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E2.7-AEGS Emergent Fields in Geosciences



This Thematic Area is reserved to session proposals that involve new lines of research associated with emergent fields of geosciences or that explore boundaries with other sciences, and therefore are difficult to group into other Thematic Areas. Sessions presenting important methodology innovations within established disciplinary areas will be also welcomed. Some examples of potential sessions are: planetary geology, meteoritics, astro-bio-geology; biogeochemical cycles; geomedicine; information and communication technologies for geology; use of drones in geological mapping, etc.


Plenary Speaker: Dr. David Catling, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. View profile



AEGS-GS: General Session Emergent Fields in Geosciences.

Convenors: Millarca Valenzuela, Fernanda Álvarez.

Description: This session will receive abstracts related to Emergent Fields in Geosciences that cannot be included in one of the specific sessions of this thematic area.

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AEGS-1: Meteorites, Planetary Sciences, and Impact Processes

Convenors: Millarca Valenzuela, Laura Flores, Mario Pino, Daniel Moncada, Sebastián Perroud, Gonzalo Tancredi.

Description: Planetary sciences in Chile start to consolidate among multidisciplinary studies that recognize our territory as one that poses many different environments that can work as analogous of other Solar System's planetary bodies. Additionally, in the last years Chile has become the South American country with more official meteorites, thanks to the excellent preservation conditions at the Atacama Desert. This collection allows the study of these primitive rocks to researchers and students in Chile and around the world, to advance in the understanding of the origin of the Solar System and its subsequent evolution. This session will cover key aspects that includes: 1) study of meteorites, specially specimens found in North, Central and/or South America; 2) studies of geological processes - including geochemical, geophysical, mineralogical, petrological and/or remote sensors data - applied to the understanding of other planets; 3) geological, geophysical, physical models, etc. studies of craters, their impact materials, airbursts, as well as their effects, in Chile or the rest of the world. We are looking forward for your contributions.

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AEGS-2: Geoarchaeology: advances and perspectives for the new millennium

Convenors: Pía Sapiains, Andrew Menzies, Valentina Figueroa, Ariadna Cifuentes, Camila Riera.

Description: Interdisciplinary research is essential for the development and scientific work of a diverse range of existing disciplines. Over the last couple of decades, interdisciplinary collaborations have performed a relevant role in obtaining detailed and rigorous information. In this context, the techniques used in geosciences have made a contribution in archaeological research and have become a tool for the study of archaeological sites and objects. This session is open as a space for the national promotion and  dissemination of geo-archeology as an interdiscipline, where geology collaborates in archaeological studies as a strategic tool for obtaining important data, such as the analysis of soils and stratigraphy at  archaeological sites, the use of geophysical equipment in excavations, the mineralogy and petrography of archaeological materials, and the geomorphology and paleoenvironment evolution, among other important contributions.

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AEGS-3: Geoscientific data processing

Convenors: Natalia Astudillo, Alejandro Cáceres, Silvia Arce.

Description: Processing of geoscientific data and information is a relevant aspect of the professional and academic workload, given the continuous increase in the amount and variety of geological data collected. The availability of large databases requires the correlation and integration of geological information of diverse nature, which can be achieved thanks to the growing capacity of computational methods and algorithms, contributing  thus to enlarge the geological knowledge and to build or refine predictive models of natural phenomena. In this context, the session aims to approach the geoscientific community to the future of the geological practice by integrating themes such as numerical modeling, GIS analysis, database and structures, sampling methods, geostatistics,   resources estimation, artificial intelligence applied to geological problems, etc. All these subjects go beyond the mere geological interpretation and are becoming fundamental tools that support our work.

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AEGS-4: Innovation and Technology

Convenors: Manuel Reyes, Jaime Villanueva, Jorge Brantt.

Description: During the last years many computer techniques have been developed that are allowing the treatment of a large amount of data, such as the use of Artificial Intelligence, which will involve knowing in a timely manner relationships between different elements, relationships between geological events, among other.

New technological applications have allowed, for example, the design of machines capable of condensing water from the air in quantities of 200 liters per day.

These and other applications will allow the dissemination of new technologies that will support geological knowledge and others that will help field campaigns.

This session will receive abstracts describing technological innovations applied to geosciences.

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