Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Earth forum
in Scotland to host
3 UH scientists

Star-Bulletin staff

Three University of Hawaii at Manoa scientists will participate in a global symposium on "Earth Systems Processes" June 24-28 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

University of Hawaii

They are Stephen Martel, associate professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics; Fred Mackenzie, professor of oceanography and geology and geophysics, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; and Geoffrey Garrison, graduate assistant in SOEST.

The Geological Societies of America and London are convening the conference, bringing scientists of different disciplines together to discuss the earth's processes and evolution.

Giving keynote speeches will be Aubrey Manning, emeritus professor of natural history and renowned zoologist who created the BBC documentary series "Earth Story," and Geoffrey Boulton, Regius professor of geology and Earth scientist known for his holistic view of Earth processes and history.

Martel's talk, "Growth of Normal Faults to the Surface in Basalt," will revolve around observations of faults, fissures and scarps on Kilauea volcano and how they developed.

Mackenzie will discuss "Global Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Biogeochemical Cycles: Human Modifications, Feedbacks and Climate Change." He will present model calculations on how those elements have affected Earth's climate, water and soil and project the effects to the year 2040.

Garrison's topic will be "Sea Level Change and Deforestation on the Ewa Plain of Oahu during Polynesian Settlement: A Case for Coincidence." He will focus on causes for the deforestation and change in climate on the Ewa Plain, suggesting deforestation resulted from a change in sea level rather than the Polynesians' arrival between 600 and 1,300 years ago.

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