November 2014

AUGURY workshop @ Valflaunès – Nov 10-12

The first AUGURY workshop took place this fall in the region of Pic Saint Loup, in Valflaunès, France. Eleven people attended the workshop: Charitra Jain, Antoine Rozel and Paul Tackley from ETH Zurich, Kayla Maloney from EarthByte Sydney, Grace Shephard and Tobias Rolf from University of Olso and Léa Bello, Marie Bocher, Claire Mallard, Martina Ulvrova and Nicolas Coltice from LGL Lyon.

Group picture with Pic Saint Loup and Hortus in the back

Group picture with Pic Saint Loup and Hortus in the back

The workshop started with everyone presenting the work in progress on convection modeling, plate reconstructions and data assimilation for the Earth’s mantle. It made an interesting mix to select several topics that meet when it comes to reconstructing the 3D structure of the mantle and surface tectonics together.

Talk session

Presentation session on the first day.

With all the information of  a dense first day, we brainstormed to build smaller groups working on focused topics for the next two days. The ‘Laptop sessions’ took place in different rooms of Gîtes du chateau de Valflaunès, and the group is now set for new plans on free surface, continents in convection models, plate tectonics of convection models, grain size and a few other topics.

Laptop sessions on the next days

Laptop sessions on the next days

The three days offered the occasion of sharing informations, techniques and making plans for the near future. It was also a good time for everyone, and the possibility to meet each other (over a good karaoke 😉 ). The group expressed his will to renew this very positive experience for research and group bonding.

Last lunch outside

Last lunch outside

Photos by Charitra Jain.

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