Scope of the ECMS 2011

Modern geosciences are not imaginable without spectroscopic methods. Applications of spectroscopical methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance, vibrational, optical or X-ray absorption spectroscopy etc. are now routinely utilized to solve mineralogical and petrological questions.

Its charming characteristic is the use as a local sensor to obtain site-specific properties on all kind of materials: from liquids, melts, glasses to poorly crystallized material and crystals. Apart from being a routine method in the daily life of a geoscientist the field of spectroscopy is rapidly developing, particularly in respect to spatial resolution of the various methods as well as their application to in-situ experiments.

These developments allow us to understand better the mineralogy, composition, thermal state and dynamics of the Earth’s interior. Many of these developments were possible by utilizing the synchrotron radiation sources worldwide covering a broad range of energies.

Improvements in computational spectroscopy are another objective way to test interpretations of spectra and jointly responsible for the success of spectroscopy. We look forward to interesting presentations and spirited and fruitful discussions of these developments and their applications to geosciences.