[unav_all] 2010 UNAVCO Science Meeting

Eric Calais ecalais at purdue.edu
Thu Oct 22 23:38:42 MDT 2009

Dear Colleagues:

Please mark your calendars for the coming UNAVCO Science Meeting, to  
be held March 8-11, 2010, in Boulder, Colorado. In planning this  
meeting, the organizing committee has intentionally designed the  
program to showcase scientific advances and opportunities both in the  
core areas of the UNAVCO community and in some exciting but  
traditionally less represented fields such as geomorphology, water,  
and climate change. This meeting focus aligns with the vision  
articulated in UNAVCO's 2008 Strategic Plan: Advancing Geoscience  
through Geodesy:

"We challenge ourselves to transform human understanding of the  
changing Earth by enabling the integration of innovative technologies,  
open geodetic observations, and research, from pole to pole."

Many of you will recognize the broad organization and core science  
themes, although there will be some things that we do a little  
differently for 2010:

·       The workshop will be held at the Millennium Hotel in Boulder,  
a property that continues to provide a well-suited and convenient  
venue with pricing that allows us to maximize supported attendance of  
both students and professionals.

·       Registration and reception activities Monday evening will lead  
off, and may cap an informally organized ski day if there is  
sufficient interest.

·       Technical sessions will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday  
morning, and Thursday. They will consist of four plenary sessions,  
informal Special Topics Sessions (STS), and posters.

·       A special, distinguished, plenary lecture by Bernard Minster  
will provide us with a historical perspective on space geodesy and its  
applications to geophysics, from the early days to the latest NRC study.

·       This technical program will be complemented by a choice of  
Wednesday afternoon activities:  a tour of the UNAVCO Facility, or for  
the adventurous, this year's field trip that will be led by Bob  
Anderson (CU) and will focus on shaping of the Front Range by climate  
forces, relying on the integration of geomorphology, cosmogenic  
dating, and GPS constraints.

The four plenary sessions will be organized around the following  
crosscutting themes:

·       Toward a pixel-by-pixel view of Earth's surface changes

·       Expanding the temporal range of high precision GPS observations

·       Opportunities posed by advances in geodesy

·       Geodesy and water in a changing climate

Scheduled time for informal Special Topics Sessions (STS) will  
alternate with plenary sessions. Smaller groups can breakout over  
scientific or technical issues and initiatives.  Informal lunch  
meetings on focused topics may also be arranged.

And of course, there will be poster sessions throughout the meeting.   
Participants are encouraged to contribute a poster on the topics of  
the plenary sessions or on any other topic.

We are excited about this format and are writing to solicit your  
thoughts for the technical sessions:

·       Please send suggestions for STS sessions, with the name of the  
convener (or conveners), a few sentences describing its topic, and, if  
possible, a rough estimate of the number of attendees expected.  
Depending on the response, we may need to limit the addition of STSs  
closer to the time of the meeting to those on late - breaking topics.

·       Please send nominations for plenary session speakers. As with  
the last meeting, we are especially eager to have a speaker in every  
plenary session whose primary topic is Education and Outreach, and we  
especially welcome suggestions for early- to mid-career speakers.

We would like to gather your suggestions no later than November 6,  
2009, so that we can move forward with planning the meeting.  Please  
email them to Jaime Magliocca (magliocca at unavco.org) and she will  
forward them to the organizing committee.

We will look forward to seeing you at the 2010 UNAVCO Science Meeting!

Organizing Committee:

Eric Calais, Purdue University, Chair

Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University

Susan Schwartz, UC Santa Cruz, Board Liaison

Meghan Miller, UNAVCO President

Eric Calais, Professor                                         Voice:  
(765) 496-2915
Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences           Fax: (765) 496-1210
Purdue University                                                ecalais at purdue.edu
West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA                         http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~ecalais

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