is that overlap between forward and inverse methods, when layered on the broad range of spatial and temporal scales comprising the session, will provide a first step towards linking surface evolution under net-depositional conditions with patterns observed in the stratigraphic record.
If this is within your area of expertise, please consider submitting an abstract (deadline is September 10th, 2008). I will post another reminder next month.