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Beyond the case study: Concepts in Earth Sciences (co-organized)
Convener: Michael Dietze  | Co-Conveners: Kevin Norton , Margret Fuchs , Jacky Croke 
 / Tue, 19 Apr, 10:30–12:00
 / Attendance Tue, 19 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Research in any field of Earth sciences (and beyond) requires a conceptual framework underpinning the actual set of case studies. Development of concepts essentially determines the set of methods applied and, accordingly, the potentials and limitations of generated data as well as their interpretation. Hence, conceptual and methodological considerations go both prior to and beyond case studies and ask for tools from various fields such as scale transfer approaches, feedbacks between triggers and processes, evolution of complexity and non-linearity, inversion of landforms/deposits to processes and vice versa. In particular, the conceptual presence or absence of processes that can lead to tipping points seem to be at odds with some other conceptual approaches.

This session aims to bring together those with an interest in the relationships between observation and interpretation and the limitations that they may introduce into our work. In this overarching session we welcome contributions from any field of Earth surface research that focus on conceptual topics, may it be presentations of new techniques, methodological advances, (re-)evaluations of established paradigms or comparisons of apparently contradicting opinions.

We are delighted to see Jane Willenbring spearheading the topic.