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MagIC 2017 Workshop: Earth's Magnetic Field from the Beginning MagIC hosted a workshop on January 24th-27th, 2017 at SIO in La Jolla, CA.
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2017 MagIC Workshop:

Earth's Magnetic Field from the Beginning

January 24th-27th, 2017

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UCSD, La Jolla, CA

64 Participants Registered
Sponsored by

We thank the NSF (Geophysics and Geoinformatics), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Oregon State University, and the IUGG for their support of this workshop.

Convened by

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 MagIC Workshop please contact Nick Jarboe.

Online Videos of the Talks

The talks recorded at the workshop can be found online on the YouTube channel "Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC)" found at or downloaded from ERDA database (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Program Description

On January 24th and 25th, the 2017 MagIC Workshop will offer invited keynotes, short talks, and a poster session covering a wide range of topics on the geomagnetic evolution of the Earth from 4.6 Ga to the present. On day one we focus on the early Earth. When did the geomagnetic field first form? How strong was it and how did it evolve over time? On day two we focus on the more recent evolution of the Earth's geomagnetic field. Here we focus on sediments that are critical for informing knowledge about the recent geomagnetic field and its excursions and reversals in particular.

An introduction to the workings of the MagIC Database and Website will also be given, along with brief tutorials on archiving your own data and reviewing contributions in the database.

On January 26th there will be a Hands-on MagIC Data Upload Workshop. This workshop is especially targeted to those who want to walk through the process of uploading and archiving data and learn more details of how the process works (e.g. senior graduate students, post-docs, lab managers, although others are of course also very welcome). The upload process has been upgraded to an online web service. Stand-alone GUI based programs in the PmagPy software package are now available to help in formatting data for uploading. We will discuss the new, hierarchical data model 3.0. Please see our Google spreadsheet for details and to comment on the new data model. Space is limited because of the tutorial nature and we can only accommodate up to 25 people. Please indicate during registration you wish to attend. Participants are expected to have attended days 1 and 2 of the workshop.

On January 27th the workshop will conclude with a day focusing on the PmagPy software system. An overview of the paleomagnetic analysis software will be given. Then we will work on the codebase along with discussion on the future of PmagPy. What are current contributers working on and what will be focused on in the future? We welcome anyone interested in the PmagPy ecosystem as a user or developer to attend. Please see the PmagPy paper for information on the PmagPy paleomagnetic software suite. Once again, space is limited and we can only accommodate up to 25 people, so please indicate during registration you wish to attend.

Dec. 23
Hotel Discounts
Dec. 24
Jan. 9
Abstract Submission
Jan. 24-27
2017 MagIC
Zoom Webinar

The webinar can be reached at:

Tuesday - Workshop Program
Scripps Forum - 8:15 to 21:00

This series of talks will focus on the Earth's magnetic field before the Phanerozoic. How well do paleomagnetic data determinations work this far in the past and what does the data we do have tell us?

8:15- 9:00Registration, Poster set-up, and Continental Breakfast
9:00- 9:30Cathy Constable - MagIC 2017 Workshop Welcome
9:30-10:30John Tarduno - The origin of the geodynamo and its bearing on planetary habitability
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:00Andy Biggin - Characterization of long timescale geomagnetic variations and their implications for Earth's deep interior
12:00-13:00Lunch at the Scripps Forum
13:00-13:30Aleksey Smirnov (canceled) - The long-term history of the geodynamo: A paleointensity perspective
13:30-14:30Nick Swanson-Hysell - PmagPy in action: an overview of the software project with new paleomagnetic and paleointensity results from the 1.1 billion year old Midcontinent Rift
14:30-15:00Anthony Koppers - MagIC's status and future plans
15:00-15:30Coffee Break
15:30-16:30Joshua Feinberg - Can intrusive rocks be used as recorders of Precambrian geomagnetic field strength?
16:30-17:00Chris Davies - Magnetic history of the Earth with high core conductivity
17:00-17:30Ben Weiss - Paleomagnetism of the Jack Hills rocks and zircons
17:30-21:00Poster Session and Evening Reception
Wednesday - Workshop Program
Scripps Forum - 8:15 to 17:00

Today's talks present various current topics of paleomagnetism ranging from sediments, to mineralogy, to models, to Beryllium 10.

