Thematic Programs

Frontier of Understanding Earth's Interior and Dynamics

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Program Theme

The interior of the Earth remains a mystery. It is some 6400 km to the center of the Earth, but we have only drilled 12 km in the crust deep and not yet reached the mantle. Geobiologists have found micro-organisms thriving 1 to 2 km beneath the surface in the absence of photosynthetic processes. Using sound waves that emanate from earthquakes seismologists image the Earth's interior and defined its first order physical properties. The compositions of these structures are unknown, at some level, and must be interpret as we do not have techniques to measure their chemistry. To achieve new and unimagined insights into the deep biosphere and the Earth, we need to broaden our perspective and work across different disciplinary boundaries. The theme of this program is to bring together physicists, geologists, biologists, and engineers with a shared goal of the understanding the Earth's interior and resolving the mysteries, and to build interdisciplinary community.

Events

International Symposium, Frontier of Understanding Earth's Interior and Dynamics
(August 8, 2022 – August 9, 2022)

Public Lecture, Exploring the Ocean Floor: The Next "Space Mission"
(September – December, 2022)

Lecture for Young Students, the Power Driving the Earth's Engine
(October – December, 2022)

Workshop, Cutting Edge Technology for Understanding the Earth
(Early December, 2022)

Organizers

Hiroko Watanabe
(Assistant Professor, Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University)

Kunio Inoue
(Professor, Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University)

William F. McDonough
(Professor, Department of Earth Science and Research Center for Neutrino Science, Tohoku University / Department of Geology, University of Maryland)

Natsue Abe
(Senior Scientist, Mantle Drilling Promotion Office, MarE3, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))

Tamano Omata
(Engineer, SIP Promotion Office, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))

Yasuhiro Yamada
(Professor, Department of Earth Resources Engineering, Kyushu University / Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London)

Poster

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Co-hosted by

  • Research Center for Neutrino Science (RCNS), Tohoku University
  • Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  • Kyushu University