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Welcome to the CSDMS 2013 annual meeting

CSDMS 2.0: Moving Forward

March 23-25th 2013 Boulder Colorado, USA

Registration deadline: February 14th, 2013


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Objectives and general description

The CSDMS Meeting 2013 is designed to launch CSDMS 2.0 and shape its direction through engaging on the technical and community challenges over the next five years.

The meeting includes: 1) State-of-the art keynote presentations in earth-surface dynamics and modeling; 2) Hands-on clinics related to community models, tools and approaches; 3) Transformative software products and approaches designed to be accessible, easy to use, and relevant; 4) New community initiatives to advance earth-surface process modeling across many disciplines; 5) Breakout sessions for Working and Focus Research Groups to update their strategic plans and define their long, medium and short term goals; 6) Poster Sessions; and more.

Updated Program Schedule

Keynote speakers:

John Atkinson
A Coupled ADCIRC and SWAN model of Hurricane Surge and Waves.
This presentation will briefly introduce the formulation, numerics, and parallel implementation of the coastal circulation model ADCIRC, discuss the strategy of coupling with the SWAN wave model, and provide background on recent enhancements of the bottom-friction formulation. Several recent applications of the coupled modeling system will be presented.
Katy Barnhart
University of Colorado
Arctic Coastal Modeling
Chris Duffy
Penn State University
PIHM model
Michael Eldred
Sandia NL
DAKOTA model
Courtney Harris
ROMS & biogeochemistry coupling
Kathy Hibbard
Pacific Northwest NL
Integrated Assessment Modeling
Louis Moresi
Monash University
Jaap Nienhuis
Growth and Abandonment: Quantifying First-order Controls on Wave Influenced Deltas.
What determines the style of river delta growth? How do deltas change after fluvial sediment supply is cut off? River delta evolution is characterized by the progradation and transgression of individual (deltaic) lobes: the delta cycle. We investigate the behaviour of wave-influenced deltas with a simple shoreline model, and quantitatively relate several first-order controls.
Mark Schmeeckle
Arizona State University
Turbulence- and Particle-Resolving Numerical Modeling of Sediment Transport.
Turbulence, bedload, and suspended sediment transport are directly simulated by a coupled large eddy simulation of the fluid and a distinct element method for every sediment grain. This modeling system directly calculates the motion of all grains by resolved turbulence structures. The model directly calculates modification of the flow and turbulence by the grains, such as the effects of grain momentum extraction and density stratification. Simulations such as these can be used in the future to parameterize sediment transport in large-scale morphodynamic simulations.
Mauro Werder
Simon Fraser University
Glacier Modeling