8:15- 9:00Continental Breakfast
9:00- 9:30Dave Stegman - Requiem for the basal magma ocean dynamo
9:30-10:30Andrew Roberts - How do sediments get magnetized?
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-11:30Rupert Minnett - Introduction into searching and archiving with the MagIC database
11:30-12:00Julie Bowles - Magnetic mineralogy of in-situ oceanic gabbro: When is lower crustal magnetization acquired?
12:00-13:00Lunch at the Scripps Forum
13:00-13:30Michael Volk - Effect of static pressure on absolute paleointensity recording
13:30-14:00Mireille Perrin - Mesozoic and Cenozoic Egyptian Paleomagnetic Data, The Need for Measurement Level Data
14:00-14:30Maxwell Brown - Revisions to GEOMAGIA50.v3: A case study from the UK
14:30-15:00Posters: Last discussion and removal
15:00-15:30Coffee Break
15:30-16:00Bruce Buffett - Interpreting the paleomagnetic field using stochastic models
16:00-16:30Jean-Pierre Valet - Beryllium 10 production and paleomagnetic records during the last reversal
16:30-17:00MagIC Database Team - Concluding Remarks
Thursday - Hands-on MagIC Data Upload Workshop
9:00-12:00Jarboe, Minnett, Koppers, Tauxe - Life Skills for MagIC: Searching, Retrieving, and Uploading Data
Many different types of data can be searched for and archived in the MagIC database. In this session we will demonstrate and answer questions on the search, retrieval, and upload interfaces to the MagIC database. We will also present the new simplified 3.0 data model. (You can view, comment, and request new fields to be added to the data model by visiting our google docs page and leaving a comment. Please log in to your Google account if you would like link yourself to your comments.) Then we will take an example paper that has both paleomagnetic directions and intensities and use the MagIC upload web interface to add the paper's data to the MagIC database.
13:00-17:00Jarboe, Tauxe, Minnett, Koppers - Uploading Your Data
In this session we will help facilitate the uploading of your own data into the MagIC database. We would request that your bring your own data from past or current work if applicable and we will help you upload the data into the MagIC database. In the afternoon we will also discuss the different ways to get measurement data from your machines into the MagIC database. We wish to work with all labs to streamline the system of getting measurement data into MagIC. One of MagIC's goals is to help facilitate the preservation of measurement level data going forward. We will present an example of taking analysis and measurement data files to create a MagIC data file using the PmagPy software. Friday's "Everything PmagPy" will cover the PmagPy software suite in detail, which you may find as a useful tool for bringing your measurement data through analysis to publication and archiving at MagIC.
Friday - Everything PmagPy

Those interested in the PmagPy project will meet for a day that will include an introduction of the project, how to contribute, discussion of future features, coding, and working with data sets. PmagPy is open source software with its code on github and documentation through the PmagPy cookbook.

9:00-10:00Introduction to tools: Github, Python distribution, Jupyter
10:00-11:00Introduction to PmagPy and its structure
11:00-12:00Brainstorm about project directions/features
13:00-17:00Coding to develop PmagPy or applying PmagPy to data analysis
Poster Sessions

Posters will be up for the first two days of the workshop and there will be multiple occasions to view them. There also will be a dedicated poster session on the first day from 17:30-18:30 and during the reception afterwards. Thus there will be ample time for discussion during coffee hours, receptions, and the designated poster session.

Poster boards accommodate Poster Sizes up to 48" (high) and 70" (wide). No tacks. Tape only.

Workshop Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration is now open. You must register with MagIC first here and then pay your registration fee below.

The Registration Fee is $175. This will pay for all conference expenses and it includes catering during the conference, including continental breakfasts, cookies/tea/coffee, lunch and the Tuesday evening reception.

