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- 2 Introduction
- 3 Participants
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- 5 Travel, Lodging and Conference Center Information
- 6 Pre-conference events
- 7 Student Scholarships and travel awards
- 8 Important dates
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The meeting will bring together experts in earth surface process modeling in a three-day hands-on workshop to identify challenges in bridging boundaries in our current process understanding, both fundamentally in the earth surface processes as well as in the modeling approaches and technology. This includes interdisciplinary boundaries and how best to identify and address these numerically.
The CSDMS3.0 - Bridging Boundaries 2019 Annual Meeting aims to:
- Identify new frontiers in fundamental process understanding of the earth surface. New algorithms, cyberinfrastructure development and new model couplings appear paramount to explore important process dynamics and linkages.
- Identify critical missing components in our ability to overcome model and process boundaries.
- Build researcher-to-researcher connections. Better connect earth surface process modelers with modelers of primary and secondary forcings, as well as social sciences and engineers to allow exploration of the human dimensions in earth surface processes.
As in past meetings, keynote speakers are by invitation only, and poster presentations are the general media. The meeting will include:
- State-of-the art keynote presentations in earth-surface dynamics
- Hands-on clinics related to community models, tools and approaches
- Transformative software products and approaches designed to be accessible, easy to use, and relevant
- Breakout sessions
- Poster Sessions
- Consider signing up for the pre-conference training sessions as well. See below for more information on these.
Poster Information: The poster boards are configured for 4' wide by 6' tall (portrait orientation) posters.
Click here to view the draft agenda as of 03/14/2019.
In this talk I will present a scalable modeling approach, based on the CryoGrid land surface model, to investigate the degradation of ice-wedges. The numerical model takes into account lateral fluxes of heat, water, and snow between different topographic units of polygonal tundra and simulates topographic changes resulting from melting of excess ground ice (i.e., thermokarst), and from lateral erosion of sediment. We applied the model to investigate the influence of hydrological conditions on the development of different types of ice-wedge polygons in a study area in northern Siberia. We further used projections of future climatic conditions to confine the evolution of ice-wedge polygons in a changing climate, and assessed the amount of organic matter which could thaw under different scenarios. In a related study for a study site in northern Alaska, we demonstrated that the model setup can be used to study the effect of infrastructure on the degradation of ice-wedges.Altogether, our modeling approach can be seen as a blueprint to investigate complexly inter-related processes in ice-rich permafrost landscapes, and marks a step forward towards an improved representation of these landscapes in large-scale land surface models.
In this clinic we will cover the basics of model calibration including: (1) determining an appropriate objective function, (2) major classes of calibration algorithms, (3) interpretation of results.In the hands-on portion of the the clinic, we will apply multiple calibration algorithms to a simple test case. For this, we will use Dakota, a package that supports the application of many different calibration algorithms.
This clinic will introduce deep learning methods for semantic segmentation of fluvial sedimentary landforms and riparian environments, using high-resolution aerial imagery. Deep neural networks are the current state-of-the-art for discrete classification of remotely sensed imagery from Earth observation platforms. The clinic will guide users through the process of preparing training datasets, training models, and evaluation. A number of different deep convolutional neural network architectures for image feature extraction and pixel-scale classifications will be explored and compared. The clinic will use the keras and tensorflow libraries within the python programming language. This hands-on class will be taught using Google colab through a browser, with the materials hosted on github. Participants will require a working knowledge of python. Some working knowledge of machine learning would be helpful, but we will assume no prior experience with machine/deep learning, neural networks, tensorflow, or keras.
PyMT is the “Python Modeling Toolkit”. It is an Open Source Python package, developed by the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, that provides tools used to couple models that expose the Basic Model Interface (BMI). PyMT is:
- a toolbox for coupling models of disparate time and space scales,
- a collection of Earth-surface models, and
- an extensible plug-in framework for user-contributed models.
In this hands-on clinic we will use Jupyter Notebooks to explore how to run standalone models within PyMT. Since all PyMT models are based on the BMI, they all share the same user interface and so if you know how to run one model, you know how to run all PyMT models. We will then look at some of the model-coupling tools packaged with PyMT and how they can be used for more complex couplings. We will then run through examples that use these tools to couple models to data as well as to other PyMT models.We highly recommend that clinic attendees come with a laptop with the Anaconda Python distribution installed.
During the clinic we'll introduce the new Delft3D Flexible Mesh modeling environment. We'll discuss the basic features and set up a simple 2D morphological model. The ongoing developments and the possibility to use BMI for runtime interaction will be presented as well.The user interface runs on Windows, so make sure that you have a Windows computer or virtual machine available during the meeting. The user interface will be provided precompiled; the computational kernels you'll have to compile yourself. We'll provide instructions on how to compile the FORTRAN/C kernels before the clinic.
