Chapman Conference on
Timescales of the Geomagnetic Field
University of Florida, Gainesville

9-11 March 2003

Conveners
Program Committee
Cosponsors
Conference Objective
Preliminary Topics and Issues
Format and Schedule
Preliminary Program [PDF]
Abstracts
Travel Support
Registration
Meeting Location and Facility

Conveners

Jim Channell, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, 241 Williamson Hall, PO Box 112120, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA, Tel: +1-352-392-3658 (direct) or +1-352-392-2231 (secretary); Fax: +1-352-392-9294; E-mail: jetc@ufl.edu
Dennis V. Kent, Geological Sciences/Wright Laboratory, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066, USA, Tel: +1-732-445-7049; Fax: +1-732-445-3374, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964-8000, USA, Tel: +1-845-365-8544; Fax: +1-845-365-8158; E-mail: dvk@rci.rutgers.edu
William Lowrie, Institute of Geophysics, ETH-Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland, Tel: +41-1-633-2607; Fax: +41-1-633-1065; E-mail: lowrie@mag.ig.erdw.ethz.ch

Program Committee
To be finalized.

Cosponsors
The AGU Chapman Conference at UF is cosponsored by the National Science Foundation, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, and 2G Enterprises.

Conference Objective
Marking the 70th birthday of N. D. Opdyke (Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida and member of the National Academy), the purpose of this proposed Chapman Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of current controversies in geomagnetic research. Records of the geomagnetic field played a pivotal role in the Earth sciences "revolution" and the development of plate tectonic theory. The geocentric axial dipole hypothesis (first tested by Opdyke and Henry, 1969) allowed quantification of continental drift through the application of paleomagnetism. Precise global stratigraphic correlation afforded by magnetic polarity stratigraphy (first practiced by Opdyke et al., 1966) led to the geomagnetic polarity timescale (GPTS) becoming central to the calibration of geologic time for the last ~300 Myr. Several recent advances make this an opportune time to reassess geomagnetic field records, look for new paradigms to explain the records, and relate the new records to numerical simulations of the geodynamo.

Preliminary Topics and Issues

Format and Schedule
The Conference will include three full days of presentations and discussions. Each day will be devoted to one of the primary topics listed above.

Each day's session will begin at 8:30 AM. A keynote speech (45 minutes including discussion) each morning and afternoon will be followed by 15 minute talks, each with 5 minutes discussion. There will be an extended lunch break for viewing posters and for informal discussions among participants. A conference dinner (Monday) will be arranged at a local restaurant. Poster sessions concurrent with the main topic of each day will be held in an area adjoining the meeting area. Poster contributions are greatly encouraged. Poster sessions provide unsurpassed opportunities for participants to interact for extended periods in an informal setting. All posters will be displayed throughout the conference. Daily session chairs will identify subsets of posters that are particularly relevant to the topic of the day and will ask poster authors to be present at their posters during part of the lunch break on the relevant day.

Travel Support: Application Deadline is 2 December 2002
Applications are being made to several U.S. agencies to support travel of conference participants. Graduate students and young scientists will receive priority for funding. To apply for travel funds, please print and complete the Chapman Conference Travel Grant Application, and return it to the AGU Meetings Department by 2 December 2002.

Registration: Deadline is 7 February 2003

The registration fee for this conference is $185. Submit the online form to register for this meeting by 7 February 2003 to register. See the registration form for cancellation and refund information.

Meeting Location and Facility
The meeting will take place in a lecture theatre within the Department of Geological Sciences, in Williamson Hall, at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Adjacent space will be used for refreshment breaks, lunches, and posters.

Hotel Accommodation: Deadline is 7 February 2003
Specially discounted rooms have been reserved at a nearby hotel. All attendees will be responsible for making their own reservations. Please call early to reserve your sleeping room and ensure that you will receive the specially discounted AGU rate.

Gainesville Airport has frequent connections to Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Alternatively, airports at Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa are about a 2 hour drive from Gainesville.

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