COURSES

COURSEs

Course 1

Contact

Broder J. Merkel

Associate Editor
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany 

Water-rock interaction modeling with PHREEQC

15 November 2018


Water-rock interactions are important for many processes on earth. Some of them are fast while others are rather slow in view of reaction kinetics. Sorption as an example is normally always rather fast (minutes to hours until equilibrium is reached) while precipitation or solution of minerals covers a huge range from hours to geological times (thousands of years). Models based on kinetics are costly in terms of CPU time and do need site specific reaction rates for all processes. On contrary models based on thermodynamics are less costly and utilize commonly available log-K values for chemical reactions. Thus combining both thermodynamics and kinetics is often a feasible approach to simulate actual situations and problems. PHREEQC is used in this short course to demonstrate how certain problems can be solved.


Course 2

Contact

Dorrik Stow

Guest of Editorial Board
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Facies, Architecture and Petroleum Significance

15 November 2018


Scientific understanding of processes, sediments and architecture in the deep sea is advancing rapidly. Turbidite reservoirs are currently the principal target for oil and gas exploration, with over 1600 existing fields, whereas contourites are the petroleum play of the future. Improved geohazards mapping in deepwater is vital, especially as over 90% of internet communications is via submarine cables. This course will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the very complex deep marine system. It will outline the processes and facies and how they evolve on the slope and in the open ocean; discuss how these facies build into distinctive architectural elements and how they can be recognized in the subsurface, using seismic records, wireline logs and borehole cores. Both modern seafloor and ancient outcrop analogues provide quantifiable attributes for the component elements of deepwater systems. Examples from deepwater hydrocarbon plays around the world will be used as case studies. Participants may bring their own datasets and questions for a final discussion session.


Course 3

Contact

Maurizio Barbieri

Associate Editor
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy 

Application of stable isotopes in environmental tracer studies

15 November 2018


Stable isotopes are being increasingly applied in earth sciences to study environmental-related processes. This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of stable isotopes in earth and environmental sciences. In particular, isotope-based methodologies have become well established within the hydrological community for water resource assessment, development and management, and are now an integral part of many water quality and environmental studies. These methodologies usually rely on "tracing" either isotope species naturally occurring in water (environmental isotopes) or on isotope tracers intentionally introduced into them. The list of stable isotopes that has important implications for water resources management has grown in recent years. In this context, the course will give an opportunity to explore some of stable isotopes techniques with examples and applications.


Course 4

Contact

Hesham M. El-Askary

Guest of Editorial Board
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations,
Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, USA

Observations of the Earth’s Spheres and the Changing Climate

15 November 2018


There is no point in denying climate change. We are living in a dynamic interactive system made up by a series of spheres namely, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, and the biosphere. We just focus on global warming, rising temperature and CO2 emissions! What about the domino effect in our fragile Earth system? This course will briefly discuss different aspects of these effects associated with the above mentioned spheres of the Earth system, how they interact to shape the environment in which we live? and how they are affected by our changing climate? Remote Sensing and Earth observations concepts will be employed and discussed to show how we can benefit from them.


Course 5: Role of the Raman & IR Spectroscopy in Mineralogy (cancelled)



Workshops

Workshop 1

Contact

François Roure

Scientific Committee Chair
Guest of Editorial Board
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
IFP – Energies Nouvelles, France

Contact

Sami Khomsi

Guest of Editorial Board
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia  

From basin-scale to crustal and lithospheric architecture of the Maghrebides and their Atlasic-Saharan foreland: Needs for coupled deep seismic soundings and tomography

15 November 2018


Since the mid 80ies, national and international deep seismic reflection profiles have provided unique controls on the Moho and crustal architecture beneath sedimentary basins, tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands, mostly in North America and Europe. More recent and still ongoing 3D mantle and crustal tomography programs based on 3D passive seismic recording have also documented lateral seismic anisotropies and vertical seismic reversals in tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands. They provide accurate velocity models which can also be used for depth conversion and processing of more conventional reflection profiles. Mantle tomography has been successful in documenting the vertical and lateral extent of lithospheric slabs and crustal delamination. The lack of such deep controls in North African tectonic wedges and adjacent forelands still precludes any prospection of deep plays. For instance, deep seismic soundings profiles would be of huge interest for better controlling the geodynamic and thermal evolution of North African sedimentary basins, for unlocking new exploration objectives, as well as better documenting the deep architecture of active fault systems. Therefore, the aim of this roundtable is to stimulate the interest of both national and international research teams, agencies and companies for these topics, and to investigate the possibilities to launch ambitious North African crustal imagery projects.


This workshop is supported by The International Lithosphere Program (ILP).


Workshop 2: Late Jurassic-Cretaceous Rudist palaeobiology and applications: Progress and prospects (cancelled)


Workshop 3

Contact

Nabil Khélifi

Senior Editor, MENA program
Springer, Germany

How to prepare a successful scientific paper

15 November 2018


Publication must be seen as an important, if not the most important, part of the research process. However, writing research papers for academic journals is not easy and is also very competitive. After producing data and generating ideas from your research, how do you write a clear and concise paper that attracts the attention of journal editors? How should you prepare a cover letter? How should you respond to reviewer reports? A Senior Publishing Editor from Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany shares his advice during three hours on how to effectively write and structure your paper, prepare a cover page and respond to reviewers’ comments.


Workshop 4

Contact

Amjad Kallel

Assistant Editor
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
ENIS, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Step-by-step process for the submission and handling of manuscripts on the Editorial Manager system

15 November 2018


Research papers submitted for publication in academic journals require fastidious tasks through a long pathway until the day of publication. Journal editors are the hub of the process and have to handle many submissions without sacrificing quality and integrity of the journal. In addition, editors still have to carefully check whether the research being reported have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. Submission/evaluating systems such as Editorial Manager (EM) are used by many journal editors allowing them to handle several hundreds of submissions each year. How to efficiently use and manipulate the various features of EM from an initial submission until rendering a final decision (technical check and similarity report, targeting/inviting relevant reviewers, responding to authors queries, following up with associate editors and reviewers, etc.)? This short course intends to present/discuss the main steps for a successful editing process: What should be done and how it is done?