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A workshop for the analog modeling community.


Simulating tectonic processes since 1815.

Analog Modeling of Tectonic Processes
May 13-15 Amherst, Massachusetts

Workshop Goals

Experiments with scaled analogs for crustal materials provide a powerful approach for understanding crustal deformation because we can quantitatively document deformation under controlled conditions. Recent advances in rheologic measurement and data acquisition are revolutionizing analog modeling methodologies and providing insights into tectonic processes. 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together the tectonic analog modeling community to discuss exciting innovations in analog modeling research, authentic science curriculum materials and future directions for analog modeling.   This community includes analog experimentalists, students, instructors who use analog models in their classrooms and researchers who are interested in comparing their observations to analog experiment results.

The workshop will include research presentations as well as hands-on experimentation and data analysis.  The format of the workshop will allow analog modelers to get 'under the hood' and learn from each other. Discussion topics will include pixel tracking software, rheologic measurements, innovative materials, force data collection and data archiving.

Featured speakers

Featured presentations on a variety of tectonic processes at a wide range of crustal scales include:

Travel Support

Financial support for travel, housing and meals is limited to 30 participants by application due March 31, 2015.  Preference for support (partial or full) will be given to students, post-docs, early career scientists, those from under-represented groups and participants who present research (analog or not) at the workshop and participants who submit analog modeling curriculum materials to the SERC database prior to the workshop.