The scientific challenges and the level of complexity that we can address in Earth and space science are rapidly advancing, thanks to novel analytical methods and applications of existing methods in geochemistry. These provide unprecedented accuracy in atomic scale measurements and modeling. Here, growing data and supercomputing resources provide a foundation to study large-scale trends in Earth science processes, as well as emerging data science methods provide a roadmap for exploring, quantifying, and making predictions in complex, multidimensional Earth and planetary systems. These methods include experimental, analytical, computational, mathematical, integrative, and hybrid approaches. We are now at a tipping point in which the complexity of natural phenomena can be harnessed and understood through emerging multi-scale, cross-disciplinary approaches.
This theme welcomes sessions demonstrating the development, application, and scientific results of novel methods across all sub-disciplines of Earth and planetary sciences. It aims at showcasing broadly all aspects of geochemistry (e.g., nano-, micro-, and meso-scale analyses of rocks, minerals, mineral surfaces and interfaces; geologic and mineralogic processes and properties; integrative studies linking geochemical observation to other fields of study) and the development of innovative experimental, analytical, and numerical methods, techniques, and data resources.
Sessions within this theme will focus on new frontiers in experimental and sample analysis instrumentation and/or numerical approaches to sample analysis, modeling or data processing; contributions highlighting innovative data analytics, data mining, data visualization methods, data resources, cyberinfrastructure, and data stewardship; and contributions showcasing the application of new or existing methodologies to geochemical problems and the results thereof.