First International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their
As part of the EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Meeting Nice (France)
April 7-11th 2003
Bulletin No. 1
The First International
Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences
will be held as part of the 2003 EGS-AGU- EUG joint
meeting in Nice, France, from April 7-11th 2003. This Symposium is
co-chaired by Jacques Locat (email@example.com) and Juergen Mienert
(firstname.lastname@example.org). This Symposium is organized as part of
ongoing COSTA (COntinental Slope STAblity) research programmes both in
Europe and in North America, as well as EuroSTRATAFORM. The proceedings of
the Symposium will be made available at the time of the meeting in a
special book (discussion are underway for a publication by Balkema). This
is in addition to the abstracts to be part of the regular proceedings of
the 2003 EGS-AGU-EUG meeting in Nice.
Because of ongoing development of offshore resources along
margins and the continental slope, and the growing development of the coastal
zone, the Symposium will benefit the community by advancing our knowledge of :
The Symposium will address various issues related to submarine mass
movements and their consequences, but in particular we would like to
establish our status of knowledge for the following elements:
potentially stable or unstable continental slopes,
valuable to installations and to the health and safety of offshore and
the possible presence of gas hydrates and free gas
zones so as to improve environmental protection during offshore
activities such as cable, pipeline and drilling work;
forces and release mechanisms of slope failures on
margins, and of endangered areas, for a major contribution to
establish, describe and develop tool for evaluating
the consequences of submarine mass movements to the sea floor,
man-made structures or coastal communities;
links between the submarine mass movements and the
generation of tsunamis.
predictive tools and risk assessment of continental
slope activity for the next 100 -1000 years.
- Assessment of historical records of slope instability, slope
parameters, seismicity, and tectonic setting.
- Understanding of seafloor failure dynamics through 3-D imaging of
sediment architecture and geometry of slope failures.
- Understanding of sediment physical, mechanical and elastic
properties of slip planes and areas prone to slope sliding.
- Determination of presence of gas hydrates and its significance for
- Modelling of forces and mechanical processes that control the
initiation of slope instabilities (release mechanisms), flow dynamics
and initiation of tsunamis.
- Assessment of risk-fields related to slope stability.
In addition to filling the regular registration documents (including
abstracts) and to follow the EGS/AGU-EUG procedures, Authors participating
to the Symposium should submit to the Symposium secretariat:
A letter of intent with a title and a short summary
by July 15th 2002.
Their paper by September 15th 2002 for review.
The final paper to be received by December 15th
2002 with a payment of 60 Euros to cover the cost of the Symposium
proceedings (we may be able to obtain some financial support to reduce
We expect that papers will consist of a maximum of 6
pages (including figures and references) in a double column A4 format.
Details on how to prepare the papers will be made available as soon as
possible on our web sites (www.costa-canada.ggl.ulaval.ca
For letters of intent to submit a paper, please
send your electronic mail (Email), before July 15th to :
Luc Boisvert, Secretary
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering,
Laval University, Québec, Qc, Canada, G1K 7P4
We look forward to your contribution.
Jacques Locat and Juergen Mienert
May 17th 2002.
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