Multi-Use Facilities For Multi-Use Data
Sunriver Resort , Sunriver , OR , USA

Multiple Uses of Seismic Data

The National Science Foundation has entered into a new Cooperative Agreement with IRIS that includes initiatives to start engineering services in support of the science that we envisioned at our 2012 Workshop and described in our proposal for Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience and EarthScope (SAGE). Already, the Consortium has convened meetings among tightly focused working groups to develop more specific service concepts. The 2014 IRIS Workshop – Multi-use Facilities for Multi-use Data – is an opportunity to explore how these concepts can be integrated and adapted to best facilitate the use of seismological and other data in research and discovery across the Earth sciences. We expect to build substantially on the community’s consensus around the SAGE proposal and establish strategies to begin substantial work on initiatives for which only limited funding was included in the NSF Cooperative Agreement.


With its unified Cooperative Agreement running into 2018, the Consortium governs a broad range of services with the flexibility to adapt them to meet the needs of both evolving and newly emerging modes of seismological research. At the IRIS Workshop, the community will make plans to best facilitate the use of seismological and other data in research and discovery across the Earth sciences with novel service concepts such as

  • Large N Initiative
  • Subduction Zone Observatory
  • Global Array of Broadband Arrays



One goal this year is to encourage broader engagement across the community in discussion of strategic directions for IRIS. At the Workshop, participants will be encouraged to contribute their advice related to at least one of three scientific topics areas that make use of seismological data:

  • Thermo-chemical internal dynamics and volatile distribution within the Earth;
  • Faulting and deformation processes;
  • Change and interactions among climate, hydrology, surface processes, and tectonics.



IRIS facility activities that have significantly advanced since the 2012 Workshop include completing deployment of the TA across the conterminous US, progress towards deploying TA stations in Alaska, and development of OBSIP Management.
There are also important developments in longer-standing IRIS activities — the Global Seismographic Network, Portable Instrumentation, Data Management, Education & Public Outreach, Magnetotellurics, Polar Services, and International Development Seismology.
Program Managers, Standing and Advisory Committees, and Working Groups are organizing SIG meetings and a section in the poster hall to highlight facility activities.

Plenary Sessions

Science Challenges

Session Organizers

  • Jeroen Ritsema - (Univ. of Michigan)
  • Elizabeth Cochran - (U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Brandon Schmandt - (Univ. of New Mexico)

It has been 5 years since the publication of Seismological Grand Challenges in Understanding Earth's Dynamic Systems. This session is intended to evaluate progress towards the Grand Challenges goals and the newest developments in seismology. As we are planning for the 2018 proposal, it is important to discuss whether IRIS is well aligned with our science goals. Which adjustments in existing IRIS programs and which new facilities are necessary to maximize IRIS’s impact on seismological and interdisciplinary earth science research? Why is IRIS indispensable in the next decade?
The IRIS Board of Directors has organized science committees around three major scientific themes:

  • Thermo-chemical internal dynamics and volatile distribution;
  • Faulting and deformation processes;
  • Change and interactions among climate, hydrology, surface processes, and tectonics.

The science committees are charged to “ … ensure alignment of the facilities with the scientific goals of the consortium.” This session is intended to introduce these committees, to review our science goals, and the structure of future IRIS programs. Board Chair Anne Meltzer will open the session by summarizing the Board’s expectations for the science committees. Members of the three committees will discuss the scientific themes and the critical roles that IRIS is playing or can play in our science. The session will conclude with an open-mic forum to engage the community in these discussions and to shape the work of the IRIS science committees.


