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Geodynamo and Environmental Change: Interpreting Paleorecords through Rock Magnetism 

We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Rock Magnetism will be held at St John's College in Santa Fe, June 25-28, 1998. The conference, sponsored by the Institute for Rock Magnetism (University of Minnesota), with support from NSF, will feature a format promoting in-depth discussions centered on rock-magnetic aspects of the following two themes: (1) Critical observations and constraints for comparing paleomagnetic field records and numerical dynamo models; (2) Dynamics of environmental and climate change. Gary Glatzmaier and Frank Oldfield will keynote the respective sessions. The open discussion format will require us to restrict the number of participants to approximately 40, including students and senior researchers. Limited travel funds are available; preference will be given to students, post-docs and others with demonstrable need. To indicate your interest in participating, and to apply for travel funds, contact Mike Jackson by May 15th. 


Scientific Themes 

Critical Observations and Constraints for Comparing Paleomagnetic Field Records and Numerical Dynamo Models  

Numerical modeling of the geodynamo is reaching a critical threshold, where meaningful comparisons can begin to be made between modeled behavior and reconstructed behavior of the real field. Model behavior may suggest previously-unrecognized phenomena (e.g., inner-core super-rotation), or provide insight into unresolved observational issues (e.g., asymmetric sawtooth paleointensity variation, or preferred VGP reversal paths). What are the questions that we should be asking of the numerical models, and what should we be looking for in paleofield records? 

Dynamics of Environmental and Climate Change, and the Rock Magnetic Basis of Paleorecord Interpretation 

Magnetic measurements of sediment cores or stratigraphic sections can provide rapid and nondestructive high-resolution information on possible paleoclimate variation. However paleoclimatic interpretations of magnetic data remain model-dependent and nonunique, both in the inversion of magnetic measurements for quantification of mineralogy and grain size, and in linking variations in these sediment characteristics to specific climatic changes. Where do we go from here? 

Problems and Opportunities in Analysis of Long-Core Magnetometer Data and Low-Temperature Magnetometry 

These two types of data have attained a new prominence in the last few years, and the new capabilities they provide us for sample characterization are inevitably accompanied by new complexities in data processing, inversion, and interpretation. What is the state of the art, and where should we focus our efforts for further development? 



The Santa Fe Conference on Rock Magnetism features an open, informal, discussion-oriented format, and serial session arrangement (i.e., no concurrent sessions). Two keynote presentations, featuring speakers from outside of rock-/paleomagnetism or with broad interdisciplinary expertise, introduce the major conference themes, with an emphasis on large-scale context and opportunities for magnetic research to contribute to wider geoscience issues. Working sessions begin with a limited number of short invited talks, designed to set the stage for in-depth discussion. The emphasis is not on formal presentation of completed research; rather it is on recognition of present problems and opportunities for future progress. Approximately two hours are allotted for the post-presentation discussions, under the guidance of a session coordinator who initiates the process with a constructive critique. There is no formal scheduling of contributed presentations, but all conference participants are encouraged to be prepared to contribute to discussion of the major themes. 



Thursday, June25: 

afternoon: registration and room check-in 

evening: keynote lecture on geodynamo models (Gary Glatzmaier) 

Friday, June 26: 

morning: paleomagnetic constraints on dynamo behavior (KenHoffman, coordinator) 

afternoon: developments in basic rock magnetism: granulometry and composition (Horst Worm, coordinator) 

evening: long term plans for NSF Earth Science Division (Robin Reichlin) 

Saturday, June 27: 

morning: keynote lecture on paleoclimate variability and reconstruction (Frank Oldfield) 

afternoon: environmental magnetism (Richard Reynolds, coordinator) 

evening: free 

Sunday, June 28: 

morning: long-core magnetometer data (Ken Verosub, coordinator) 

                low-temperature magnetometry (Subir Banerjee, coordinater) 

noon: check-out and departure 


Abstract Submission 

There is no abstract submission or formal scheduling of contributed presentations, but all conference participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute to discussion of the major themes, and you may arm yourself with a few concise and pertinent overhead transparencies for that purpose. 


Venue, Accomodations and Travel 

All conference sessions are held at St. John's College in Santa Fe. Conference participants are encouraged to take advantage of the availability of on-campus lodging and dining, but are free to make other arrangements in town. 

On-campus lodging arrangements MUST be made through the Institute for Rock Magnetism, using the attached registration form. The cost per person for a double-occupancy room, all meals and fees is $209; a very limited number of single rooms will be available by request, for $245 total cost. Spouses or other accomanying guests who do not participate in the conference will be charged at the same rates. Conference participants who choose to make their own lodging arrangements off-campus will be charged a $15 campus-use fee. 

St John's College is about a one-hour drive from the Albuquerque airport. A commercial shuttle service ("Shuttle Jack," phone 505-243-3244) costs about $25 each way, and runs every couple hours from the airport to downtown Santa Fe. From there you can take a short cab ride to St John's (1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, phone 505-984-6001). Alternatively, you can coordinate with others coming to the conference to share a rental car. For more information click HERE! 


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