The demonstration portion of the clinic will focus on the existing rivers2stratigraphy (https://github.com/sededu/rivers2stratigraphy) activity, which illustrates basin-scale development of fluvial stratigraphy through adjustments in system kinematics including sandy channel migration and subsidence rates. The activity allows users to change these system properties, so as to drive changing depositional patterns. The module utilizes a rules based model, which produces realistic channel patterns, but simplifies the simulation to run efficiently, in real-time. The clinic will couple rivers2stratigraphy to a conventional laboratory activity which interprets an outcrop photograph of fluvial stratigraphy, and discuss logistics of using the module in the classroom.
For the second part of the clinic, familiarity with Python will be beneficial (but is not required); we will utilize existing graphical user interface (GUI) frameworks in developing new activities, aimed to provide a user-friendly means for students to interact with model codes while engaging in geological learning. Participants should plan to have Python installed on their personal computers prior to the workshop, and a sample module will be emailed beforehand to let participants begin exploring the syllabus.Prince, M. (2004). Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(3), 223-231. doi: 10.1002/j.2168-9830.2004.tb00809.x.
In this hands-on clinic, we'll take a simple model of the two-dimensional heat equation, written in Python, and together we'll write the BMI functions to wrap it, preparing it for transformation into a component. As we develop, we’ll explore how to use the wrapped model with a Jupyter Notebook.
To get the most out of this clinic, come prepared to code! We'll have a lot to write in the time allotted for the clinic. We recommend that clinic attendees have a laptop with the Anaconda Python distribution installed. We also request that you review the
Interested in providing a clinic during a next annual meeting? Contact CSDMS@Colorado.EDU.
Who is registered as of 04/19/2019?
- Participants meeting
- Submitted abstracts
- Participants Software Carpentry workshop May 20th
- Participants Quantifying Uncertainty in Earth Systems workshop May 20th
Within its budget, CSDMS intends to partially 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.
CSDMS is able to provide the following meeting support:
NOTICE: The maximum number of participants that can be supported for lodging was reached on March 5th, 2019. Feel free to register for the meeting but realize that you are responsible for supporting your own lodging. CSDMS has negotiated a preferred rate for attendees still needing lodging at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel. You can view and book rooms through this link: Millennium Preferred Meeting Rates
- Breakfast and lunch each day of the meeting and one dinner, shuttle service between the Boulder Marriott/Residence Inn/Millennium Harvest House Hotel and meeting venue will be provided for all registrants.
Scholarship recipients, Keynote presenters, Clinic leaders and Awardees - travel support, registration support and lodging as specified in your invitation letter, breakfast and lunch each day of the meeting and one dinner, shuttle service between meeting hotel and meeting venue.
Specific reimbursement procedures will be emailed to qualified attendees along with your final confirmation early May, 2019.
Important for foreign travelers: If you need a visa to travel to USA, select a business visa. Please email CSDMS@Colorado.EDU as soon as possible if you need an invitation letter along with your passport number, affiliation and entry/exit dates and indicate any specific wording if required. 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 (especially when dealing with airfare reimbursements).
Travel, Lodging and Conference Center Information
Meeting venue: SEEC at the University of Colorado's East Campus in Boulder.
Hotel: The CSDMS supported hotel block will be split between adjacent hotels, the Boulder Marriott and the Residence Inn. On March 5th the CSDMS-supported rooms were fully booked and therefore, no additional hotel support is available for registrants after that date. CSDMS has negotiated a preferred rate at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel for those still needing lodging (Unfortunately, the CSDMS meeting budget does not allow us to provide hotel support or reimbursement for these rooms).
Transportation: You can book transportation between DIA and Boulder here: Green Ride Boulder. And information on how to find Green Ride Boulder at DIA.
A bus between the designated Hotels (Marriott/Residence Inn and Millennium) and the meeting venue will be provided each day (the shuttle is not able to stop at other hotels). We will also provide transportation from the designated Hotel to the banquet (again, the shuttle is not able to stop at other hotels). Please note that the parking adjacent to the SEEC building requires payment for non-permit holders. You will need to park in the limited designated areas and provide payment in the adjacent kiosks.
The following will apply to two of the pre-conference events: Software Carpentry workshop, and Quantifying Uncertainty in Earth Systems :
- Registration is open until April 1st (or until program fills) and is handled through the 2019 meeting site.
- Each is capped at 30 participants (all first paid first serve), and it has a $30 registration fee.
