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W-03 Filling in the Gaps: The Role of Multiphysics to Understand Geologic and Mineral Systems, Part 1

Gravity and Magnetics Committee and Mining Committee

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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Course Content

As demands for metals increase globally, many national governments have initiated programs toward critical mineral mapping that leverage legacy potential-field data combined with newly acquired data at national to global scales. Potential-field data provide an essential framework for integrated analysis as the gravity and magnetic data are available over reconnaissance to tectonic scales and, importantly, are most often publicly available. Synthesis of multiple geophysical data sets to image the concealed parts of the geology is crucial for a wide range of resource applications that cannot be done using a single geophysical method. They are particularly useful in mineral system studies, and given the recent shifts toward renewable energy, represent crucial data sets for mapping mineral systems that host critical metals — the crucial components for green energy solutions.

The Gravity and Magnetics Committee jointly with the Mining Committee call for papers for two half-day-long workshop featuring applications that incorporate potential-field data toward understanding various geologic and mineral systems. We encourage submissions from government, academia, and industry that demonstrate how potential fields are filling the gaps in our knowledge in understanding both commercial and noncommercial geology. Geophysical studies that integrate gravity and magnetics with radiometric, electromagnetic, thermal, and seismic methods from deposit to plate scales are encouraged. This session will have a hybrid structure of oral presentations mixed with posters and will feature several keynote speakers. We invite the community of geophysical service companies, government agencies, industry, and academia, particularly students, to this distinct and engaging session in order to share experience and engender new collaborations.

  • Keynote: Climate-Smat Mining: The Mineral Intensity of the Low-Carbon: Future: Daniele LaPorta, World Bank
  • Geologic and supply chain limits of strategic minerals: Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University
  • Materials First: Building Robust Supply Chains for Future Pathways:Michelle Michot Foss. Rice University
  • Identifying and prioritizing mineral commodities critical to the U.S. economy and national security: Nedal Nessar, USGS
  • Lithospheric Controls on Critical Mineral Systems: Karol Czarnota, Geoscience Australia
  • Discussion


IMAGE '21 Workshop Pass
Non-Member Fee: $229
Member Fee: $129
Non-Member Students: $59
Member Students: $39

All Postconvention Workshops will be virtual. The Workshop Pass includes access to any or all postconvention workshops.


W-03 Filling in the Gaps: The Role of Multiphysics to Understand Geologic and Mineral Systems, Part 1
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States


Ben Drenth Ben Drenth 2021-2021 Lead Organizer, USGS, USA
Edward Karl Biegert Edward Biegert 2021-2021 Lead Organizer, Rice University, USA
Anne McCafferty Anne McCafferty 2021-2021 USGS, USA
Andrea Balza Andrea Balza 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela
Simon Gozzard Simon Gozzard 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, ION Geophysical, England
Irina  Filina Irina Filina 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, University of Nebraska, USA
Ken Witherly Ken Witherly 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Condor Consultants
Glenn Chubak Glenn Chubak 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Dias Geophysical, Canada