2010, Sept. 26 - Oct. 1: 18th ISC 2010

18th International Sedimentological Congress (26.09. - 01.10.2010)
Sedimentology at the Foot of the Andes, Mendoza, Argentinia

 

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For further information contact Dr. Anneleen Foubert (anneleen.foubert@ees.kuleuven.be) or conference homepage (http://www.isc2010.com.ar/).

2010, Feb. 16-17: Ocean School 010, Oostende, Belgium

"Education at Sea – Education for the Sea"

Oostende, VLIZ, February 16-17, 2010

 

The Committee of Oceanology of RASAB, in cooperation with the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), organizes on February 16th and 17th a workshop “Ocean School 010” which will address these questions, and to which you are cordially invited to contribute.

The workshop sessions will take the form of round tables, with short introductory statements and open discussions.

Messages from the “Ocean School 010” workshop will be conveyed to the IOC-UNESCO International conference “50 Years of Education and Awareness Raising for Shaping the Future of the Oceans and Coasts” (April 27-30, 2010, St. Petersburg), to the EurOcean 2010 Conference (Ostend) and to various concerned European and international programmes. The messages from the stakeholders and Industry will be conveyed to the master programme co-ordinators, for further attention.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Pierre Henriet (jeanpierre.henriet@ugent.be)

Jan Seys (jan.seys@vliz.be).

2010, June 16-18: Deep-Water Circulation: Processes & Products

The International Congress "Deep-water Circulation: Processes & Products" is being organized in Baiona (Pontevedra, Spain) on 16, 17 and 18 June, 2010. Principal topics to cover will be:

 

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  • Geostrophic/thermohaline circulation and bottom currents
  • Modern contourite deposits
  • Ancient contourite examples
  • Impact of global hydrological events on the deep sedimentation
  • Internal-waves and internal-tide deposits
  • Palaeoceanographic significance
  • Slope stability significance
  • Relationship between deep-water circulation and gravity flows
  • Numerical and physical modelling of processes
  • Environmental, tectonic, other controlling factors on process and deposits
  • Innovation and new technologies and methods
  • Driver of deep-water ecosystems
  • Economic importance: fishing, mineral (Fe-Mn nodules, crusts) & energy (oil, gas, shallow gas, hydrates, etc) resources.

 

You are cordially invited to participate in this exciting congress. The organizing committee aims to provide a scientifically stimulating and socially enjoyable forum to meet and discuss results and ideas related to the conference theme. The meeting should be of interest to both academic and industrial participants, and although it is focused on Deep Water Circulation: Processes & Products, the congress is open to discussion of shallow water and even lacustrine drifts. More detail information at http://www.facultadeccdomar.es/contourites.

2009, Dec. 2-6: First IGCP 580 Meeting

 

The first IGCP 580 meeting will be held at Liège University Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 of December 2009 (plus a fieldtrip day (4/12) and a training day (5-6/12)).

 

LOGO_IGCPContribution to every topic related to the application of magnetic susceptibility in paleoenvironmental studies are welcome.

 

During the meeting,
  • a training will be offered by Brooks Ellwood, Xavier Devleeschouwer and Simo Sassov (see training)
  • a field trip in the Devonian on Belgium will be lead by Frederic Boulvain and Anne-Christine da Silva (see field trip)

 

If you are interested by the meeting and if you want to receive the meeting circular, you can send an email to Anne-Christine da Silva (ac.dasilva@ulg.ac.be) or have a look to the project's website at http://www2.ulg.ac.be/geolsed/MS/news.htm.

 

2010, May 2-7: EGU General Assembly, Vienna

 

EGU Session:
European Collaboration for implementation of Marine Research on Cores (ESF EUROCORES Programmes)

 

Convener: Jean-Pierre Henriet
Co-Conveners: Gert de Lange, Gilbert Camoin, Shane Murphy

 

Scientific marine drilling and coring from the sub-seafloor is crucial to progress in the Earth and environmental sciences because the oceans ultimately regulate climate; cover sites of fundamental geodynamic, geochemical and biological processes; and preserve high-resolution records of the Earth history.
EUROCORE programmes such as EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and EuroDIVERSITY support coring activities in marine areas, and the scientific interpretation of their results. These programmes aim at enhancing the benefit from already established funding groups and research communities like, for example, the International Marine Past Global Change Study (IMAGES) and the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), which is a contributing member of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP).
This session invites scientific contributions which illustrate the relevance of ocean coring data to investigate the ocean climate and dynamics, the ocean biogeochemistry and the carbon cycle, the deep biosphere, gas hydrates, ocean ridge processes, and ocean seismic arrays. In particular, this session offers an overview of the EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and MiCROSYSTEMS scientific activities and aims to illustrate the use of marine coring to perform innovative and societal-relevant science. The session is open to all EuroMARC, EuroDEEP and MiCROSYSTEMS participants but also to participants of similar marine studies.

