PRF2022 was a 5-day, NSF-sponsored, GSA Penrose Conference dedicated to bringing together - in person - scientists from Rock Physics, Surface Processes, Soil Science, Stone Heritage, Critical Zone Sciences, Planetary Sciences and Geoengineering discliplines in order to open new doors to a myriad of concepts, applications and validations of all geologic work related to rock fracture.
Specifically, we are leading PRF2022 under the assertion that all natural Earth and planetary surface systems - as well as multifarious constituents of the built environment - are intimately tied to the progressive - subcritical - growth of fractures in rock. We are excited to discuss and debate this idea and its ramifications to a wide range of research topics.
To further foster a sense of belonging at the conference, we will implement a mentoring scheme in advance of the conference.
The conference will also host an artist-in-residence - Melissa Riker dancer and choreographer.
Field, laboratory and modeling approaches are all encouraged.
We welcome a full range of
abstract topics -
including but not limited to:
Climate/Environmental dependence of fracture
Fracturing Processes: theory and observations
Landforms, erosion, and/or landscape evolution tied to rock fracture, including: Rivers, Arches, Erosion Rates, Landslides/Rockfalls, Planetary Processes, Hillslopes
Geotechnical issues related to rock fracture
Crack-tip chemo-physical processes of subcritical fracture.
Building stone preservation related to rock fracture and vice versa
Fracture and stresses related to Topography/Tectonics/Gravity
Fracture and Stresses related to climate, freezing, thermal conditions, biological processes, salts, chemical Processes
Natural Hazards related to rock fracture
The PRF2022 Conference has ended!
PRF2022 was located at the Highland Lake Inn and Resort, in Flatrock, NC, USA,
June 20-24th, 2022.
PRF2022 comprised a 5-day conference of 80+ interdisciplinary, world-wide scientists hailing from countries including New Zealand, Italy, UK, France, and Chile as well as an Artist in Residence from the Kinesis Project, an NYC & Seattle Based Dance Company
The full PRF2022 Conference Program will be made publically available starting in January 2023.
Stay tuned here for a link.
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