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AGU Chapman Conference on Source to Sink Systems Around the World and Through Time 

Recent Advances in Understanding Production, Transfer, and Burial of Terrestrial and Marine Materials on the Earth Surface

Oxnard, California, USA
24–27 January 2011

Conference Objectives and General Description

The general goal of this conference is to articulate the ideas that are the foundation for a holistic understanding of sediment dispersal from land origins to marine accumulation, and to explore the theoretical and observational studies that support them.

This Chapman Conference will substantially expand the results of individual source-to-sink research projects by contrasting diverse dispersal systems. An attempt will be made to resolve fundamental differences in the operation of processes that transfer mass across the Earth surface. This effort will develop a global perspective with studies from around the world, and will facilitate the synthesis and integration of S2S research as part of an inclusive international conference, a digital text, and classroom materials.


Charles A. Nittrouer, School of Oceanography, University of Washington,

Steven A. Kuehl, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William & Mary,

Program Committee

Robert C. Aller, Stony Brook University,
Neal E. Blair, Northwestern University,
Michael D. Blum, ExxonMobil Research Company,
Robert W. Dalrymple, Queen's University, Canada,
William E. Dietrich, University of California, Berkeley,
Andre W. Droxler, Rice University,
Thomas Dunne, University of California, Santa Barbara,
Alberto G. Figueiredo, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil,
Stephan A. Graham, Stanford University,
Cathryn A. Manduca, Carleton College,
Kathleen M. Marsaglia, California State University, Northridge,
Ole J. Martinsen, StatOil, Norway,
Alan Orpin, NIWA, New Zealand,
Gary Parker, University of Illinois,
Carlos Pirmez, Shell Oil Company,
Piret Plink-Bjorklund, Colorado School of Mines,
Joshua J. Roering, University of Oregon,
Brian W. Romans, Chevron Energy Technology,
Yoshiki Saito, Geological Survey of Japan,
Rudy Slingerland, Pennsylvania State University,
James P.M. Syvitski, University of Colorado,
Robert A. Wheatcroft, Oregon State University,

Financial Support

The conference organizers acknowledge the generous support of the following organizations.

NSF       CSDMS       Statoil

Statoil  Chevron SEPM

Exxon Mobil

Travel Support

Some funds will be available to help with travel support of graduate and undergraduate students, who would like to participate in the conference. To be considered, students should submit abstracts. More information can be obtained by contacting the conference conveners: Chuck Nittrouer ( and Steve Kuehl (

Further Information

If you would like to receive future updates about this conference, e-mail or call the AGU Meetings Department at +1-202-777-7329.

For information about the scientific program, please contact one of the conveners via e-mail: Chuck Nittrouer (University of Washington) at or Steve Kuehl (College of William & Mary) at