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In order to adequately describe the interactions among the physical, biological, geochemical, and anthropogenic processes that shape the Earth’s surface, we need to take a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach. Thus, the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) founded the Summer Institute on Earth-surface Dynamics (SIESD) as a forum to expose early-career scientists to laboratory experiments, fieldwork, and lectures on predictive Earth-surface science.
In 2010, the Summer Institute will focus on the science of rivers and vegetation. Participants will gain experience in: the basic physics of water-sediment-vegetation interaction; modeling the co-evolution of landscapes and their ecosystems; quantitative analysis of complex landscapes; LiDAR analysis of river topography and vegetation; and specifics of braided, meandering, and deltaic systems interacting with vegetation. In addition, students will gain hands-on experience with a suite of analytical tools including GeoNet (an automatic feature extraction tool for high resolution topography) and InVEST (a modeling environment to support environmental decision-making).The Institute will also expose students to broader-impacts research via the Science Museum of Minnesota and other NCED educational and diversity activities.
Eligibility: The Summer Institute is directed to graduate students in the final years of their PhD program, postdocs, or early-career scientists (three years from PhD). Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
Cost: NCED will make arrangements to cover local expenses related to participation in the Institute (enrollment, accommodations, breakfast, and lunch). However, students should remember they are responsible for the cost of transportation to/from Minnesota and all incidental expenses. Limited resources are available to cover travel expenses upon request.
Application Procedure: An online application is available at: http://www.nced.umn.edu/content/2010-summer-institute-earth-surface-dynamics-siesd-application.
Lecturers (subject to change): Chris Paola, Gary Parker, Brad Murray, Gordon Grant, Steve Polasky, and Efi Foufoula-Georgiou. Additional lecturers will be announced on the course website.
Deadline: The application and all supporting materials must be received by June 25, 2010.
For more information, please visit http://www.nced.umn.edu/content/summer-institute-earth-surface-dynamics.
Above information taken from a Gilbert-Club posting.
GBR is a workshop held every five years that aims at appraising the advancement of knowledge and at stimulating exchanges among the scientists that are active in the field. This year the conference is held in Tadoussac (Quebec, Canada) early September. GBR7 will offer a very strong scientific program and will provide an opportunity to present your own research through posters.
The deadline for contributions has passed, but registration information can be found on the conference website.
You are invited to participate in an NSF-sponsored workshop called “New Tools in Process-Based Analysis of Lidar Topographic Data,” to be help June 1-2 at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. This workshop is a follow-up to one held in 2008 called “Workshop on Studying Earth Surface Processes with High-resolution Topographic Data” (http://www.ncalm.ufl.edu/workshop%20report.pdf). The goal of this year’s workshop is to provide researchers in Earth surface processes with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge in new methods for analyzing high-resolution topographic data. Participants should have active research projects using lidar data (airborne or ground-based). Graduate students are encouraged to attend.
The format over the two days will include four three-hour workshop timeslots (with two workshops running concurrently in each), two plenary lectures by interdisciplinary experts in analysis of lidar data (Michael Lefsky and TBA), and short presentations and posters by all workshop participants.
New Tools in Process-Based Analysis of Lidar Topographic
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Boulder, Colorado, USA
June 1-2, 2010
Leader: Paola Passalacqua (National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota)
Description: GeoNet is an advanced methodology for channel network extraction, which incorporates nonlinear diffusion for the pre-processing of the data and geodesic energy minimization for the extraction of channels. This 3-hours workshop will combine a lecture with hands-on practice. The lecture will introduce the theoretical background, and the hands-on portion will focus on the application of GeoNet to basins of different geomorphologic characteristics.
1. Title: TBA
Presenter: Michael Lefsky (Colorado State University)
2. Title: TBA
The Utah State University Graduate Student Senate is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium of 2010. March 31, 2010.
See symposium web site for more information.
This workshop provides training in fluvial geomorphic tools to assess the status of rivers, to identify on-going trends and their causes, and to develop programs of measures to reverse ecological decline and restore fluvial processes that can create habitats and improve water quality.
The course emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs. It covers general principles and case studies from a wide range of environments, with specific applications and field visits to Mediterranean and mountain environments. The course and course materials are in English, but draw heavily on river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America.
This professional training course is designed for managers, landscape architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, and members of other professions with interests in river restoration.
Instructors include Matt Kondolf (UC Berkeley), Hervé Piégay (CNRS Lyon), David Sear (University of Southampton), Frederic Liébault (CEMAGREF Grenoble), Simon Dufour (Université Aix-Marseille), Nicolas Lamouroux (Université Lyon 1), Laurent Schmitt (Université Lyon 2), Anne-Julia Rollet (Université du Caen Basse-Normandie), Mark Tompkins (Newfields River Basin Services), Walter Binder (Bavarian Interior Ministry, ret.), Alastair Driver (Environment Agency, UK).
Course materials include the reference text Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (John Wiley & Sons 2003), >40 relevant papers and manuals on CD-rom, and printed lecture notes and field trip guides. Tuition includes course materials, field transportation, lunches, four Provençal dinners, and an introduction to the terroir, vineyards, and land-use history of the region. Inexpensive lodging is available within a few minutes’ walk of the conference venue.
Tuition is 1250€, if registered by March 1, 2010.
For more information, please visit: WWW.INSTITUTBEAUMONT.COM
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