 

Thanks for your contribute! Looking forward seeing you there!

2009, Sept. 23-25: IODP New Venture in Exploring Scientific Targets, Bremen

 

INVEST Conference

(IODP New Venture in Exploring Scientific Targets)White-Paper

 

University of Bremen, Germany, 23.–25.09.2009

 

INVEST is being organized as a large, multidisciplinary, international community meeting, whose focus is to define the scientific research goals of a new ocean drilling program, expected to replace IODP late in 2013.
Delegates from CoCaRDE participated to identify important targets for future drilling like cold-water and tropical carbonate factories, carbonate mounds and poorly sampled ecosystems. The Oviedo Declaration, our White Paper on Carbonate Mound Drilling, summarizes our interest.

 

Further details on INVEST Conference incl. programme: INVEST homepage

 

 

2007, April 26-29: Exploring Escarpment Mud Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes, Murten, Switzerland

ESF Programme: Workshops on Marine Research Drilling (Magellan Workshop Series)

 

Exploring Escarpment Mud Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes with new European strategies for sustainable mid-depth coring


Murten, Switzerland, 26-29 April 2007

 

group_pic_murten1A fundamental and unanswered question facing Earth and life scientists today is, what is the relation between hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere?
The geological setting of Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes provides a unique natural laboratory for studying and understanding the exciting and constructive interplay between carbonates, geofluids, biodiversity and deep biosphere and to investigate whether there is a causal link between mud volcanoes and mud mounds formation.
The Magellan Workshop sponsored by the European Science Foundation and entitled “Exploring Escarpment Mud Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes with new European strategies for sustainable mid-depth coring” was held in Murten, Switzerland, 26-29 April, 2007. The workshop gathered 19 scientists and members of
  1. two large IODP Proposals: 689 (Mud volcanoes as a window into the deep biosphere) and 673 (Atlantic Mound Drilling 2: Morocco Margin),
  2. of two ongoing ESF EUROCORES projects (MiCROSYSTEMS and CARBONATE) and
  3. of the EU-FP6 Integrated Project HERMES.
These scientists, representing a wide spectrum of disciplines e.g., geophysics, sedimentology, paleoceanography, geomicrobiology joined with the aim to discuss the best strategies to study these two important geological settings.
The workshop had been designed to merge:
  1. discussion on innovating technology, which addresses the new challenges of site surveying and coring in sensitive areas of shallow exploratory drilling and of lander deployments, with
  2. multidisciplinary science, boosting the synergy between respectively a palaeoceanography research community and a Deep Biosphere cluster and
  3. to present and discuss the capability of Europe’s most promising and innovative tool for ocean margin exploratory drilling: the Remotely Controlled Sea-Floor Drill Rig “MeBo” (Meeresboden-Bohrgerät) developed at the University of Bremen (MARUM) to address the target objectives, in absence of highly performing drilling tools as IODP drilling platforms.

 

Meeting participants


1. Katja von Allmen Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
2. Menchu Comas CSIC and University of Granada, Spain
3. Davy Depreiter Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
4. Christian Dullo Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
5. Anneleen Foubert Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
6. Tim Freudenthal University of Bremen, MARUM, Germany
7. Giordana Gennari Organisation   
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
8. Dierk Hebbeln University of Bremen, MARUM, Germany
9. Jean-Pierre Henriet Convenor Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
10. Kay Mangelsdorf GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany
11. Stephan Margreth Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
12. Judith A. McKenzie ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
13. Rory O'Donnel University College Cork, Ireland
14. Luis Menezes Pinheiro Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
15. Hans Pirlet Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
16. Andres Rüggeberg Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
17. Silvia Spezzaferri Convenor University of Fribourg, Switzerland
18. Mieke Thierens University College Cork, Ireland
19. 
Crisogono Vasconcelos  
ETH-Zürich, Switzerland

2008, Jan. 17-18: Cold-water Coral Ecosystems in a Changing World, Ghent, Belgium

FP7 Preparatory Workshop on Cold-Water Corals and Carbonate Mounds

 

1998-2008: 10 years of EC-supported cold-water coral and mound research
Cold-water Coral Ecosystems in a Changing World

Gent, Belgium, 17-18 January 2008

 

The scientific community present at the Ghent meeting identified the study of the functioning of coral geo-ecosystems in terms of the interaction between multiple biological capacities of different species as some of the most prominent research challenges to be addressed in order to better understand the formation of large cold water coral reefs, the maintenance of their biodiversity and their reaction to climate change.

