A planet supporting life Klaus Regenaur-Lieb Invited

Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Daphane Ng

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Recycling rocks: Understanding Sustainability in a Dynamic Earth

Recycling rocks: understanding sustainability in a dynamic earth was a joint Mathematics of Planet Earth – AMSI – Melbourne Energy Institute workshop. From 15-16 July, experts in the Complex and Dynamical Systems, Geophysics, Earthquake Mechanics, Mining, Slurry Flows, Water Recovery, Bioremediation and Geotechnical Engineering came together to discuss material recycling and energy transfer in a dynamic Earth.

Significant advances in plate tectonic theory over the past 25 years have provided scientists with some understanding of how Nature continuously recycles itself. However, fundamental questions remain concerning the evolution of our planet and its dynamical processes. Unique to Earth, and distinct from neighbouring planets such as Mars and Venus, is the impact of a human modified environment. This workshop will focus on how we can best integrate modelling and observation to better understand and predict the dynamical processes of the Earth and to devise strategies for efficient use of our natural resources toward a sustainable Earth.

This workshop highlighted effective strategies for sustainable development, emphasizing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to advance fundamental understanding and to solve real world, 21st century, problems. Through this workshop, researchers from academia, federal and industry laboratories took the first step in this quest by gathering together and debating the best ways of creating a common language and framework for discovery, and to integrate data, methodologies, perspectives, and concepts across many disciplines.

“I really enjoyed the workshop a lot, scientifically and socially. Everything was perfect, you did a great job of selecting speakers, venues, food…”
– Gary Froyland, University New South Wales

“I found the event to be very stimulating and was surprised at the intensity of interdisplinary interactions. The program included speakers from fields such as groundwater flow, plate tectonics, soil and rock mechanics, biological and chemical systems, transport, geomaterials, and earthquakes.”
– Professor Louis Moresi, Monash University

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