We would prefer you use the Eventbrite form below to pay online. If you cannot pay online, please contact Nick Jarboe ( to make other arrangements.

The deadline for abstracts for keynotes, science talks and posters is January 9, 2017. Every participant is invited to contribute an abstract to the conference volume. These abstracts may represent a discussion contribution, a poster, or can be provided by title (to be available for reference in the conference volume only). Submit your abstracts by email to Nick Jarboe.

Two pages text (1,000 words or less) with up to two pages of figures, data tables and references. All abstracts must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents or Rich Text Format (RTF) files. In addition, send us electronic copies of your diagrams in either the PS/EPS/PDF or Adobe Illustrator format. This will ensure that we can reproduce your diagrams with the best quality in the workshop volume. If you cannot easily produce these formats, please send us the diagrams as high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi) in JPEG, TIFF or GIF format. Please follow the AGU abstract format for title, addresses and text.

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Hotel Information

Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

There is a special group rate starting at $138/night. The rate is for nights of the 23rd through the 27th of Jan. Any other nights you wish to stay must be booked separately and will be at the normal hotel rates. You can book at using the group code MAGIC after clicking on the "Add special rate codes" box. You may also call 1-800-445-8667 to book your room. We have rooms reserved at this rate until December 23rd, 2016. After that date you can still use the MAGIC booking code for a discount, but we cannot gaurantee that rooms will be available.

A cab from the airport is about $45 (without tip). Uber is about $25.

It is a little less than a mile from the hotel to the Scripps Forum; a little further if you walk on the beach.

Current Participant List
Hanna Asefaw UCSD - SIO
Margaret Avery UCSD - SIO
Andrea Balbas Caltech
Elizabeth Bell UCLA
Andrew Biggin University of Liverpool
Scott Bogue Occidental College
Richard Bono University of Rochester
Caue Borlina MIT
Julie Bowles University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Maxwell Brown University of Iceland
Bruce Buffett UCB
Shuhui Cai UCSD - SIO
Brad Clement Texas A and M University
Robert Coe UCSC
Cathy Constable UCSD - SIO
Steven Constable UCSD - SIO
Geoffrey Cromwell USGS
W Daniel Heinze former CEO Applied Geophysical Software Inc currently independent geosciences research
Christopher Davies University of Leeds
Lennart de Groot Utrecht University
Luke Fairchild UCB
Joshua Feinberg University of Minnesota
Kevin Gaastra UCB
Annika Greve Victoria University of Wellington
Samuel Harris University of Bradford
Nicholas Jarboe UCSD - SIO
Leonard Johnson NSF
Shelby Jones-Cervantes UCSD - SIO
Lori Jonestrask UCSD - SIO
Dennis Kent Rutgers
Anthony Koppers OSU
Monte Marshall San Diego State University
Rupert Minnett OSU
Jonathan Mound University of Leeds
Mireille Perrin CNRS
Katerina Petronotis IODP
Ellen Platzman USC
Anne Pommier UCSD - SIO
Grant Rea-Downing University of Utah
Robin Reichlin NSF
Brendan T Reilly OSU
Andrew Roberts Australian National University
Mayuri Sadhasivan UCSD - SIO
Christeanne Santos UCSD - SIO
Gary Scott Berkeley Geochronology Center
Steven Skinner Sacramento State
Sarah Slotznick UCB
Aleksey Smirnov Michigan Technological University
Peter Solheid IRM
Courtney Sprain UCB
Sabine Stanley John Hopkins University
Dave Stegman UCSD - SIO
Joann Stock Caltech
Joe Stoner OSU
Nicholas Swanson-Hysell UCB
John Tarduno University of Rochester
Lisa Tauxe UCSD - SIO
Masako Tominaga Texas A and M
Gillian Turner Victoria University of Wellington
Jean-Pierre Valet Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Michael Volk LMU Munich
Huapei Wang China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
Benjamin Weiss MIT
Ilya Zaslavsky UCSD