This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Nearly 40 years ago small-scale laboratory experiments were used to constrain the strength of the lithosphere. These consisted of a simple view of brittle upper crustal deformation and viscous deformation dominating at greater depth. Over the years these models have been refined by further experimentation but also through observational constraints from seismology, field investigations, geodesy, microstructural studies, drilling, and modeling. Consequently, laboratory measurements, coupled with a wide range of observations have helped to determine the fundamental physics and chemistry of rock deformation at a very wide range of scales. Nonetheless, there is still enormous scope for interaction between those working in the laboratory and other fields that will facilitate a fundamental understanding of tectonic processes that are currently poorly understood.
This meeting will explore how laboratory experimentation is still contributing to understanding large-scale processes and how the field may interface with others to tackle new and relevant problems occurring on all scales.