2007

Conferences, workshops, events

  • IUGG General Assembly, July 2-13, 2007, Perugia, Italy
    Commission Business Meeting
    The last business meeting of the Commission was held in Hyderabad (India) in December 2004. The next business meeting is to be held in Perugia, on Friday 6 July, 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please mark the date and time in your dairy. The President, Secretary General and Treasurer will report on the activity between December 2004 (last business meeting) and June 2007. Based on the reports and discussions, we should recommend to the IUGG Executives that whether the Commission continue its activity. Another item of the business meeting is the composition of the Commission for the next 4 years.
  • US007: High-Performance Computations in Geosciences
    Conveners:

    A. Ismail-Zadeh, Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe, GERMANY
    Z. Wu, College of Earth Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA
    Co-conveners:
    V. Gusiakov, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, RUSSIA
    J. Rundle, Center for Computational Science and Engineering and Engineering University of California, Davis, USA
    Invited Speakers:
    1. M. GHIL (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France) “Modeling and Data Assimilation in Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography”
    2. G. GLATZMAIER (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA) “Three-dimensional Simulations of Explosive Volcanic Eruptions”
    3. G. PANZA (University of Trieste, Italy) “Modeling and Prediction-oriented Simulations of Hazards Bridging to Engineering”
    4. T. SATO (The Earth Simulator Center, Yokohama, Japan) “Fostering the Simulation Culture”
    5. Y. SHI (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China) “Computational Geodynamics and Its Applications” (abstract is not yet submitted)
    6. P. TACKLEY (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland) “High-Performance Computing in Mantle Dynamics”
    7. V. TITOV (National Center for Tsunami Research, Seattle, USA) “Tsunami Modeling”
    8. J. TROMP (California Institute of Technology, USA) “Adjoint Methods in Computational Seismology”
  • US012: Early Warning of Natural Hazards
    Conveners
    R. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur INDIA
    D. Tang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, CHINA
    M. Buchroithner, University of Dresden, GERMANY
    V. Sgrigna, University of Rome Tre, ITALY
  • IUGG-AOGS Session on Strategy of Reducing Predictive Uncertainty of Geophysical Hazards,30 July - 4 August 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
    IUGG-AOGS joint session “Strategy of Reducing Predictive Uncertainty of Geophysical Hazards” is organized during the Asia Pacific Geophysical Society (AOGS) Annual Convention to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 July to 4 August 2007. Principal convener: K. Takeuchi, co-conveners: H. Gupta, T. Beer, and Z. Wu.
    Reduction of uncertainty in prediction is a common objective of all geoscientific disciplines. Advanced observations, simulation, nonlinear mathematics, catastrophic theory, super computers, satellites etc. are the common technology available, yet waiting for break through for new generation prediction accuracy. The session brings scientific strategies of uncertainty reduction from different disciplines and compares them to find the possibility of better collaboration and joint work. It focuses on super-hazards such as 1991 Pinatubo eruption, 1998 China Floods, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Pakistan Earthquake as they are so destructive and badly need, if ever possible, prediction for survival. This session is organized jointly by IUGG GeoRisk Commission and AOGS and contributes the Hazards Theme of the International Year of Planet Earth and the UN-ISDR activities for Hyogo Framework for Action. The report can be found here.
  • Workshop “Natural and Human-induced hazards and disasters in Africa”, Kampala, Uganda, August 2007
    A purpose of the workshop is to promote networking between the various organizations and groups working in the field of natural hazards in Africa. This workshop is organized by the African Scoping Group on Natural and Human-Induced Hazards and Disasters, ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) in the co-operation with the IUGG GeoRisk Commission. At present, ICSU ROA is spearheading efforts to mobilize the African and international scientific community to take a proactive approach on natural and human-induced disaster in Africa and interacts with governments and other bodies to help frame policies that will raise public awareness, minimize hazards and reduce people’s vulnerability to them. In addition the workshop will assess the need for developing educational materials on hazards and prompt cooperation for new initiatives in the region. In this respect, ICSU ROA will facilitate and work as an umbrella organization to bring together the GeoUnions and other international organizations to ensure that existing and new scientific knowledge is used to develop improved hazard mitigation strategies. Another aim is to facilitate participation in the Hazards team of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) in 2008. IUGG supported the GeoRisk Commission proposal toward the Kampala workshop and allocated $US2,000 to assist African young and women scientists and invited speakers to attend the workshop.

Related meetings

  • Third International Geohazards Workshop, 6-9 November 2007, Frascati, Rome, Italy
    The 3rd International Geohazards Workshop aims at strengthening an international strategy to make these concepts real, for the benefit of populations exposed to geohazards, namely earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis. Objectives of the workshop are to (i) simulate dedicated coordinating actions to improve the existing observing systems, monitoring capabilities, access to data, and exchange of knowledge with the countries exposed to geohazards; (ii) set up an international coordination mechanism, within the GEO process, to streamline cooperation and synergies between international projects, initiatives, and programs; and (iii) provide a forum for exchange and encourage cooperation between Geohazards Earth Observation data users and producers.

