MCS Webinars

MCS - CIG - CSDMS Webinar Series on 
The Role of Computational Geoscience in the Predictive Assessment of Plate Boundary Systems and Hazards

January 2021


Computational geoscience plays a fundamental role in understanding the multi-physics, multi-scale problems inherent in plate boundary systems. There are a range of challenges involved, from uncertainties about the fundamental governing relationships to the implementation of solution strategies on supercomputers. MCS-RCN, CIG, and CSDMS team up for this January 2021 webinar series, highlighting a group of outstanding speakers. They will discuss two worked examples that illustrate some of the pathways of how high-performance computing can be used to make headway on challenging problems in solid Earth geoscience. 


Each of our two webinar short series includes three presentations, covering background and introduction, theoretical and computational challenges, and science insights, respectively. Each webinar consists of a 40 min presentation and 20 min for discussion. 


We hope this format will serve to foster community-wide discussion about the science problems, and how computational geoscience can play a role in future science, education, and infrastructure-driven activities. The two series will be held January 12-14, 2021, on A) Induced Seismicity and Fault System Dynamics, and January 19-21, 2021, on B) Surface Processes and Tectonics, with details and sign up links below. 

You can register here for Series A and Series B. You must register independently for Series A and Series B.

Jan 12, 13, & 14

11a-12p PST

(each day)

You must register separately for Series A and Series B.

Induced seismicity and fault system dynamics (Series A)


Jan 12: Induced Seismicity; A multidisciplinary issue spanning the energy sector - James H. Dieterich (UCR), introduction by Kayla A. Kroll (LLNL)

Jan 13: Modeling Induced Seismicity in the HPC-era - Joshua A. White and Kayla A. Kroll (LLNL)

Jan 14: The Future of Induced Seismicity with Exascale Computing - Kayla A. Kroll and Joshua A. White (LLNL)


each session followed by a Q&A

Jan 19, 20, & 21

9-10a PST

(each day)

You must register separately for Series A and Series B.

Quantifying the Links Between Surface Processes and Tectonics (Series B)


Jan 19: Cyberinfrastructure for modeling surface processes across scales - Nicole Gasparini (Tulane) and Greg Tucker (CUB)

Jan 20: How coupled tectonics and surface processes shape extensional plate boundaries - Susanne Buiter (RWTH Aachen)

Jan 21: Testing surface process models with numerical experiments: examples from landscape evolution and debris-flow inundation - Katy Barnhart (USGS Landslide Hazards Program)


each session followed by a Q&A

Past Webinars

January 2021 - The Role of Computational Geoscience in the Predictive Assessment of Plate Boundary Systems and Hazards

Series A - Day 1: James Dieterich & Kayla Kroll

Series A - Day 2: Josh White & Kayla Kroll

Series A - Day 3: Josh White, Kayla Kroll, & James Dieterich

Fall 2020 - Volcanic Eruption Plumes Series

Sep 15, 2020: Joe Dufek & Antonio Costa

Sep 17, 2020: Costanza Bonadonna & Larry Mastin

Spring 2020 - Interdisciplinary Collaborations Series

Apr 7, 2020: Phaedra Upton & Greg Tucker

Mar 31, 2020: Erin Wirth & Alex Grant

Mar 4, 2020: Andy Freed & Greg Hirth

Jan 21, 2020: Lapo Boschi & Thorsten Becker

Series B - Day 1: Nicole Gasparini & Greg Tucker

Series B - Day 2: Susanne Buiter

Series B - Day 3: Katy Barnhart

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