Peter Burgess & Chris Jenkins
Royal Holloway, UK & Univ. of Co.
Carbonate clinic
Gary Clow
WRF clinic
CSDMS staff
University of Colorado
BMI clinic
CSDMS staff
University of Colorado
CMT clinic
Thomas Hauser & Monte Lunacek
University of Colorado
Python for Matlab users clinic
Mary Hill
Toward Transparent, Refutable Hydrologic Models in Kansas or Oz.
Numerical models are critical to integrating knowledge and data for environmental systems and understanding future consequences of management decisions, weather variability, climate change, and so on. To attain the transparency and refutability needed to understand predictions and uncertainty and use models wisely, this clinic presents a strategy that emphasizes fundamental questions about model adequacy, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty evaluation, and consistent use of carefully designed metrics. Emphasizing fundamental questions reveals practical similarities in methods with widely varying theoretical foundations and computational demands. In a field where models take seconds to months for one forward run, a credible strategy must include frugal methods for those in Kansas who can only afford 10s to 100s of highly parallelizable model runs in addition to demanding methods for those in Oz who can afford to do 10,000s to 1,000,000s of model runs. Advanced computing power notwithstanding, people may be in Kansas because they have chosen complex, high-dimensional models, want quick insight into individual models, and/or need systematic comparison of many alternative models. This class will briefly review the fundamental questions, demonstrate relations between existing theoretical approaches, and address challenges and limitations. Students will be able to examine a model constructed using FUSE and compare results from computationally frugal method evaluations conducted in class and demanding methods for which results are provided.
Xiaofeng Liu
UT San Antonio
Modeling of Earth Surface Dynamics and Related Problems using OpenFOAM®.
This clinic aims to introduce the open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) platform, OpenFOAM®, to the earth surface dynamics research community and to foster collaborations. OpenFOAM® is essentially a computational toolbox which solves general physical models (differential equations) using finite volume method. This short clinic is tailored to be suitable for an audience at various levels (from beginners to experienced code developers). It will provide an overview of OpenFOAM. We will demonstrate its usage in a variety of applications, including hydrodynamics, sedimentation, groundwater flows, buoyant plumes, etc. Participants can also bring the problems in their fields of interest and explore ways to solve them in OpenFOAM®. Knowledge of C++, object-oriented programming, and parallel computing is not required but will be helpful.
Eckart Meiburg & students
University of California, SB
Helena Mitasova
North Carolina State Univ.
Grass clinic
Ad Reniers
University of Miami
Xbeach clinic
Hari Rajaram
University of Colorado
Numerical Methods clinic


Interested to see who registered already for the meeting?

Preliminary list of participants as of today:


Within its budget, CSDMS intends to support member applicants to attend the annual meeting. Towards this goal, we encourage members to fully or partially cover their expenses if capable. We additionally thank those in the industry and agency fields for understanding that 1) we cannot compensate federal agency participants since our own funding is from NSF, and 2) we request that our industrial/ corporate participants cover their own costs thereby allowing more academic participants to attend.

To the extent possible, CSDMS intends to reimburse the registration fee, lodging (shared rooms at 100% and single rooms at 50% at Millennium Harvest House Hotel), and a limited amount of travel expenses of qualified registrants - those members who have attended all three days of the meeting and are not industry or federal employees.

Registration by 14 February 2013 is required to secure your space at the meeting and your accommodations at the meeting hotel. There are limited number of rooms at a discounted rate being held by the Millennium Harvest House Hotel, Boulder. (Note: The discounted rate is only available via this website registration.) We ask that you register as soon as possible.

Important for foreign travelers requesting reimbursment: First, we require you to travel on a business visa. If you need an invitation letter, please email Marlene soonest. Also indicate whether specific wording is required in the letter. Second, we will need to copy the entry stamp in your passport sometime during the meeting as proof that you were here on business as required by US tax laws for reimbursement (especially when dealing with airfare.)

Student Scholarships

We are happy to announce the recipients of the Graduate Student Scholarships: Abed Benaichouche (Ecole des mines de Paris); Liz Olhsson (UC Berkeley); Samuel Roy (U Maine); Jun Cheng (U South Florida); Rebecca Caldwell (Indiana U); Nathan Lyons (N. Carolina State U); Alejandra Ortiz (MIT/WHOI); Qian Zhang (Johns Hopkins); Jeremy Kerr (CU-Boulder); Anna Kelbert (Oregon State U); and Phu Nguyen (UC Irvine). They are guaranteed a spot at the annual meeting which is open to all CSDMS members based upon a first-come/first-served completion and payment of registration. We look forward to their participation.

To be eligible, graduate students needed to have met the following requirements:

  • Attend the whole meeting (3 days)
  • Submit an abstract
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at the time of the meeting (bring proof)
  • Submit a letter of motivation that states why you wish to participate in the meeting

The CSDMS scholarships include reimbursement of:

  • Registration costs
  • Travel (air fare ONLY within the United States and local transport)
  • Per diem to help reimburse the cost of meals from 23-25 March 2013 not offered in the conference schedule

To be considered, scholarship applications were to have been sent to Marlene Lofton: before January 14th, 2013.