Geodynamical Phenomena: From Observations to Modeling


Earthquakes and eruptions frightened people from ancient times, but in the XXth century, the development of science and technology allowed to forecast such phenomena. These forecasts, during the last century, were based on observations, and the results were fairly inaccurate, because of the various technological factors influence and the quality of geological environment to be in constant motion.

Modern approaches are based on the modeling and analysis of collected data, that’s why close collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience between the scientists of different countries becomes extremely important, and that became one of the main tasks of Second International conference on “Geodynamical Phenomena: From Observations and Experiments to Theory and Modeling”, that took place in NTUU “KPI”, on 20th to 24th of September.

The organizers of the conference: S. I. Subbotin Institute of Geophysics National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, USA), University of California (San-Diego, USA), Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Science (Moscow, Russia), and NTUU “KPI”.

There were more than 100 participants from Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. The program of the Сonference included such topics: mineral physics, computational geodynamics, lithosphere dynamics, interdisciplinary researches and geodata analysis.

Chairmen of the conference were: academician of NAS of Ukraine, M. Zgurovsky (rector of the NTUU “KPI”), academician of NAS of Ukraine, V.Starostenko (director of the Subbotin Institute of Geophysics), Y. David (professor of the University of Minesota, USA), academician secretary of the Department of Earth Sciences of RAS, O. Gliko (director of the Schmidt Institute of Physics of Earth).

The work on the conference was divided into such sections: modern computer methods in seismology and initial data analysis, global seismology, digital methods, seismological database, lithosphere and earth’s crust dynamics: zones of fractures, location of fractures, heat flow, rheology, mineralogy of high pressure and rheology, computational mineral physics, suspension and magma rheology; computer technologies and dynamic processes, history of heat, planetary processes and planets of Solar system; geophysical fields: observations, methods and results of geological and tectonic interpretations.

Results of observations, that took place in laboratories all over the world, were represented in the numerous reports. Data from these researches is essential for development of modern theories and models connected with geodynamic phenomena and changes. The topics of the conference reports are very important not only for science but also for practical use.


Irina Smolina

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