Within the proposed cross-cutting themes major issues for coral ecosystems address:

 

  • Biological capacity of marine organisms
  • Ecosystem distribution and interconnection
  • Biodiversity supporting ecosystem function

The most suitable approach to address these topics involves an integrated combination of ecosystem modelling, mesocosm coral community experiments, molecular microbiology, (in-situ) habitat mapping and environmental studies. The key elements to achieve this study are:
  1. a better knowledge of the cold-water coral life cycle through studies of coral larvae studies (that are crucial to dispersal and interconnectivity);
  2. barcoding and population genetics of the corals and associated species (quantifying gene flow);
  3. strengthening the knowledge base, (where possible) quantifying and modelling, of the spatially and temporally variable link between environmental conditions (oceanography, nutrient supply, sediment supply) and coral reef growth;
  4. investigating and modelling the biological capacities of the cold-water coral reef framework itself, especially its provision of settling space, refuges for associated species, as well as the capacities of associated fauna (secondary production, bio-erosion);
  5. assessing microbial diversity and its contributions to nutrient fluxes and diagenetic processes

These key elements are intricately interconnected in space and time and involve very different types of organisms such as macrofauna and microbes. Their presence and (inter)action take place in the living coral zone and the different layers of coarse and fine coral rubble underneath. This kind of integration will advance our comprehension of (i) the present-day cold-water coral ecosystem biodiversity, (ii) the basic functioning of a cold-water coral ecosystem, (iii) the bio-geological past of these complex systems, (iv) the response of biodiversity-biological capacity relations to perturbations such as (a) future environmental change and (b) anthropogenic impacts.

2009, Jan. 21-24: COCARDE Workshop, Fribourg, Switzerland

ESF Programme: Workshops on Marine Research Drilling (Magellan Workshop Series)

 

COld-water CArbonate Reservoir systems in Deep Environments (COCARDE)
A Pilot Industry-Academia Partnership in Marine Research Drilling

Fribourg, Switzerland, 21-24 January 2009

 

group_pic_fribourg-3A fundamental and unanswered question facing Earth and life scientists today is, what is the relation between hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere?
The geological setting of Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes provides a unique natural laboratory for studying and understanding the exciting and constructive interplay between carbonates, geofluids, biodiversity and deep biosphere and to investigate whether there is a causal link between mud volcanoes and mud mounds formation.

The Magellan Workshop sponsored by the European Science Foundation and entitled “Exploring Escarpment Mud Mound Systems and Mud Volcanoes with new European strategies for sustainable mid-depth coring” was held in Murten, Switzerland, 26-29 April, 2007. The workshop gathered 19 scientists and members of

 

  • two large IODP Proposals: 689 (Mud volcanoes as a window into the deep biosphere) and 673 (Atlantic Mound Drilling 2: Morocco Margin),
  • of two ongoing ESF EUROCORES projects (MiCROSYSTEMS and CARBONATE) and
  • of the EU-FP6 Integrated Project HERMES.

These scientists, representing a wide spectrum of disciplines e.g., geophysics, sedimentology, paleoceanography, geomicrobiology joined with the aim to discuss the best strategies to study these two important geological settings.
The workshop had been designed to merge:
  1. discussion on innovating technology, which addresses the new challenges of site surveying and coring in sensitive areas of shallow exploratory drilling and of lander deployments, with
  2. multidisciplinary science, boosting the synergy between respectively a palaeoceanography research community and a Deep Biosphere cluster and
  3. to present and discuss the capability of Europe’s most promising and innovative tool for ocean margin exploratory drilling: the Remotely Controlled Sea-Floor Drill Rig “MeBo” (Meeresboden-Bohrgerät) developed at the University of Bremen (MARUM) to address the target objectives, in absence of highly performing drilling tools as IODP drilling platforms.
Meeting participants
1. Daniel Ariztegui
University of Geneva, Switzerland
2. Roberto Barbieri University of Bologna, Italy
3. Driss Chafiki Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
4. Menchu Comas CSIC and University of Granada, Spain
5. Christian Dullo Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
6. Lies De Mol Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
7. Anneleen Foubert University of Leuven, Belgium
8. Tim Freudenthal Convenor University of Bremen, MARUM, Germany
9. Giordana Gennari Organisation   
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
10. Naima Hamoumi Mohamed V University Rabat-Agdal, Morocco
11. Jean-Pierre Henriet
Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
12. Veerle Huvenne National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Great Britain
13. David Jaramillo Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
14. Cees van der Land Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
15. Stephanie Larmagnat University of Laval, Canada
16. Kay Mangelsdorf GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany
17. Stephan Margreth Organisation University of Fribourg, Switzerland
18. Judith A. McKenzie ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
19. Furu Mienis Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
20. Jan Pawlowski University of Geneva, Switzerland
21. Luis Menezes Pinheiro Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
22. Hans Pirlet Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
23. Merouane Rachidi University of Laval, Canada
24. Jacek Raddatz Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
25. Andres Rüggeberg Convenor Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Germany
26. Elias Samankassou University of Geneva, Switzerland
27. Silvia Spezzaferri Convenor University of Fribourg, Switzerland
28. Alina Stadniskaia
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
29. Andre Strasser University of Fribourg, Switzerland
30. Stefanie Templer ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
31. Jürgen Titschack University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
32. David Van Rooij Convenor Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Gent University, Belgium
33. Laura Wehrmann Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
34. 
Andrew Wheeler
University College Cork, Ireland

