Rift to Ridge '07: 28-29 June 2007
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

A workshop dedicated to North Atlantic rift - drift evolution under the influence of the Iceland Hotspot








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Fundamental scientific question to be addressed

How does a hotspot influence the development of an oceanic basin from rifting through to mid-ocean ridge spreading?

Why is this important?

  • Mantle influence on rifting and break-up geometries
  • Understanding mantle circulation and hotspot phenomena
  • Consequences for crustal-scale horizontal and vertical tectonics
  • Influence on the structure of oceanic crust and the geometry of seafloor spreading
  • Determine linkages between basin evolution and oceanographic circulation, and thus to climate change


Rationale of meeting

  • To summarize the current 'state-of-knowledge' in the field.
  • To consider the fundamental scientific questions that remain to be addressed?
  • To identify existing data resources, where they are, who owns them and how to access them?


Anticipated aims and outcomes of meeting

  • To suggest, plan and coordinate current and future IODP drilling proposals for the North East Atlantic.
  • To coordinate with ongoing and future data acquisition programmes in the North Atlantic
  • To develop a coordinated and joined-up international strategy to address the the wider questions of hotspot-influenced ocean basin evolution.
  • To stimulate scientific proposals to national funding agencies e.g. NERC, NSF.
  • To identify funding agencies and resources (e.g. IODP, InterRidge, EUFP7, NSF, NERC etc.).
  • To forge links with potential industrial partners with the aim of enabling the research (e.g. site survey resources, existing well data, etc.).


Meeting agenda

28 June 2007

  • Keynote talks summarising the state-of-knowledge for the region, the key geological processes, and planned research activities.
  • Plenary session to identify major outstanding questions. 

29 June 2007

  • Plenary session to recap on major outstanding questions and arrange break-out groups and chairs. 
  • Breakout workshop sessions covering each of 5 themes:
    • Theme 1: The Iceland hotspot: origins and influences
    • Theme 2: Origin and evolution of the Iceland Plateau  
    • Theme 3: Ridge-hotspot interaction
    • Theme 4: Rift dynamics and continental break-up geometry 
    • Theme 5: Basin evolution and influences on ocean circulation
  • Plenary session to identify a coordinated strategy (e.g. IODP, InterMargins, InterRidge and national funding including Europe)
  • Identify work packages and task people to lead proposals in those areas

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Prof. Godfrey Fitton (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Prof. Gillian Foulger (University of Durham, UK)
  • Dr. Stephen Jones (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Prof. John Hopper (Texas A& M, USA)
  • Dr. Erik Lundin (Statoil ASA, Norway)
  • Prof. James Wright (Rutgers, USA)
  • Prof. Garrett Ito (University of Hawaii, USA)
  • Bryndís Brandsdóttir (University of Iceland)
  • Dr Nicky White (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Michael Larsen (Dong Energy, Denmark)

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Meeting venue

The meeting will be held at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. NOCS is located on the waterfront, about 10 minutes' walk from Southampton city centre. Click here for a map of how to find NOCS.


There are a number of hotels within walking distance of NOCS and close to restaurants and City Centre shops, listed below. The hotels closest to NOCS are Holiday Inn and De Vere Grand Harbour (5-10 minutes' walk). The Dolphin and Star hotels are approximately 10-15 minutes' walk away; Jurys Inn and Premier Travel Inn are approximately 20-25 minutes' walk.

Holiday Inn Southampton (3*)
Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton
Tel: +44 870 400 9073
Fax: +44 23 8033 2510
Website: www.holiday-inn.com
Rooms from £85/night

De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel (5*)
West Quay Road, Southampton
Tel: +44 23 8063 3033
Fax: +44 23 8063 3066
E-mail: grandharbour@devere-hotels.com
Website: www.deveregrandharbour.co.uk
Rooms from £140/night

The Dolphin Hotel (3*)
High Street, Southampton
Tel: +44 23 8033 9955
Fax: +44 23 8022 4348
E-mail: enquiries@thedolphin.co.uk
Website: www.reservations@thedolphin.co.uk
Rooms from £80/night

The Star Hotel (2*)
High Street, Southampton
Tel: +44 23 80339939
Fax: +44 23 8033 5291
Email: enquiries@thestarhotel.com
Website: www.starhotel.co.uk
Rooms from £65/night

Jurys Inn
1 Charlotte Place
Tel:+44 23 8037 1111
Fax: +44 23 8037 1100
Email: jurysinnsouthampton@jurysdoyle.com
Website: www.jurysinns.com
Rooms from £69/night

Premier Travel Inn Southampton
Southampton City Centre
New Road
Tel: +44 870 238 3308
Fax: +44 23 8033 8395
Website: www.preimertravelinn.com
Rooms from £60/night

Travel to Southampton

By air
Southampton Airport is served by flights from a number of European cities, and is a 15 minute taxi ride from NOCS (taxi available from the desk next to the exit to the terminal building). Flight schedules and airport information can be found on the Southampton Airport website.

London Heathrow airport is connected to Southampton by coach and train. A bus link connects Heathrow to the nearby town of Woking, where regular trains are available to Southampton (you may have to change trains at Basingstoke - please check this before you start your journey). Passengers travelling from Heathrow using this RailAirLink route can purchase combined coach and rail tickets from the desks located in the arrivals hall in each of the terminal buildings. Alternatively, a coach service operated by National Express departs regularly from all four Heathrow terminals. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours and is cheaper than the train (currently £18 return ticket, depending on time of travel). The coach station is located in central Southampton (see map below), and tickets can be purchased in advance on the National Express website.

London Gatwick airport has a regular train service to Southampton departing from the Souther Terminal. You are likely to have to change trains en route, so be sure to check before you depart. If your flight lands at the North Terminal, there is a shuttle train between the terminal buildings. National Express coach services also operate from Gatwick Airport to Southampton; journey time is approximately 3 hours.

**Please note that there are two rail stations in Southampton: Southampton Central is in the city centre and is closest to NOCS and city hotels; Southampton Parkway is a little way outside the main city, adjacent to Southampton Airport.**

By train from London
Southampton is less than 1.5 hours from central London by rail. There are several trains every hour from Waterloo Station, London to Southampton Central station. For train times, visit the National Rail website.

By coach from London
National Express operates a regular coach service from London Victoria to Southampton coach station. For more details and timetables, visit the National Express website.