    IUGG and the GeoRisk Commission were invited to contribute to the meeting. The Commission proposed two speakers for the workshop: P. Dunbar and C. Weaver (“US states and territories national tsunami hazard assessment: Historic record and sources for waves”) and R. Singh et al. (“Multi Sensor Geophysical Parameters for the Early Warning of Earthquakes”).

News

  • Business meeting with Prof. K. Sassa, President, International Consortium on Landslides, January 15, Kyoto
    A. Ismail-Zadeh met Prof. K. Sassa in his office at Kyoto University and we discussed how IUGG GeoRisk Commission could cooperate with the International Consortium on Landslides. We agreed on several aspects of scientific and outreach cooperation, which can be of interest to both sides. Namely, we can cooperate in developing joint research projects on landslides and prediction of large events, especially in the dense urban areas (e.g. in the framework of IGCP projects); can organize scientific meetings on landslides and related geological hazards (e.g., earthquakes and tsunami); and can bridge best science on geohazards with societal needs. Any suggestion of the GeoRisk Commissioners in this direction is welcomed.

 

  • 57th Executive Committee meeting of IUGS, January 16-20, 2007, Nara
    At the invitation of IUGS and on behalf of IUGG, A. Ismail-Zadeh attended the 57th Executive Committee Meeting of the International Union of Geological Sciences held in Nara, Japan, January 16-20, 2007. Discussions included activities of the International Year of Planet Earth, activities stemming from the consortium of GeoUnions, as well as scientific topics of interdisciplinary interest.

 

  • Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Planet Earth in Japan, January 22, 2007, Tokyo
    A. Ismail-Zadeh attended the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Planet Earth held in the University of Tokyo on January 22, 2007. One-day symposium highlighted the importance of the IYPE, discussed the activity of Japanese scientific and industrial institutions toward the Year, and desired outcomes of this activity. Among the speakers were the Honorary President of Japan IYPE Implementation, Chair of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, President of Japan Geoscience Union, Dr. P. Bobrowsky, IUGS SG, on behalf of IUGS President, Dr. E. Mulder of IYPE, R. Missotten of UNESCO, representatives of several leading Japanese geoscience organizations (JAMSTEC, AIST and some others).

 

  • First Session of the International Program on Landslides, January 23-25, 2007, United Nations University, Tokyo
    At the invitation of International Consortium on Landslides and on behalf of IUGG, A. Ismail-Zadeh participated in the First Session of the International Program on Landslides (IPL) held in United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, January 22-25, 2007. Discussions with Prof. K. Sassa (ICL President) and other ICL members included activities of the ICL and IPL, cooperation with the IUGG GeoRisk Commission as well as with the IUGG member Associations and their working groups dealing with landslides. Also IUGG is invited to cosponsor the First World Landslide Forum, WLF (to be held 18-21 November 2008, Tokyo, Japan). The next preparatory meeting for the WLF will be held in Paris in November 2007.

 

  • Business meeting with the IUGG Vice-President, January 30, Tokyo
    A. Ismail-Zadeh met T. Beer in the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, and they discussed several topics related to IUGG, GeoRisk Commission, GeoUnions and ICSU Hazards Initiatives etc. They met Prof. Haruyama of the International Geographical Union and discussed possibilities for cooperation between IUGG and IGU as well as between the IGU Commission on Hazards and Risks and IUGG GeoRisk Commission. Also they met Prof. M. Kono, past IUGG President, and discuss several aspects of IUGG activity and relationship between IUGG with its Associations and Commissions.

 

  • EGU Symposium “Earthquake Prediction: What can be done with the best science available?”
    A union symposium “Earthquake Prediction: What can be done with the best science available?” is organized during the European Geophysical Union General Assembly to be held in Vienna, Austria from 15 to 20 April 2007. A principal convener of the symposium is V. Kossobokov. The symposium is organized together with UNESCO.

    The symposium is motivated by the critical importance of advances in earthquake prediction research both for frontier fundamental science and for reduction of earthquake-induced disasters, which threat is already unacceptable and keeps growing rapidly. The symposium will review existing paradigms related to earthquakes and explore practical realistic approaches to the earthquake prediction problem. Statements on unpredictability of earthquakes will be challenged. The key-note presentations will introduce (i) the recent advances in understanding predictability of earthquakes, including related structures, driving forces, and observable fields; (ii) scenarios of response to predictions; (iii) avenues of further progress in the field arising from yet untapped data, modelling, and theories; and (iv) implications for general concepts of non-linear dynamics, including predictability of extreme events other than earthquakes. More than 30 papers are accepted to discuss all aspects of earthquake prediction during the symposium.

 

  • IUGG General Assembly, July 2-13, 2007, Perugia, Italy
    7.1. IUGG GeoRisk Commission Business Meeting The last business meeting of the Commission was held in Hyderabad (India) in December 2004. The next business meeting is to be held in Perugia, on Friday 6 July, 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please mark the date and time in your dairy. The President, Secretary General and Treasurer will report on the activity between December 2004 (last business meeting) and June 2007. Based on the reports and discussions, we should recommend to the IUGG Executives that whether the Commission continue its activity. Another item of the business meeting is the composition of the Commission for the next 4 years.
    7.2. Union Symposia at the IUGG Perugia General Assembly The IUGG GeoRisk Commission will organize two Union Symposia at the IUGG General Assembly in Perugia, Italy, 2-13 July 2007.

