Hydrogeophysics Workshop


SEG-AGU 2013

Cryosphere Geophysics: Understanding a Changing Climate with Subsurface Imaging

Registration now open!

6-8 January 2013
Boise, Idaho, USA

Important Dates:

29 November 2012 - Advanced registration deadline

7 December 2012 - Housing reservation deadline

The earth's cold regions present perhaps the most diverse set of geophysical problems of any earth system. We must understand the influence of water in all its phases on the dynamics and thermodynamics of snow, ice and frozen soil masses whose geophysical properties can change dramatically on time scales from hours to millennia. This workshop will exchange concepts and ideas on the development and application of geophysical exploration methods to problems in the changing Cryosphere relating to snow, sea ice, permafrost, glaciers and ice sheets. We will focus mainly on how various methods of subsurface imaging can help monitor changes in the Cryosphere and thus elucidate the consequences of a changing climate. These changes may include the mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers, active layer depth and extent, the state and depth of terrestrial and offshore permafrost, and the mass budget and state of sea ice and the seasonal snow cover. The workshop will also highlight advances in geophysical methods, especially as may be relevant to resource development, environmental hazard monitoring and assessment, and bridging the gap between development and practical application of geophysical technology.

We invite papers that investigate all aspects of cold regions subsurface imaging and extraction of in situ petrophysical properties.

Contributions may include:

  1. Case histories of the use of seismic, electrical and electromagnetic, gravity, and magnetic methods in the Cryosphere.
  2. Applications of remote sensing methods to aid interpretation of subsurface images, such as airborne and satellite observations.
  3. Advances in established methods and new approaches for subsurface imaging.
  4. Advances in established methods and new approaches for estimation of material properties from subsurface images as well as from in situ and ground truth petrophysical data sets.
  5. Operational advances in extreme environments and over more challenging temporal and spatial resolutions and scales.

Authors should prepare a 4 page extended abstract and plan to give an oral presentation of their paper. In addition, there will be an interactive session designed to provide participants feedback on problem datasets or problematic interpretations. Authors participating in this session will have the opportunity to upload data for analysis and review by other participants prior to the workshop. Additional poster sessions may be added depending on the number of paper submissions.

Homework Session
The workshop will host a "homework" session for which we encourage participants (particularly students) to submit a data set in need of interpretation by the registration deadline (29 November). We prefer the data set in pdf format, a brief description of the location, metadata (time, distance, depth coordinates) and the purpose for recording the data. We ask that the data set be one for which the participant has had difficulty finding an interpretation, is willing to share, and would like other observations and opinions. We will circulate these sets to all participants and ask for their comments in advance. During the session we will then focus on those submissions for which there were the most responses, but will circulate all of them. For example, the participant might submit a 100-m-long 100-MHz GPR profile recorded over continuous permafrost, for which the objective was to find the bedrock interface. However, the profile shows no obvious interpretation of bedrock horizons and the participant would like to know how to interpret the record.

Abstract requirement for the homework session: Please submit a brief (300 words or less) description of your data set and problem. If your abstract is accepted, we will provide you with instructions for uploading your images and/or data.

Workshop process

  1. The committee will review applications and papers to determine acceptance.
  2. If you have been accepted you will be notified by 15 October.
  3. Once you have been accepted you will receive registration and housing information by e-mail.
  4. Register and pay the fee to attend the workshop.
  5. Make housing reservations with the hotel.
  6. Enjoy the workshop and make some great contacts.

The meeting will be held at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, USA.

Hotel rooms have been reserved at The Grove Hotel at a rate of USD $99 per night plus tax. To reserve your room, call 1-888-961-5000 and identify yourself as being with the SEG meeting to get the group rate. You may also make your reservations online here. Use the code SEGEO when booking online. Reservation requests must be made by 7 December 2012 in order to qualify for the group rate.

Meeting Format
The meeting will comprise a selection of oral presentations. In addition, there will be an interactive session designed to provide participants feedback on problem datasets or problematic interpretations. Poster sessions may be added depending on the number of submissions received.

Sunday, 6 January - Registration and Ice Breaker Reception
Monday, 7 January and Tuesday, 8 January - Sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday morning and afternoon. The workshop will include a dinner on Monday evening.

Workshop Participants
A presentation is not a requirement in order to be accepted for registration; however, direct participation is required by all attendees through discussion. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the conference facilities, then preference will be given to presenters. Capacity for this workshop is 100 participants.

All registration rates will be published when the acceptance letters are sent out by 15 October.

Student Registration
Students are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts. We anticipate having funding available to subsidize registration costs for students. Preference will be given to students who give a presentation.

Visa information invitation letters:

Participants in this workshop may generate an official invitation letter using the form below.

For those whose company or organization is planning on sending more than one individual to the workshop, additional documentation may be required for scheduling an appointment with the local American embassy. If additional assistance is required, fill out a separate invitation letter for each individual requesting a visa using the form below. Each invitation letter has a unique reference number. Produce one cover letter listing all individuals requesting a visa. The letter must include the following information for each individual:

  • name
  • passport number
  • date and place of birth
  • nationality as it appears on the passport
  • reference number from the invitation letter

Fax these forms together with the cover letter printed on the group's official stationery to +1.918.497.5557, attention Visa Letter Assistance.

Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States.

If you have any questions about this form or the letter it generates, please send us an e-mail.

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Organizing committee:
John Bradford, Chairman (Boise State University), Steven Arcone (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab), Hajo Eicken (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Hans-Peter Marshall (Boise State University)

SEG meeting planner:
Amy Watson