‘Daughter of the Baltic’ to host Crustal Movements Symposium

2 April 2001 As part of national implementation of paragraphs 29–34 of the Science Agenda on Environmental and Sustainable Development, Finland is organizing an international symposium on vertical movements and hazards caused by crustal movements.

In many areas of the world, crustal movements and deformations pose a threat to life, property, societies and industry. But if they inspire apprehension and fear, crustal movements also provide precious information on the structure and geophysical processes of the Earth’s interior. Both scientists and society at large thus stand to gain a lot from a better understanding of crustal movements.

The IAG International Symposium on Recent Crustal Movements will be providing a discussion forum not only for scientists from universities and research institutes, but also for people working in industry and environmental institutes around the world. Participants will be meeting from 27 to 31 August 2001 at the University of Helsinki in the city known affectionately as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’ (see also WCS Newsletter, 19 October 2000).

The Symposium will explore the possibilities offered by geodetic methods for measuring crustal movements and deformations. Geodetic measurement techniques, including modern space geodetic techniques, provide a lot of information for determining the movements of the Earth’s continents and tectonic plates.

Sessions will be devoted to geodetic measuring techniques applied to crustal movement studies and other techniques; geophysical interpretation of crustal movements; prediction of natural and anthropogenic hazards with the aid of crustal motion studies; postglacial rebound in Fennoscandia and other glaciated areas of the world; sea-level change, vertical motions and coastal areas; effects of vertical crustal movements in urban areas; and geodynamics of the polar regions.

On the basis of presentations, a report will be made to the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International Council for Science (ICSU) and UNESCO.

The organizers have indicated they would welcome additional presentations. They invite authors to submit abstracts of two pages in length, in English, before 1 June 2001. Details of the session schedule and other information are being updated regularly on the symposium web pages.

Source: http://www.fgi.fi/SRCM/