Synthesis Workshops

Synthesis Workshops are envisioned to be small workshops of 10-15 people and are intended to help start successful working groups. The EarthScope National Office uses the output of these workshops as part of its efforts to bring EarthScope science to the public. We hope that the workshops themselves will lead to working groups that will follow up with additional research, papers, or their own proposals as appropriate. Synthesis workshops come with funding to cover the travel expenses of the participants. Over the next four years, the EarthScope National Office at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will support a series of ten EarthScope Synthesis Workshops, each of which bringing a small group of scientists together from multiple disciplines.

As the end of the formal EarthScope program approaches, it is timely for the geosciences community to work towards synthesesizing multiple types of data focused on a single region or topic. For example, data from USArray, PBO, and SAFOD activities could be linked with results from other disciplines such as geochemical or modeling data. EarthScope science offers many opportunities for synthesis, both within and between disciplines.

Applications for participation in the workshops are accepted through ESNO and each participant is expected to submit some text and figures that represent a commitment to work on the topic. Final decisions on participation will be made jointly by ESNO and workshop organizer(s). Each workshop will be expected to synthesize the material submitted by the participants and develop a plan for future action, including lead authors. Direct deliverables from each workshop will include a synthesis document based on the work done already on the topic, plus a plan for future action as a working group. Further virtual meetings of the groups can be supported by ESNO using WebEx or telecons. We will encourage these groups to produce review and synthesis papers and contribute to an EarthScope synthesis special volume (physical or virtual), and to material that can be put in terms understandable for the public for web and media distribution. Proposals should briefly discuss opportunities for Education and Outreach associated with the synthesis topic, and the workshops are encouraged to use some time to discuss E&O opportunities.

Apply to a selected 2016-2017 workshop!

The application and information to attend a workshop is located on each workshop information page.

To participate in a workshop, the application form asks for:

Your personal information, affiliation and status, a short description of why you should be chosen to attend the workshop, a description of contributed materials and a bibliography.


Southern Exposure: Structural and Tectonic Avolution of the Southern Margin of North America

(Application deadline: December 2nd, 2016)

Evolution of the Southern Appalachian Lithosphere

(Application deadline: January 27, 2017)


Towards a 3D Model of the Cascadia Subduction Zone

(Application deadline: TBA, 2017)



(Application deadline: TBA, 2017)


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New round of proposals for future topics and hosts: TBA in 2017.

To apply you will need: Workshop Title, Primary contact name & email, Eventual additional co-organizers, Anticipated key participants, Proposed location, Proposed time of year (if there is some preference), Motivation for the workshop, Types of EarthScope data used, Relationship of the topic to EarthScope science goals, What progress toward synthesis do you think could be made at the workshop?, Additional information, Text and figures that represent a commitment to work on the topic (size should not exceed 5MB).