Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2004 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2004
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Geological modelling (analogue and numerical) is increasingly
becoming a strategic tool in studies of the Earth, influencing scientific,
technical and economic decision-making. Accurate predictions of
geological processes require a multiscale and multidisciplinary
understanding of the Earth, obtained through a combination of
measurements, theory and interpretation. In this context, analogue and
numerical modelling can provide complementary insights in the evolution of
geological processes.

The GeoMod2004 conference is unique in its aim of bringing
together researchers from universities and industry who deal with analogue
and/or numerical models. We particularly encourage contributions in which
modelling predictions are tested against real-world case studies, or
compared with results from other model studies.

The meeting, a follow-up of the successful RealMod2002, will offer
the opportunity to present and discuss the latest research results,
including, but not limited to: new numerical modelling techniques,
advanced analogue models, integration of analogue and numerical
approaches, rock mechanics, complex 3D model building and visualisation,
risk quantification and evaluation, model accuracy and geological


We envisage the following topics to play a major role during GeoMod2004:

1. Surface Processes

Landscape evolution, erosion, interaction with tectonics, relief
dynamics, sedimentary deltas

2. Orogenesis

Accretionary wedges, kinematics and dynamics of thrusting, subduction
and collision, UHP exhumation

3. Basin Studies

• Sedimentary Basins: foreland basins, extensional basins, salt
tectonics, hydrocarbon maturation and migration, basin inversion

• Fractures, Faults and Fluid Flow: fracturing and faulting, faults as fluid
pathways and traps

4. Geological Predictions

The prediction of geological observables as, for example, P-T-t paths,
faults and stratigraphy. Accuracy and quality of geological predictions.
How can our predictions influence the way geological information is

5. Methods and Techniques

Recent developments. How can we estimate the adequacy of our
models? How can multiscale phenomena be managed? The inversion
of Earth Science data to constrain models.


Three days will be devoted to plenary lectures and poster sessions. Invited
speakers will present state-of-the-art model studies and identify future
developments in their disciplines. Ample time will be allotted to poster
presentations. The number of participants is limited to 150.


The conference will be held in Emmetten, beautifully located above the
shores of Lake Lucerne and surrounded by magnificent Alpine scenery.
Accommodation is on the same premises as the conference center, thus
providing an ideal opportunity for informal discussions and meetings.
Website of the hotel: www.hotelseeblick.ch


Tuesday afternoon (June 8, 2004) will be dedicated to a modelling
workshop. Analogue modelling labs are invited to participate in a
comparison of model techniques and results of one particular model set-up
(analogue benchmark). Labs from Amsterdam, Bern, Parma, Potsdam,
Rennes, Rome, Toronto and Uppsala have already expressed their interest
in participating. We also aim at a comparison of the analogue results to
those from numerical models. Numerical modellers are invited to try their
code on the same set-up. Details regarding the model set-up will be
published on the GeoMod2004 website.


On the Saturday following the conference (June 12, 2004) we offer the
opportunity to see real rocks:

1. A comprehensive traverse through the Central Alps led by Adrian
Pfiffner (University of Bern, Switzerland)

2. The pre- to post-rift tectonics of the Lombardian rift basin in the South
Alps led by Giovanni Bertotti (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The


Participants are invited to present extended abstracts of their contributions
which will be published in a special issue of an international journal.
Abstract deadline will be January 31, 2004.


Pre-register on-line to receive the second circular, which will appear in
December 2003. Pre-registration deadline is November 1, 2003. Please
give (1) Full name and contact address, (2) Provisional title of contribution,
(3) (tentative) Attendance of pre-conference workshop and postconference

Website: http://www.ogs.trieste.it/GeoMod/


Atilla Aydin (Stanford University, USA)

Jean Braun (ANU, Canberra, Australia)

Jean-Pierre Brun (Géosciences Rennes, France)

Roger Buck (Lamont-Doherty, Palisades, USA)

Bernard Colletta (IFP, Rueil Malmaison, France)

Stephan Duppenbecker (BP Exploration, Sunbury-on-Thames, UK)

Claudio Faccenna (Università Roma Tre, Italy)

Onno Oncken (GFZ, Potsdam, Germany)

Adrian Pfiffner (University of Bern, Switzerland)


Giovanni Bertotti (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Susanne Buiter (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Paolo Ruffo (Eni E&P Division, Milan, Italy)

Guido Schreurs (University of Bern, Switzerland)


Angela Marchetto (EAGE-SEG Italian section)