Special Sessions & Workshops

Special Sessions | Workshops | Program Overview | Scientific Program

Session Code Session Title  
Special Sessions
SS03 Science Driven E-infrastructures and Data Management in Support of Geosciences Research Details
SS07 Cascading hazards Details
SS08 Interdisciplinary suduction zone research initiatives Details
SS09 Volcanoes: Nature, Influence, Impact Details
SS10 International Land Model Benchmarking (ilamb) Package Tutorial Details
SS12 Earth Girl Volcano Details

Special Sessions

05 Jun | 06 Jun | 07 Jun

SS03 - Science Driven E-infrastructures and Data Management in Support of Geosciences Research
Tue-05 Jun | 1.30PM - 3:30PM | L3, Room 317A
Conveners:Ming-Hsu LI, National Central University
Tsair-Fuh LIN, National Cheng Kung University
Mustapha MOKRANE, ICSU-WDS International Programme Offices
Yue-Gau CHEN, National Taiwan University

"The Belmont Forum E-infrastructure and Data Management Project"

Belmont Forum

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Science-driven E-infrastructure Innovation for Enabling Transnational Data Use in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Environmental Change Research: a New Belmont Forum Funding Collaborative Research Action."

Jean-Pierre VILOTTE
Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

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"Taiwan Earthquake Research Data Center (TECDC)"

Wen-Tzong LIANG
Academia Sinica

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Taiwan Climate Change Information and Knowledge Service Platform"

Chao-Tzuen CHENG
National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)

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"Potential of Conservation Agriculture Production Systems (caps) as Climate Smart Technology for Food Security Under Rainfed Uplands of India: a Transdisciplinary Approach"

Catherine CHAN
University of Hawaii

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SS09 - Volcanoes: Nature, Influence, Impact
Tue-05 Jun | 1.30PM - 3:30PM | L3, Room 323C
Conveners:Kazuhisa GOTO, Tohoku University
Florian M. SCHWANDER, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Fiona WILLIAMSON, National University of Singapore

"What Life in Volcanic Environments Tells Us About the Emergence of Life and Life Elsewhere"

Mitchell SCHULTE

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Lava Lakes in the Solar System"

Rosaly LOPES
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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"The Role of the Ocean in Modulating the Dynamics of Silicic Submarine Volcanic Eruptions"

Rebecca CAREY
University of Tasmania

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"Dynamics of Water-volcano Interactions"

U.S. Geological Survey

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Volcanic Hazards: Improving the Science and Communication to the Public"

Setsuya NAKADA
Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Are Climate Scientists Ready to Observe and Model the Next Big Volcanic Eruption?"

Rutgers University

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SS08 - Interdisciplinary suduction zone research initiatives
Wed-06 Jun | 1.30PM - 3:30PM | L3, Room 319A
Conveners:Gerald BAWDEN, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Jack A. KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

"Geophysical Observational Systems for Science and Hazard Reduction"

Richard M. ALLEN
UC Berkeley

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Monitoring, Imaging and Modeling Subduction Zones to Mitigate Subduction Zone Geohazards"

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

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"Subduction Zone Observatory Initiatives and Opportunities in New Zealand"

GNS Science

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Very Long Term Variability in Interseismic Deformation: A Case Study from the Sumatran Subduction Zone"

Nanyang Technological University

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Gnss Applications to Monitor, Measure and Study Subduction Zone Earthquakes and Their Resulting Tsunamis"

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Tsunami Early Warning - Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Save Lives"

Laura KONG
International Tsunami Information Center

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SS07 - Cascading hazards
Thu-07 Jun | 1.30PM - 3:30PM | L3, Room 319B
Conveners:Gerald BAWDEN, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Jack A. KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

"The 2015 Mw7.8 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake: Destruction and Creation"

US Geological Survey

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Cascading Hazards: Triggering Relations Between Wet Tropical Cyclones, Landslides, and Earthquakes"

Florida International University

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Development of an Incorporated Platform to Characterize Hydrology-Driven Landslide Hazards in Northwestern US"

Zhong LU
Southern Methodist University

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"Cascading Hazards Along Tropical Orogenic Belts"

J. Bruce H. SHYU
National Taiwan University

Abstract | Speaker Biography

"Keeping an Eye on What Happens Next"

