Tracer and Timescale Methods for Understanding Complex Geophysical and Environmental Processes


International Workshop/School on

Tracer and Timescale Methods for Understanding Complex Geophysical and Environmental Processes

August 16-19, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Understanding advective-diffusive transport and production/destruction processes of trace constituents in natural fluid flows is an important challenge in Earth and environmental sciences with many diverse applications. Moreover, geophysical and environmental models routinely produce huge amounts of real numbers. To make sense of them, computer graphics is not sufficient, and has to be complemented with specific interpretation methods. Among them, an approach that is progressively becoming popular consists in using real or hypothetical tracers to tag fluid masses and estimating associated timescales, i.e. age, residence time, transit time, etc. Such timescales lead to very helpful diagnoses that are increasingly applied in interdisciplinary environmental studies. The workshop/school will review what has been achieved so far in this field of research and suggest new developments.

It will be held from 16th to 19th August, 2011 at UCL, Auditorium Carnoy B.059, place croix du sud, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


Tutorials will be delivered by members of the scientific committee. In addition, oral contributions or posters are expected to be presented by most of the attendees, dealing with model studies, theoretical developments, field measurements - for model validation or other purposes - or numerical methods, be they of a Eulerian or Lagrangian nature. The diagnoses may concern air, water, passive/inert tracers, biogeochemical variables, sediment particles, etc.


Check also the website of a complementary event, the Liège Colloquium on "Traces and Tracers" (May 2nd-6th, 2011, Liège, Belgium) that is organised jointly with BONUS, GoodHope and GEOTRACES.

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