2009, Sept. 16-20: Carbonate Mounds in Shallow and Deep Time, Oviedo, Spain

 

A MiCROSYSTEMS - COCARDE - CHECREEF Workshop and Field Seminar

 

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Carbonate Mounds in Shallow and Deep Time

 

Oviedo, Spain, 16-20 September 2009

 

COCARDE (Cold Water Carbonate Reservoir Systems in Deep Environment) is an international network that endeavours to build bridges between

1) the academic community which boosted the study of subrecent carbonate mounds in midslope environments in the present ocean, in particular through a decade of European research programmes,
2) the academic community which for decades has investigated the world of fossil mounds, spanning the whole Phanerozoic times,
3) the industrial community which is confronted with fossil mound reservoirs and, in recent times, increasingly faces deep water reservoir systems of mixed carbonate and siliciclastic nature,
4) youth, which through the fascination of the ocean processes at the interface between Life and Earth Sciences, moves into stimulating multidisciplinary studies and – by the same token – gets a perspective of exciting careers in Science and Industry.
    A basic rationale of COCARDE is the confrontation of subrecent mounds – which show up as true natural labs and windows on both mound players and environmental controls through observation and experimentation – with more ancient mound systems.
    IODP Expedition 307 on Challenger Mound (2005) was immediately preceded by a workshop (Dublin) and field seminars on Devonian mounds in Belgium (F. Boulvain) and Carboniferous (Waulsortian) mounds north of Dublin (Feltrim Quarry). In 2006, with the support of IOC-UNESCO and the Flanders Government, a field seminar was organized in Erfoud, Morocco, to assess the Ordovician mounds and the Devonian Kess-Kess mounds.
    The present field seminar focuses on mounds from the Carboniferous platform of Asturias and Cantabria, maybe already more visited by industrial researchers than by academic ones. The Asturias-Cantabria platform system is famous for microbial carbonates: the right place for the MiCROSYSTEMS teams, studying microbial diversity and functionality in cold water coral ecosystems, associated with carbonate mounds.
    The field seminar is preceded by a compact workshop, meant to convey highlights of ongoing research from one community to the other, to set the scene of the field seminars and to trigger and fuel the field discussions.

     

    A report of the Oviedo Workshop and Field Seminar is available here (Report, Appendix 1, Oviedo Declaration).

     

    Meeting participants

    1. Juan Bahamonde Convenor   
    University of Oviedo, Spain
    2. Valentina Blinova MSU Moscow, Russia
    3. Anne-Christine da Silva University of Liège
    4. Anneleen Foubert K.U. Leuven, Belgium
    5. Giordana Gennari University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    6. Giancarlo Ghilardi Univesity of Geneva, Switzerland
    7. Mohamed El Amine Hazim  
    University of Rabat
    8. Jean-Pierre Henriet Convenor
    RCMG, Gent University
    9. Philippe Lapointe Total, Exxon Mobil, NCOC Houston
    10. Stephanie Larmagnat University of Laval, Canada
    11. Oscar A. Merino-Tomé Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, León, Spain
    12. Hans Pirlet RCMG, Gent University, Belgium
    13. Andres Rüggeberg RCMG, Gent University, Belgium
    14. Elias Samankassou Convenor University of Geneva, Switzerland
    15. Silvia Spezzaferri University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    16. Alexei Suzyumov UNESCO, Paris, France
    17. Elisa Villa University of Oviedo, Spain
    18. Thomas Wöhrl Potsdam, Germany
    19. 
    Yu Zhang LabMET Ghent, Belgium

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