Sessions & Topics


Sessions & Topics

1. The geodynamic and (seismo-)tectonic evolution of orogens, sedimentary basins, and the underlying lithosphere

The session welcomes contributions in studies coupling the evolution of orogens, sedimentary basins, and their underlying lithosphere a variable spatial and temporal scales. Potential approaches may include non-exclusively structural geology and tectonic studies, petrology, geochemistry, magmatism, Earth materials, reflection seismics, surface deformation and kinematics, source to sink provenance and evolution, potential fields (such as magnetism and the variability of the magnetic field, Earth dynamo, gravity, magneto-tellurics, or deep electrical resistivity studies), natural and induced seismicity, seismic hazards and physics of seismic sources, seismotectonics, geodynamics, lithospheric structure and rheology, and present-day stress-field.

2. Application of near-surface geophysics for environmental risks and geohazards

The session welcomes contributions in understanding environmental risks and geohazards by the means of near-surface geophysics. Potential approaches may include non-exclusively site characterization and case studies for natural and induced geo-hazards, including seismo-acoustic monitoring and early warning systems, methodological developments and data processing in geophysics, applications for geo-archeology, hydro-geophysics, and karst areas, geophysical investigation for engineering geology & geo-technical investigations, geophysics for built infrastructure assessment, multi-method investigation, assessment, monitoring, risk evaluation, urban-areas resilience and management of geo-hazards, radioactive waste disposal and surveillance for nuclear power plants, pollution assessment and monitoring of municipal landfills and other sources.

3. The multi-scale formation and evolution of sediments and sedimentary basins, including karst

The session welcomes contributions in the evolution of sedimentary basins and sediments at a variety of temporal and spatial scales and by a wide range of approaches, such as sedimentology and (magneto-) stratigraphy, tectonic sedimentation and evolution, mechanisms of deformation and evolution, dating, paleogeography and paleoclimate, and karstology (including hazards, monitoring, management, geophysical investigation and paleoclimate and landscape reconstruction).

4. Coupling of multi-scale natural and human induced evolution of river-delta-sea systems: geoscientific approaches for water-covered areas research

The session welcomes contribution in understanding the formation and evolution of river-delta-sea systems and their human impact at a variety of temporal scales, from the deep time reconstruction to high-resolution recent and actual evolution by the means of geological and geophysical investigations in process-oriented and case-studies, from data processing to the specifics of marine geophysics (including investigation of the submerged cultural heritage), hazardous waste (such as UXO, shipwrecks and other sunken wrecks) detection in water-covered areas and other hazards (mud volcanoes, tsunami, submerged pipes explosions, etc.).

5. Engineering geology, GNSS, InSAR, and remote-sensing for dynamics of landscape and near-surface evolution

The session welcomes contributions in landscape and near-surface evolution by the means of engineering geology and satellite technologies that may include non-exclusively concepts or data acquisition, processing, and interpretation in geo-engineering and satellite observations, including GIS, remote sensing, GNSS, InSAR, and other airborne, remote sensing and UAV methodologies for scientific research, applications and hazard management and early warning.

6. Advances in numerical and analogue modelling, data processing and visualisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence

The session provides a platform to discuss concept-driven research and its application by the means of numerical and/or analogue modelling of processes relevant for, non-exclusively, tectonics, structural geology, rock mechanics, geodynamics, volcanology, geomorphology, sedimentology, subsurface predictions and climate change, including data processing and visualization of geophysical data. The development and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches are furthermore welcomed.

7. Conventional, sustainable and unconventional resources, including mineral resources and landfills

The session welcomes contributions in a large variety of concepts and applications in geo-resources, mineral resources and societal-relevant problems such as the geo-management of landfills. A broad range of directions is envisaged, from conventional (such as petroleum or coal), unconventional (shale gas and coal-bed methane) to long-term sustainable georesources (such as geothermal) and storage (carbon capture – CCS, energy, hydrogen), including reservoirs characterization. We also welcome contributions in concepts, development and sustainability of mineral resources, such as ore deposits, and construction materials. Furthermore, geo-investigation of societal-relevant issues are also welcomed, such as storage and disposal of radioactive waste and the management of landfills (geophysical solution, investigations, or municipal solutions).

8. Geoscience education and societal awareness on climate change and other hazards. Geoheritage and humanitarian geophysics

The transformation of our world into a more sustainable and resilient society is strongly relying on the geo-scientific achievements in various fields of its sphere of concern as well as on the societal awareness through formal and non-formal education. This session welcomes contributions to the development of geoscience teaching methodologies, including lessons learned from pandemic times, natural hazards occurrences such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and tsunami, hazards and urban geography, to understanding climate change, understanding and developing geoheritage, geoconservation and advertisement of geoscience to society. Contributions dealing with geosciences in wartimes, for peace and other humanitarian geoscience topics are also welcomed.