March 1-3, 2024

Serpentinite, Fluids and Plate Boundary Deformation in Subduction Zones

Dear community,

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Serpentinite, Fluids and Plate Boundary Deformation in Subduction Zones scientific workshop from March 1 to 3, 2024 at the at the Gault Natural Reserve, Centre of McGill University, in Québec !

This workshop will be dedicated to exploring and advancing our understanding of subduction zone forearc fluids and their complex interactions within this dynamic Earth system. It will also be a unique opportunity to provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussions and knowledge exchange among established and early-career researchers in the field. To review the latest discoveries, achievements and efforts of our community. We'll have the privilege of listening to internationally renowned keynote speakers, who will share their latest discoveries and perspectives.

Key themes to be addressed include:

Theme 1 - Forearc fluids: unveiling sources, pressures, volumes, and effects of/on deformation

- Investigating the origins and mechanisms behind the generation of fluids in subduction zone forearcs.

- Analyzing the pressures and volumes of fluids within forearc environments.

- Understanding the effects of deformation on the behaviour and transport of forearc fluids and vice versa.

Theme 2 - Data sets: Unifying insights from various observations

- Leveraging remote geophysical observations (seismic imaging, potential field methods) and modelling to uncover subsurface fluid dynamics.

- Examining the role of earthquakes in revealing information about forearc fluid behaviour.

- Exploring fluid chemistry, including the study of gases within forearc settings.

- Investigating the compositions and structures of exhumed rocks to glean insights into past fluid interactions.

Theme 3 - Foci in space: Probing forearc fluids across key geological features

- Accretionary wedge and forearc backstop

- Subducting slab as the source of fluids

- Plate interface and shear zone

- Intra-slab faulting and fluid transport

- Forearc mantle wedge serpentinization and fluid storage

- Upper plate deformation and vertical fluid transport

We wish you an excellent workshop, rich in learning, encounters and discoveries!

We look forward to seeing you at our Serpentinite, Fluids and Plate Boundary Deformation in Subduction Zones workshop,

Organizing committee:

Christie Rowe, McGill University; Pascal Audet, Université d'Ottawa; Matthew Tarling, McGill University; Tim Stern, Victoria University of Wellington; Martha Savage, Victoria University of Wellington; Morgane Brunet, Université du Québec à Rimouski; Jillian Kendrick, McGill University; Joyce Shi Sim, Georgia Institute of Technology


Gault Centre, Mt. St-Hilaire, McGill University

422, Chemin des Moulins Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC Canada, J3G 4S6

Registration period

January 16, 2024 - 14:43 until February 15, 2024 - 21:00

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