- Participant will be responsible for cost / organization of their extra day of hotel accommodation and dinner. Costs will not be reimbursed.
- We will cover coffee, continental breakfast and lunch during each of the events.
1) Software Carpentry workshop
CSDMS will host a one-day pre-conference Software Carpentry workshop on Monday, May 20, 2019. The goal of the workshop is to teach basic programming skills that will be useful for scientific research and model development. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop, during which certified instructors will cover basic elements of:
- the Unix bash shell,
- Python programming, and
- Github for version control.
The instructors, Mariela Perignon and Mark Piper, are earth scientists, so lessons and examples will be targeted toward relevant problems in your field. The workshop intentionally precedes the CSDMS Annual Meeting so that the skills you develop can be used in the clinics during the meeting.
2) Quantifying Uncertainty in Earth Systems
This one-day pre-conference workshop provided by Professor Jef Caers, Stanford University on Monday, May 20, 2019 will cover the quantification of uncertainty in Earth Systems using a protocol termed Bayesian Evidential Learning. The course will walk through the steps of this protocol consisting of prior model specification, monte Carlo & model falsification, global sensitivity analysis, Mont-Carlo based inverse modeling and posterior model falsification.
The workshop will focus on the high-level principles and understanding, and on actual practical examples rather than the technical or theoretical details. There will be no software exercises on-site, but such resources will be made available during the workshop with some demos using Jupyter notebooks.
The application will focus on subsurface systems as an example of Earth systems, in particular, I will cover application in groundwater hydrology as well as shallow and deep geothermal energy as specific examples.
Prerequisites: participant will need to have taken a basic course in statistics and probability theory, know about Bayes Rule, probability distributions, expectation, conditional probability and the basics of statistical calculations and exploratory data analysis.
Reference: Quantifying Uncertainty in Subsurface Systems, Scheidt, C., Li, L. & Caers, J., 2018, Wiley-AGU Monograph.
Student Scholarships and travel awards
This year CSDMS is offering a limited number of scholarships (up to 7) for graduate students to attend the CSDMS annual meeting. These scholarships will be offered for the purpose of increasing participation of underrepresented students or those that have not previously attended a CSDMS Annual Meeting. To be eligible, graduate students need to meet the following requirements:
- Attend the whole meeting (May 21-23, 2019)
- 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, and explain how your participation would enhance diversity in the field of natural hazards and surface dynamics modeling. Be sure to mention if it is your first time attending.
Send your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8th, 2019. The CSDMS scholarships will cover:
- Registration costs (you will still need to pay the registration fee, but will be reimbursed after attending the meeting)
- Hotel accommodations for three nights, May 20, 21 and 22st. (as outlined in Travel/Lodging section above - 100% paid if you agree to a roommate)
- Travel (air fare ONLY within the United States and local shuttle transport)
- Per diem to help reimburse the cost of meals from 21-23 May 2019 not offered in the conference schedule
All applicants will receive confirmation of their submission. Please notify us at email@example.com if you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours of submission.
LAND Travel Awards
The journal LAND is inviting applications for two Travel Awards for postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in the area of land systems science to attend the CSDMS annual meeting. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee chaired by the Editor-in-Chief of Land: Prof. Andrew Millington.
- Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or PhD students involved in land systems science;
- Applicants will attend an international conference in 2019 to present their research (oral presentation or poster).
Applicants need to submit the following documents:
- An abstract of your work (500 words);
- A short CV with complete list of publications;
- The conference you plan to attend and the oral or poster abstract that will be presented;
- A letter of recommendation from a supervisor or PI (Principal Investigator). The supervisor or PI should sign and confirm that the applicant fulfills requirements.
The Award will consist of 800 (Swiss Francs) each. Please send the applications here (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/awards) by 15 January 2019. The winner will be announced in Land by 1 March 2019.
- January 14th: Deadline for student modeler competition submission
- January 14th: Registration opens and early registration fees ($200) apply till April 1st
- January 15th: Deadline LAND travel awards
- February 1st: Student modeler competition results announced
- February 8th: Deadline for student scholarship applications CSDMS
- February 28th: Scholarship awardees notified
- April 1st: Deadline: a) abstract submission, b) discounted early registration ($200), and c) meeting supported hotel reservations (unless our cap of 75 lodgers has already been met). After this deadline, reservations and accommodation costs will be responsibility of participant. Regular registration fee ($400) April 2 to May 1.
- May 1st: Deadline registration
- May 20th: CSDMS 1day pre conference workshops
- May 21-23rd: CSDMS annual meeting
- May 24th: CSDMS Executive and Steering committees meetings (by invitation only)