Join us for the second workshop on Feedbacks Among Climate, Erosion and Tectonics (FACET II) being held July 21-July 28, 2017 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.


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To participate in FACET II, please complete and submit application form here.  Successful applications will be notified in May.  Registration will open in May.

The recognition that climatically modulated erosion governs the geodynamic evolution of active mountain ranges remains one of the most transformative conceptual shifts in the geosciences in the past few decades.  Despite much progress, the nature of interactions among processes operating in the fluid and solid earth, the strength of these interactions, and how they are manifest in Earth’s topography remain poorly understood.  This workshop builds on a recent community efforts to take stock of the state of understanding of coupled orogenic-climate systems and to define a research agenda that will enable the next generation of studies into these complex systems.

History of FACET initiative
In the Spring of 2015, a workshop was held in Taiwan to promote international collaboration and interdisciplinary research on the linkages between solid earth deformation and surface earth processes during the evolution of orogenic systems.  This event brought together ~100 US and Taiwanese researchers for conference presentations, field trips and group discussions centered on the interactions among climate, erosion and tectonics.  The 2015 workshop initiated a community-led process to take stock of the tremendous advances that have occurred over the past 25 years in the study of the coupling between climate and tectonics.  A subsequent special session at the American Geophysical Meeting in the Fall of 2015 showcased some of the breadth of research being conducted in this field, both in Taiwan and beyond. A summary of the 2015 workshop can be downloaded here.

The success of these events, in part, led to the development of a research opportunity coordinated between the National Science Foundation (GEO/EAR) and the Ministry of Science and Technology. The present workshop aims to capitalize on this momentum and nurture emerging collaborations in a venue along Cascadia convergent margin in the Pacific Northwest. More information regarding this program can be found here.

Workshop Goals and Organization
The overarching purpose of this workshop is to promote interdisciplinary research on the linkages and feedbacks among mountain building, climate, and surface processes.  Within this framework, this second FACET workshop has four primary aims:

  • To evaluate the current state of understanding in how feedbacks among climate, mountain building, and landscape evolution govern the trajectory of orogenic systems.
  • To identify research goals that capitalize on transdisciplinary approaches and will lead to the next generation of advances in our understanding of coupled surface and deep earth systems
  • To foster the development of specific research strategies to address these goals
  • To nurture and strengthen collaborations between U.S. and Taiwan scientists

The workshop will consist of two components, an academic conference and a subsequent writing/networking retreat.  The academic conference will be held on the campus of Oregon State University (see Venue) and will begin with a one-day field trip to the Oregon Coast.  The conference will follow a format of plenary and breakout sessions focused on disciplinary topics; there will also be posters sessions in the afternoon for research presentations.  The retreat will also begin with a field trip through the Western and High Cascades, ending at the Rock Springs Ranch (see Venue).  Participants will engage in a 1 ½ day workshop aimed at providing networking opportunities for US and Taiwanese researchers, development of specific research agendas, and starting the process of writing a community document on future research opportunities.

General Information
This workshop is supported with an award from the National Science Foundation (including program support from EAR-Tectonics, EAR-Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, and the Office of International Science and Engineering).  Additional support was provided by the Research Office of Oregon State University.  Contact Eric Kirby with any relevant inquiries.

Field Trip
A field trip to Central Oregon is being planned for the group. Details are coming soon.

Organizing Committee
Eric Kirby, Oregon State University – Chair
Tim Byrne, University of Connecticut
Jean Crespi, University of Connecticut
Chris Poulsen, University of Michigan
Francis Wu, Binghamton University
Brian Yanites, Indiana University

Yu-Chang Chan, Academia Sinica
Chien-Chih Chen, National Central University
Jian-Cheng Lee, Academia Sinica
Yuan-Hsi Lee, National Chung Cheng University
J. Bruce H. Shyu, National Taiwan University
Jia-Yuh Yu, National Central University

Workshop Contributors
Harvey Kelsey, Humboldt State University – field trip leader
Andrew Meigs, Oregon State University – field trip leader

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