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  • NCED Summer Institute on Earth-surface Dynamics HOW DOES VEGETATION INFLUENCE LARGE-SCALE TOPOGRAPHIC FORM? In order to adequately describe the interactions among the physical, biological, geochemical, and anthropogenic processes that shape the Earth’s surface, we ...
    Posted May 18, 2010, 6:42 PM by Joseph Wheaton
  • Gravel Bed Rivers 7 September 5-10, 2010 in Tadoussac, Quebec. GBR is a workshop held every five years that aims at appraising the advancement of knowledge and at stimulating exchanges among the scientists ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2010, 12:55 PM by Joseph Wheaton
  • New Tools in Process-Based Analysis of Lidar Topographic Data - NSF Workshop WORKSHOP FULL! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2010, 12:46 PM by Joseph Wheaton
  • Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium of 2010 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
    Posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:08 AM by Joseph Wheaton
  • Short Course on River Restoration in France River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools Early-bird registration ends March 1st. A 5-Day shortcourse, 7-11 June 2010, Lyon and Provence, France This workshop provides training in ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:20 AM by Joseph Wheaton
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NCED Summer Institute on Earth-surface Dynamics

posted May 18, 2010, 6:39 PM by Joseph Wheaton

HOW DOES VEGETATION INFLUENCE LARGE-SCALE TOPOGRAPHIC FORM?

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.

Gravel Bed Rivers 7

posted Apr 28, 2010, 12:48 PM by Joseph Wheaton

September 5-10, 2010 in Tadoussac, Quebec.

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.

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New Tools in Process-Based Analysis of Lidar Topographic Data - NSF Workshop

posted Mar 3, 2010, 8:37 AM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 12:46 PM ]

WORKSHOP FULL!

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 Data

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Boulder, Colorado, USA

June 1-2, 2010

 

Workshop sessions


1.      Title:  The River Bathymetry Toolkit

Leaders: Jim McKean and Dave Nagel, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Boise, Idaho; and Philip Bailey, ESSA Technologies Ltd.

Description: This workshop presents the River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT), which processes high-resolution DEMs of channels and calculates standard measures of hydraulic geometry and aquatic habitat at user-defined locations. (Note: this workshop will be presented twice.) See here for more detail.


2.     Title:  Filtering and quantitative analysis of lidar data

Leaders:  Steve Martel (University of Hawaii) and Taylor Perron (MIT)

Description:  This workshop will present methods for filtering and smoothing lidar data to detect and remove outliers, to diminish noise, and to detect and enhance signals.


3.     Title:  Identifying and mapping landforms and quantifying fault displacement with lidar digital topographic data


Leaders:  Ramon Arrowsmith (ASU); Kurt Frankel (Georgia Tech); and perhaps Ralph Haugerud

Description:  A hands on and applied workshop on mapping, designed to bridge from academic to agency and industry communities. Workshop will include reference to activities underway by California Geological Survey and Oregon DOGAMI.


4.     Title:  Extracting landscape metrics for tectonic interpretation

Leaders:  George Hilley (Stanford University) and Ramon Arrowsmith (ASU)

Description:  This workshop includes the wavelet analysis of high resolution digital topography and the calculation of area-slope based metrics across DEMs with different spatial resolutions.


5.     Title:  1D hydraulic modeling with lidar data

Leaders:  Noah Finnegan (UC- Santa Cruz)

Description:  This workshop will present the basics of 1) generating input files from lidar data for use with the 1D hydraulic modeling package HEC-RAS, and 2) Performing simple lidar-based open channel flow calculations in HEC-RAS.


6.      Title:  Meaningful Change Detection and Sediment Budgeting from Repeat Topographic Data

Leaders: Joseph Wheaton (Utah State University)

Description: As repeat topographic data sets become an increasingly popular form of scientific monitoring, the need grows for robust methods of quantifying and accounting for uncertainties in those data to reliably distinguish between calculated changes likely to be real versus those changes one cannot distinguish from noise. Once the uncertainties in repeat topographic data sets are accounted for, the more interesting question of how to interpret the data and use it to test specific hypotheses remains. In this session, participants will learn how to use the DEM of Difference Uncertainty Analysis Software to do both an uncertainty analysis of repeat topographic datasets and interpret the data in terms of sediment budgets.

More Information:
http://www.joewheaton.org/Home/research/projects-1/morphological-sediment-budgeting


7.     Title:  GeoNet: A computational tool for channel extraction from lidar

 

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. 

 

 

Plenary lectures

 

1. Title: TBA

 

Presenter: Michael Lefsky (Colorado State University)

 

 

 

2. Title: TBA

 

Presenter: TBA

 

 

Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium of 2010

posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:06 AM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Feb 24, 2010, 7:08 AM ]

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.

Short Course on River Restoration in France

posted Feb 23, 2010, 7:53 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Feb 24, 2010, 7:20 AM ]

River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools

Early-bird registration ends March 1st.

A 5-Day shortcourse, 7-11 June 2010, Lyon and Provence, France

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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