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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06 Jun | 07 Jun

WS 2: SS12 - Earth Girl Volcano
Wed-06 Jun | 11AM - 12.30PM | L3, Room 325A
Free of Charge to AOGS2018 Attendees on a First-Come-First-Served Basis

Conveners: Isaac KERLOW, Nanyang Technological University
Helena ALBERT, Nanyang Technological University
Earth Girl Volcano is a tablet and computer interactive game that simulates a variety of volcanic hazard scenarios at different levels of expertise. This casual strategy game offers players the a variety of strategies and tools to prepare for scenarios that are based on real-life examples. Players can learn about the local knowledge and the past volcanic activity by chatting with the villagers at the market. Earth Girl Volcano presents a variety of single and combined hazards including gas emission, ash fall, rock fall, mudflows and burning clouds (PDCs). The game was developed an interdisciplinary group composed of scientists, game experts, animators and software developers at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. The game represents the cutting edge in games that are engaging and also communicate the science behind the gameplay.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to use this interactive game as a tool for learning and explaining volcanic hazard and risk mitigation. The presenters will demonstrate many of the game scenarios played at different levels of difficulty. Participants will receive a free standalone version of the game to try out and master during the workshop some of the preparedness and evacuation strategies to achieve the goal of zero-casualties. Participants will also learn about some of the design and software development strategies used to translate volcanic hazard complexity into an interactive game of preparedness and risk mitigation. The Earth Girl Volcano game was tested with a mainstream and specialized audiences, and is being launched in 2018 as a free app for Android and iOS tablets as well as Windows and iOs computers. The game will eventually be available in the languages most spoken throughout the Ring of Fire, including English, Indonesian, Tagalog, Japanese and Spanish. Earth Girl Volcano follows in the footsteps of Earth Girl Tsunami, a game already released in eight languages that received over 35,000 Facebook Likes during its initial launch.

Nanyang Technological University

Speaker Biography

Nanyang Technological University

Speaker Biography

WS 3: SS10 - International Land Model Benchmarking (ilamb) Package Tutorial
Thu-07 Jun | 4 – 6 PM | L3, Room 304B
Free of Charge to AOGS2018 Attendees on a First-Come-First-Served Basis

Participants should bring their own laptops for either installing the software on their Python-enabled systems (with netcdf4, numpy, and basemap modules) or for accessing a server, where a login account will be provided for the tutorial. Knowledge of Python, netCDF files, and the Climate & Forecast convention is useful, but not required.

Conveners: Forrest HOFFMAN, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Nathan COLLIER, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
To advance understanding of biogeochemical processes and their interactions with hydrology and the Earth system under changing environmental conditions, new methods are being developed that use observations to constrain model predictions, inform model development, and identify needed measurements and field experiments. The International Land Model Benchmarking (ILAMB) package embodies those methods to provide quick and easy model–data comparison capabilities for multiple Earth system models (ESMs).

The ILAMBv2.2 Package assesses model fidelity on 25 variables in four categories from about 50 data sets; produces graphical global-, regional- and site-level diagnostics; and provides a hierarchical scoring system based on model performance for the annual mean, bias, relative bias, root-mean-square error (RMSE), seasonal cycle phase, spatial distribution, interannual variability, and variable-to-variable comparisons (functional benchmarks).

ILAMB is designed for use by individual modelers or model developers for verification and rapid model development cycles, by modeling centers to track the evolution of model performance, and by model intercomparison projects for multi-model analysis. ILAMB is being integrated into the workflow systems at multiple major modeling centers and are being extended for use in high-latitude and hydrology studies. The package is also expected to provide a platform for engaging experimentalists in identifying model weaknesses and needed measurements and field experiments.

This hand-on tutorial session will provide students, postdocs, and researchers with experience in installing, running, and extending the ILAMB pckage for assessing model performance in comparison with observations. Participants will be guided through installing the package, written in Python, and observational data on their Linux or MacOS system. Instruction will be provided for evaluating sample model output (provided) or their own model results. In-depth explanation of the software structures and classes will be provided, enabling users to develop their own custom evaluation methods or to use the framework in their own diagnostic packages.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Speaker Biography

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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