Presenter Title Video Link
Anne Meltzer - PDF
(Lehigh Univ.)
Grand Challenges and Scientific Themes Video
Jeroen Ritsema - PDF
(Univ. of Michigan)
Colleen Dalton - PDF
(Brown Univ.)
Thermo-Chemical Internal Dynamics and Volatile Distribution Video
Mark Simons - PDF
(California Inst. of Technology)
Eric Dunham - PDF
(Stanford Univ.)
Faulting and Deformation Processes Video
Sridhar Anandakrishnan - PDF
(Penn State Univ.)
Eric Kirby - PDF
(Oregon State Univ.)
Change and Interactions among Climate, Hydrology, Surface Processes, and Tectonics Video
Committee Panel Discussion period  

Very Wide Aperture Arrays: PBO, USArray, and Others

Session Organizers

  • Lara Wagner - (Univ. of No. Carolina)
  • Peter Shearer - (Univ. of California, San Diego)

On Monday afternoon, we will convene in plenary to explore what recent groundbreaking geophysical investigations tell us about how recently implemented services and major facility projects have facilitated research. The questions that each of us might ask ourselves as we listen to presentations and discuss them include

  • Among all of the activities that comprise EarthScope – SAFOD, PBO, USArray (including TA, FA, MT, DMS, EPO) – which features were most effective at promoting scientific advances?
  • What scientific progress was facilitated by the combination of SAFOD, PBO, and USArray? What further progress might have been possible if there had been a contemporaneous InSAR mission?
  • Have complementary lessons been learned from the Cascadia Initiative and other very wide aperture arrays, such as in China?
  • Does the development of a de facto array across all of Europe arising from independent investments by different countries offer lessons about the importance of unified planning to achieve efficiency or scientific gains?


Presenter Title Video Link
Gary Egbert - PDF
(Oregon State Univ.)
Insights into Fluids and Melt in the Crust and Mantle from 3D Inversion of EarthScope MT Data Video
Göran Ekström - PDF
(Columbia Univ.)
Wave Propagation across the US: Exploiting the Quality of USArray Data Video
Joan Gomberg - PDF
(U.S. Geological Survey)
Exploring Pragmatic to Esoteric Applications of PBO High-rate Geodetic Data to Constraining Fault Slip Video
Hitoshi Kawakatsu - PDF
(Univ. of Tokyo)
Hi-Net is Great! Video

Dirt, Data, Desktop, and Dissemination

Session Organizers

  • Suzan van der Lee - (Northwestern Univ.)
  • Susan Schwartz - (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)

The Tuesday morning oral session will begin with presentations about different types seismological research projects. In addition to describing an exciting project, each speaker is asked envision how new or improved services might make improve the efficiency or effectiveness of work during several phases of project:

What new instrumentation is needed as the requirements for cutting-edge science continue advancing? When is this work best done by PI-led groups of students and other researchers, and when are professional teams more effective?
How are bits from a field system turned into useful, high-quality data? How do data providers use quality metrics to improve data? How do researchers use metrics to select data? What services from networked data centers are required to work more efficiently?
What services complement data? Data system products? Widely used software? (Whether shared by an individual, developed by as a community software, or managed as open source.) High performance computing resources? Visualization tools?
How are the data used in a project or publication documented? How are research products linked with data? How does the community collectively evaluate and adopt new field practices, data processing algorithms, and analysis methods?

After the presentations, workshop participants will join breakout groups to discuss “What services do we need?” in each in each phase of a research project, while addressing all of the science challenges. We will then reconvene in plenary to hear and discuss reports from the breakout groups.


Presenter Title Video Link
Geoffrey Abers
(Columbia Univ.)
Do Scientific Breakthroughs Come from Large Programs?
Emilie Hooft
(Univ. of Oregon)
Imaging a Crustal Magma Body at Newberry Volcano: A Feasibility Study that Justifies Large-N Video
Gary Pavlis - PDF
(Indiana Univ.)
Lessons Learned from 24 Years of Collecting and Processing Broadband Array Data  

Unexpected Science: New Approaches to Using Continuous Array Data

Session Organizers

  • Heather DeShon - (Southern Methodist Univ.)
  • Carl Tape - (Univ. of Alaska)

At the concluding science session Wednesday morning, we will explore the implications of data coming now from thousands of sensors recording continuously. In four independent presentations, researchers with extensive experience from diverse disciplines of geoscience motivated by questions such as

  • What previously unrecognized Earth structure or processes can we see?
  • What types of exploratory research, such as new approaches to modeling or visualization, are revealing previously unsuspected patterns in the data?
  • What new science is emerging from use of seismic data to monitor time-dependent changes of structures or of exotic sources in the solid earth and atmosphere?

