SC5.3 | Tectonics 101: Analogue Modelling
Tectonics 101: Analogue Modelling
Co-organized by G7/GD11/TS9
Convener: Frank Zwaan | Co-conveners: Ágnes Király, Michael Rudolf, Riccardo Reitano
Wed, 17 Apr, 18:15–20:05 (CEST)
Room 1.15/16
Wed, 18:15
During this short course we will introduce the participants to the principles and application of analogue models in interpreting tectonic systems.

Tectonic processes act at different spatial and temporal scales. What we observe today in the field or via direct and indirect measurement is often just a snapshot of processes that stretch over hundreds or thousands of km, and take millions of years to unfold. Thus, it is challenging for researchers to interpret and recontrust the dynamic evolution of tectonic systems. Analogue modeling provides a tool to overcome this limitation, allowing for the physical reproduction of tectonic processes on practical temporal and spatial scales (Myr → hrs, km → cm/m). Of course, the reliability of analogue models is a function of the assumptions and simplifications involved, but still their usefulness in interpreting data is outstanding.

In this course we will go through the following outline:
- History of Analogue Modelling
- Model setups and Materials
- Model scaling
- Monitoring Techniques
- Interpreting Model Results
- Interactive Demonstration: Running a Model
- Q&A

The final aim of this short course will be to present analogue modeling as a valid technique to be applied side by side with observations and data from the real world to improve our interpretation of the evolution of natural tectonic systems. We also intend to inspire the course participants to develop and run their own analogue tectonic modeling projects, and to provide them with the basic skills, as well as directions to find the additional resources and knowledge required to do so.

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