PICO session (http://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/essi/2017/07/26/pico-in-the-picture/)
Upscaling results obtained in laboratory and field experiments to crustal/Deep Earth-scales or downscaling the application of geophysical techniques to a laboratory remains an ongoing challenge in the Earth Sciences. With developments of new higher speed and resolution imaging techniques a range of geological fields are seeing the benefits in increased resolutions and faster processing speeds, as well as the ability to image increasingly complex deformation features across a range of scales. Multidimensional and time-lapse studies are transforming our understanding of dynamic processes across the fields of science. The ability to characterize a process rather than just a sample allows revealing the mechanisms and capturing the transient stages of the process.
This is a cross disciplinary session that aims to attract work from a range of divisions, e.g. aqueous geochemistry, soil science, hydrological science, energy resources and the environment. We invite contributions from studies of a variety of dynamic processes including geo(bio)chemical and geomechanical. Such an approach has the great benefit that added value naturally arises when scientists from different disciplines transfer, and verify, new theories and techniques using laboratory rock physics as a tool.
1) Imaging techniques, either already used in experimental rock mechanics and successfully implemented, or taken from other research fields to monitor rock deformation and physical quantities at laboratory scale. Including Experimental work using multidimensional characterisation techniques that use penetrating radiation, e.g. X-ray or neutrons, to study the evolution of porous media, e.g. tomography, scattering and diffraction.
2) Designs of geophysical experiments that have been planned on the basis of laboratory experiments.
3) The contribution of laboratory experiments to the understanding of large-scale geological features in volcanic/ crustal / Deep Earth environments.
4) New attempts and techniques related to upscaling rock-physics results to reproduce large-scale geophysical phenomena.
5) Novel contributions where laboratory experiments validate Earth-related theories or unveil new physical phenomena at a different scale.
6) Numerical simulations based on new conceptual models, phenomenological laws or machine learning that describe dynamic processes from molecular to macroscale. We look forward to new studies that contribute to understanding the essential links between rates, time and the properties of the pore structure.
7) Combination of experiments, numerical simulations and field observations