The Thermo conference format has evolved continuously over the years to meet the needs of the community. This iteration will focus on the integration of thermochronology theory and practice, and encourage interaction across disciplines and generations. The program will include a varied suite of keynote and invited speakers as well as a diverse set of student presentations. It will promote interactivity and engagement via increased emphasis on poster sessions, breakouts, and community discussion to facilitate brainstorming that will chart the next chapters of thermochronometry.
The meeting will be organized around the following broad themes:
- Fission-track: theory, nuts & bolts, and best & new practices
including image capture, LA-ICP-MS measurements, etching, multi-kinetics
- (U-Th)/He: theory, nuts & bolts, and best & new practices
including 4He/3He, laser ablation, kinetics, ramped heating, radiation damage, imaging
- Additional noble gas and solid state thermochronometers
including Ar/Ar, U-Pb, and trapped-charge thermochronometry; speedometry; and associated fields
- Integration and intersection
using thermochronometers individually and in concert to solve geologic problems through analysis, modeling, and linkages to allied fields such as petrochronology
- Data handling and management, big data, and statistics
including repositories and archiving data, metadata, and derivative products; publication standards; juxtaposing methods; dealing with dispersion; quantifying what is gained or lost with variable degrees of calibration and characterization; what’s next?