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"From mantle to crust: continental formation and destruction"

CIDER 2013 Summer Program, July 1 - August 2, 2013, University of California, Berkeley (CA)
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Goals and purposes

The purpose of CIDER 2013 is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to better understand how and when continents are formed and destroyed. A specific objective is to draw together independent datasets, ranging from geophysics (seismology, mineral physics, rheology, geodynamics) to geochemistry to surface processes. One goal will be to develop a synthesized view of the thermal, compositional, rheological, and geochronological structure of continents, from the lithospheric mantle to the crust. Continents and the processes involved in making continental crust play a fundamental role in modulating the thermal evolution of Earth’s interior, long-term climate change, and the evolution of life. These processes, themselves, can influence the growth, destruction and compositional evolution of continents. Thus, a second goal is to use continents as a means of better understanding the nature of coupling between the deep Earth and the exogenic system (ocean, atmosphere, biosphere). The time is ripe to bring these disparate datasets and perspectives together. With these constraints, participants will work together to explore new and existing models for continent formation and destruction from the Archean to the present, and in particular, use continent evolution as a foundation for better understanding the science of truly whole-Earth system.

Read more about the science motivation at the CIDER main site.

Program Organizers

Cin-Ty Lee (lead organizer) 
Thorsten Becker 
Richard Allen
and Barbara Romanowicz (CIDER PI)


  • Week 1 (July 1 - July 5 2013): Informal program
  • Weeks 2 - 4 (July 7 - July 26th, 2013): Tutorial Program for advanced graduate students and post-docs
  • Weeks 4 - 5 (July 22 - Aug 2nd, 2013): Research group activities for all participants


Richard Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington 
Kent Condie, New Mexico Tech 
Rajdeep Dasgupta, Rice University 
Gerald Dickens, Rice University 
Josef Dufek, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Greg Hirth, Brown University 
Claude Jaupart, Universite' Paris-Diderot & Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris 
Adrian Lenardic, Rice University 
Maureen Long, Yale University 
William McDonough, University of Maryland 
Roberta Rudnick, University of Maryland 
Robert Stern, University of Texas at Dallas 
Kelin Whipple, Arizona State University 
Shijie Zhong, University of Colorado at Boulder
Göran Ekström, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University 
Gene Humphreys, University of Oregon 
Meredith Nettles, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University 

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As in previous CIDER summer programs, the program will begin with 1 week of KITP style unstructured program, followed by 2 weeks of tutorial for advanced graduate students and post-docs. During week 2, research group will form around selected multi-disciplinary topics that will emerge from discussions during weeks 1-2. During weeks 3-4, these topics will be further explored within multidisciplinary teams including junior and senior participants. As a new experiment in CIDER, in week 3, one lecture is scheduled every morning to start the day and finish the tutorial part of the program. A few short (20mn) research lectures may be given at the end of the day. There will be no lectures in week 5. A plenary session with summary presentations from each research group is planned on friday afternoon, August 2nd.

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