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Authors: Rick Bennett, Ken Hudnut
Subject: AGU session

Dear Colleague,

Please consider contributing to the following special session at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco 8-12 December 2003:


G05 Before PBO: What Do We Know?

The Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) promises to revolutionize our understanding of continental plate boundary deformation processes by providing an unprecedented quantity of geodetic data, densely sampled in both space and time. The PBO design is premised upon insights derived from the culmination of decades of geodetic measurement and research from a multitude of different projects conducted throughout the western North American continent. What have we learned so far about the kinematics and dynamics of continental plate boundary deformation (tectonic processes, rheology of and forces acting upon the lithosphere, transient deformations) from these past measurements? What advances have we made in the science of high-precision tectonic geodesy? What specifically do we hope to learn from new PBO instrumentation? This session encourages contributions describing our present state of understanding of continental deformation processes in western North America, and the state of the art in crustal deformation measurement and modeling techniques, particularly the primary methods proposed for implementing PBO (e.g., continuous GPS, borehole or laser strain, and survey-mode GPS), with an eye toward new first-order scientific advances that we can expect to achieve with the PBO. The hope is that by identifying and describing the present state of knowledge more clearly, we may collectively make the most of PBO in terms of observations and resulting science. For example, this review could result directly in better informed decisions about the details of PBO instrument deployment, so as to best address our many questions as we go forward.

Conveners : Richard A. Bennett, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, MS 42, Cambridge, MA 02138-1516 USA, Tel: 617-495-7453, Fax: 617-495-7345, email: rbennettcfa.harvard.edu, and Kenneth W. Hudnut, U.S. Geological Survey, 525 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 USA, Tel: 626-583-7232, Fax: 626-583-7827, email: hudnutusgs.gov



Abstract Submissions: The online Abstract Submission Form will be available by 1 August 2003. Abstracts must be submitted to AGU by 4 September 2003, 1400 UT.

Other information: AGU Meetings Department 2000 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009 USA Phone: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 333 or +1-202-777-7333 Fax: +1-202-328-0566 E-mail: meetinginfoagu.org (subject: 2003 Fall Meeting)

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