SSA 2024 session: Translating Seismic Imaging into Geodynamic Understanding

Dear colleagues,

We want to draw your attention to the session "Translating Seismic Imaging into Geodynamic Understanding" at the Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America, which aims at increasing the exchange between the seismology and geodynamics communities to explore Earth’s and planetary interiors and dynamics in a multidisciplinary way. We welcome contributions from, but not limited to, using seismic observations and tomographic models to explain multi-scale geodynamical processes as well as addressing computational and technical challenges to combine seismological and geodynamical results and workflows to facilitate multidisciplinary studies.

SSA will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, from April 29 to May 3, 2024. The deadline for abstract submission is January 10, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time). Please see the abstract of the session below and visit the SSA website (Submit an Abstract - Annual Meeting 2024) for additional information on abstract submission, visas, and travel grants.

Look forward to seeing you and your research results in Anchorage in spring!

Best regards from the conveners,

Lorraine J. Hwang, University of California, Davis (

Ebru Bozdag, Colorado School of Mines (

Rebecca Fildes, University of California, Davis (

Menno Fraters, University of Florida (

Andrew Lloyd, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (

Brandon VanderBeek, Università di Padova (

Translating Seismic Imaging into Geodynamic Understanding

Seismic imaging provides valuable information about the subsurface of the Earth. Travel times and waveforms from natural and controlled sources can be used to construct 2D and 3D velocity, attenuation and anisotropy models of the Earth’s interior from the core to the crust. These seismically determined quantities are subsequently interpreted into physical properties and integrated into geodynamic models to explore a wide range of dynamical processes to understand Earth’s past, present and future evolution. This session seeks to increase the exchange between seismic and geodynamic model communities to better understand data and model uses and limitations. Contributions that explore applications of seismic imaging results in computational models that increase our understanding of Earth dynamics, model uncertainty and data resolution, and software tools used to construct model data are welcome. This includes but not limited to dynamics of the deep Earth including core-mantle interaction, mantle convection and mantle plumes; dynamics of the lithosphere including subduction zones, rifting and glacial isostatic adjustment; and dynamics of the crust including fault, geothermal and volcanic systems.