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Analogue and numerical modeling of tectonic processes (co-organized)
Convener: Marcel Frehner  | Co-Conveners: Fabio Corbi , Max Peters 
 / Thu, 21 Apr, 13:30–15:00

Geologic processes are generally too slow, too rare, or too deep to be observed in-situ and to be monitored with a resolution high enough to understand their dynamics. Therefore, analogue experiments and numerical simulation have become an integral part of the Earth explorer's toolbox to select, formulate, and test hypotheses on the origin and evolution of geologic phenomena.

To some extent, experimental and computer simulations using analogue and numerical models, respectively, have evolved independently, often without much interaction of the respective communities. Therefore, we intend to foster synergies between experimentalists and modellers from various fields of geologic research including tectonics, structural geology, and rock mechanics, but also volcanology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, by providing a multi-disciplinary platform to present their research. Modelling methods may include spatially “discrete” methods, such as sandbox and discrete-element modelling, “continuous” methods, such as wax models and numerical finite-element and finite-difference models, as well as analytical techniques.

We invite contributions demonstrating the state-of-the-art in analogue and numerical modelling on a variety of spatial and temporal scales, from earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions to brittle-ductile faulting, plate tectonics, and landscape evolution. We welcome especially those presentations that try to highlight strengths, challenge the limits, or compare/combine the different modelling methods in order to realistically simulate and better understand the Earth's behaviour.