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SEG-AGU Workshop:
Upper Crust Physics of Rocks

11–13 July 2016
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Hilo, Hawaii


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Geophysicists are skilled at deducing static earth structure from observations of seismic, electromagnetic, and gravitational fields. A fuller appreciation of earth dynamics cannot, however, be realized without a rigorous understanding of the physical properties of earth materials under in situ conditions. Rock Physics investigations provide this key link between rock physical properties and geophysical, deformation and transport signatures. Over the last half-century, Rock Physicists have made considerable progress addressing problems in exploration geophysics, volcanology, crustal seismology, earthquake faulting and petrophysics. Somewhat regrettably, however, much of this work is carried out independently within these increasingly specialized communities; and our experiences are not as widely shared as they should be. The aim of this workshop is to gather Rock Physicists from these various disciplines to share information of state-of the art laboratory measurements, theory, modelling and interpretation that will assist our common goals of evaluating the effects of fractures, rock composition, microstructures, and fluids on geophysical observations. This workshop will centre on new and novel practices in experimental design, modelling, and borehole logging and be illustrated by results from Scientific Drilling programs, hydrocarbon and geothermal exploration, and volcanology, among others. The format of the workshop is intended to foster lively and open debate. Invited speakers will kick-off each session to be followed by set periods for discussion and modified speed-geeking format poster presentations. The Technical Committee is seeking a broad range of participants from industry, academia, and research institutions to share their Rock Physics work within the general session themes of:

  • Tectonic stress and deformation
  • Crustal fluids and fluid pressures
  • Rock microstructure and transport properties
  • New experimental developments
  • Numerical modelling advances at the micro- and macro-scale
  • Rock physics theoretical models
  • Monitoring rock-fluid alteration

Invited Speakers

  • Yves Bernabe, MIT, USA
  • Angus Best, NOC, UK 
  • Yves Gueguen, ENS, France
  • Ian Jackson, ANU, Australia 
  • Andre Revil, Universite Savoie Mont Blanc/ISTERRE, France 
  • Erik Saenger, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Germany 
  • Genyang Tang, China University of Petroleum 
  • Takeshi Tsuji, Kyushu Uni., Japan
  • Laura Pyrak-Nolte, Purdue, USA 
  • Tiziana Vanorio, Stanford University, USA 
  • Qing Wang, Nanjing Univ., China 
  • Teng fong Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Weiren Lin, JAMSTEC, Japan

Meeting Schedule*

  • Monday, 11 July  Registration, morning and afternoon sessions, and an Icebreaker  
  • Tuesday, 12 July  Morning and afternoon sessions  
  • Wednesday, 13 July  Morning and afternoon sessions

We will also offer a Geological field trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Thursday, 14 July. This field trip is not included in your registration fee.

* Schedule is tentative, and is subject to change.


Early Bird Registration Rates: $600 10 June 2016

Late Registration Rates: $700 After 10 June 2016

Students: $600

Student Support

We will be offering six (6) students reduced registration. The grants will be US$500 each and will be used to reduce registration to $100 per person. In order to receive the grant you must apply online at The deadline to submit an application is 31 March. You will need to submit an abstract by the deadline of 12 February in order to be considered for the grant.

Your application will be reviewed and evaluated by our Travel Grant Committee. The recipients will be announced in May.

Field Trip

Following the workshop on Thursday, 14 July there will be a Geological field trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The trip will depart and return to the HIlo Hawaiian Hotel. It is expected to depart at 12:00pm and return to the hotel at approximately 9:00pm.

The trip will make stops at the following locations: Kilauea Overlook Jagger Museum and Observatory Kilauea Iki Overlook. Other stops may occur, but are unplanned at this time.

Price: USD$65 per person

Water will be provided on the bus. No meals are included in the registration rate.

You may sign up for this field trip when registration opens. You will be required to sign a field trip waiver when you register.

Venue/Hotel Information

The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel will be the venue for technical sessions, meals and guest accommodations. Special room rates of US$130 per night plus tax for a Garden View Room and US$150 per night plus tax for a Deluxe Ocean View Room have been negotiated for the SEG/AGU Workshop. Room reservations at these rates are available on a first come, first serve basis, and cannot be guaranteed.

For hotel reservations please call the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to book your room, +1-808-969-6463. Ask for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists rate or the HH6023 rate.

Presentation Submissions

A short abstract of no more than 500 words and fitting on one page and a completed application form must be submitted to Jill Abbott  no later than 12 February 2016 in order to be considered for oral or poster presentation. The proceedings of these abstracts will be provided to the participants, but will not be published. Presenters are invited, but not required, to share their slides or posters digitally after the workshop.


Sponsorship is a great opportunity to get your company name and message in front of industry professionals over a range of fields as well as a great way to support the industry. Contact Jill Abbott  for more information.

Organizing Committee

SEG co-Chair: Ludmila Adam, University of Auckland
AGU co-Chair: Douglas Schmitt,  University of Alberta

Committee Members

  • Tobias Mueller, CSIRO 
  • Michael Heap, University of Strasbourg 
  • Boris Gurevich, Curtin University 
  • Jerome Fortin, ENS 
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines 
  • Luca Duranti, Chevron 
  • Arthur Cheng, Singapore National University 
  • Colin Sayers, Schlumberger 
  • Erik Saenger, International Geothermal Centre / Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum 
  • Brett Carpenter, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia 
  • Carolyn Boulton, University of Liverpool 
  • Ben Kennedy, University of Canterbury 
  • Flora Sun, China University of Petroleum 

Important Dates

Abstract submissions closed: 12 February 2016

Advance registration deadline: 10 June 2016

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