Plan for future study of the deep Earth



We would like members of AGU's Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section to start thinking how the discipline can contribute to interdisciplinary and inter-institution projects under a Cooperative Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI) umbrella. About 100 geophysicists and geochemists took part in a workshop from September 11–12, 1992, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, to discuss and approve a plan for a nationwide CSEDI.

Starting with the 1991 Vienna IUGG meeting, a ten-member ad hoc group led by Tom Jordan of MIT, Dave Loper of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, Tallahassee, Fla., and Rick O'Connell of Harvard University met four times to devise a mechanism to encourage scientists from different disciplines within the Earth sciences to focus their efforts on solving the major unresolved problems related to the deep structure, energetics, and dynamics of the deep Earth, problems that express themselves through plate tectonics and other surface observations.