The 2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute on Rift Initiation and Evolution takes place Feb. 7-11 at the Hotel Albuquerque. Hosted by the Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) and The University of New Mexico, the conference is designed to summarize progress and recent scientific advances related to the Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) initiative and to identify high-priority science for GeoPRISMS efforts.

A broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international research communities, including graduate students and early career scientists, who are interested in the initiation and evolution of rifts, will attend the conference, which opens on Feb. 7 with a student and postdoc symposium.

As part of the symposium, students will present one-minute, slide popups and present posters related to rift initiation and evolution. Session talks, covering a variety of topics and presented by researchers from across the country, will be held each day beginning Feb. 8.

Topics include:

  • rift evolution from initiation to post rift architecture
  • geodynamics
  • magmatism
  • volcanism and volatile exchanges
  • surface processes and feedbacks with rifting
  • hazards associated with rifts and rifted margins

The conference is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. The GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) Program investigates the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management.

The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the decade 2011-2020, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective.

These overarching science topics include: 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 4) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies.

For a detailed conference agenda, visit 2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute on Rift Initiation and Evolution.

For more information on the program, visit GeoPRISMS