 

  • US007: High-Performance Computations in Geosciences
    Conveners:

    A. Ismail-Zadeh, Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe, GERMANY
    Z. Wu, College of Earth Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA
    V. Gusiakov, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, RUSSIA
    J. Rundle, Center for Computational Science and Engineering and Engineering University of California, Davis, USA

    Invited Speakers
    M. GHIL (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France) “Modeling and Data Assimilation in Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography”
    G. GLATZMAIER (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA) “Three-dimensional Simulations of Explosive Volcanic Eruptions”
    G. PANZA (University of Trieste, Italy) “Modeling and Prediction-oriented Simulations of Hazards Bridging to Engineering”
    T. SATO (The Earth Simulator Center, Yokohama, Japan) “Fostering the Simulation Culture”
    Y. SHI (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China) “Computational Geodynamics and Its Applications” (abstract is not yet submitted)
    P. TACKLEY (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland) “High-Performance Computing in Mantle Dynamics”
    V. TITOV (National Center for Tsunami Research, Seattle, USA) “Tsunami Modeling”
    J. TROMP (California Institute of Technology, USA) “Adjoint Methods in Computational Seismology”

 

  • US012: Early Warning of Natural Hazard
    Conveners

    R. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur INDIA D. Tang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, CHINA
    M. Buchroithner, University of Dresden, GERMANY
    V. Sgrigna, University of Rome Tre, ITALY

 

  • IUGG-AOGS Session on Strategy of Reducing Predictive Uncertainty of Geophysical Hazards, 30 July – 4 August 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
    IUGG-AOGS joint session “Strategy of Reducing Predictive Uncertainty of Geophysical Hazards” is organized during the Asia Pacific Geophysical Society (AOGS) Annual Convention to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 July to 4 August 2007. Principal convener: K. Takeuchi, co-conveners: H. Gupta, T. Beer, and Z. Wu. Reduction of uncertainty in prediction is a common objective of all geoscientific disciplines. Advanced observations, simulation, nonlinear mathematics, catastrophic theory, super computers, satellites etc. are the common technology available, yet waiting for break through for new generation prediction accuracy. The session brings scientific strategies of uncertainty reduction from different disciplines and compares them to find the possibility of better collaboration and joint work. It focuses on super-hazards such as 1991 Pinatubo eruption, 1998 China Floods, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Pakistan Earthquake as they are so destructive and badly need, if ever possible, prediction for survival. This session is organized jointly by IUGG GeoRisk Commission and AOGS and contributes the Hazards Theme of the International Year of Planet Earth and the UN-ISDR activities for Hyogo Framework for Action.

 

  • Workshop on geohazards in Africa, Kampala, Uganda, August 2007
    A purpose of the workshop “Natural and Human-induced hazards and disasters in Africa” is to promote networking between the various organizations and groups working in the field of natural hazards in Africa. This workshop is organized by the African Scoping Group on Natural and Human-Induced Hazards and Disasters, ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) in the co-operation with the IUGG GeoRisk Commission. At present, ICSU ROA is spearheading efforts to mobilize the African and international scientific community to take a proactive approach on natural and human-induced disaster in Africa and interacts with governments and other bodies to help frame policies that will raise public awareness, minimize hazards and reduce people’s vulnerability to them. In addition the workshop will assess the need for developing educational materials on hazards and prompt cooperation for new initiatives in the region. In this respect, ICSU ROA will facilitate and work as an umbrella organization to bring together the GeoUnions and other international organizations to ensure that existing and new scientific knowledge is used to develop improved hazard mitigation strategies. Another aim is to facilitate participation in the Hazards team of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) in 2008. IUGG supported the GeoRisk Commission proposal toward the Kampala workshop and allocated $US2,000 to assist African young and women scientists and invited speakers to attend the workshop.

 

  • Third International Geohazards Workshop, 6-9 November 2007, Frascati, Rome, Italy
    The 3rd International Geohazards Workshop aims at strengthening an international strategy to make these concepts real, for the benefit of populations exposed to geohazards, namely earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis. Objectives of the workshop are to (i) simulate dedicated coordinating actions to improve the existing observing systems, monitoring capabilities, access to data, and exchange of knowledge with the countries exposed to geohazards; (ii) set up an international coordination mechanism, within the GEO process, to streamline cooperation and synergies between international projects, initiatives, and programs; and (iii) provide a forum for exchange and encourage cooperation between Geohazards Earth Observation data users and producers. IUGG and the GeoRisk Commission were invited to contribute to the meeting. The Commission proposed two speakers for the workshop: P. Dunbar and C. Weaver (“US states and territories national tsunami hazard assessment: Historic record and sources for waves”) and R. Singh et al. (“Multi Sensor Geophysical Parameters for the Early Warning of Earthquakes”).

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