There will be ample time for discussion after each presentation, with an intention to draw lessons that are useful in a planning forum that will follow. At the planning forum, the community can discuss steps after the Workshop towards envisioning services to facilitate research beyond 2018.


Presenter Title Video Link
René Édouard Plessix
(Royal Dutch Shell)
Multi-Parameter Waveform Inversion of Low-Frequency, Wide-Angle Active Surface Seismic Data  
Victor Tsai - PDF
(California Inst. of Technology)
New Developments in Ambient Noise Imaging  
Catherine de Groot-Hedlin - PDF
(Univ. of California, San Diego)
Detection of Gravity Waves and Infrasound Signals at the USArray Video
Rick Aster - PDF
(Colorado State Univ.)
The Ubiquity of Seismology Video

Pre-Workshop Symposia

IRIS Staff have organized several Sunday morning events for specialized audiences.

Data Services Workshop

Organized by

  • Tim Ahern, IRIS

IRIS Data Services will conduct a short course on Sunday morning June 8, 2014 in conjunction with the IRIS workshop in Sunriver, Oregon. It will begin at 8AM with a light breakfast and end around noon. The discussion will be informal but we will demonstrate and discuss a variety of topics including

  • The new directions IRIS Data Services will be pursuing during the next 5 years
  • Highlight our new Auxiliary Data Center, and what it means for you
    • Demonstrate some new applications
    • WILBER 3
    • IEB with the 3D viewer
    • jWeed
    • MUSTANG QA system

We will also discuss a new direction to support product developments at the DMC and give a brief review of the web services enabling access to waveform data, event information and station metadata.

The most important part of the short course is to hear from you, our community, as to specific questions you may have. We will leave ample time for your questions and enable you to interact with IRIS DMC staff.

To register for this event, please visit the short course page at the DMC website .

Jumping on the Employment Express
– How to be Part of the Geosciences Employment Boom

Organized By

  • Christopher Keane - (Dir. of Communications and Technology, American Geosciences Institute)
  • Danielle Sumy - (Univ. of Southern California)
  • Andy Frassetto - (IRIS)

Topics to be Covered

  • building a skill-based resume
  • thinking of opportunities in the geosciences vs. location, with map exercise
  • reviewing data about jobs in the earth sciences, where graduates are finding employment (location and type)
  • think, pair, share exercise amongst participants
  • Q&A with speakers from non-academic career tracks

Field Trip

Newberry volcano is near the western end of the High Lava Plains (HLP) seismic experiment, one of the largest deployments of broadband and controlled source Flexible Array instruments, and has been the target of several USGS and NSF-funded seismic and magnetotellurics studies. Snow accumulation is less than usual this year, so we hope to have access to the caldera, which is less than 25 miles from the Workshop venue. On Sunday afternoon, we offer two alternatives for enjoyable and informative field trips:

Volcano Geology: Bob Jensen will lead a field trip to geologically significant features related to Newberry Volcano. Bob is a retired Forest Service employee and USGS volunteer who has worked closely with USGS volcano geologist Julie Donelly-Nolan. In addition to the caldera, other possible destinations include Lava Butte and Pilot Butte, each within 15 miles of Sunriver Resort.

Geothermal Energy: Trenton Cladouhos of AltaRock Energy will lead a trip to the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal Systems site. IRIS portable instrumentation was used for studies at this site, where an enhanced geothermal systems demonstration at Newberry Volcano that is partially funded by the Department of Energy. Seth Moran of the Cascadia Volcano Observatory will join this trip, and there may be opportunities to view stations installed in recent years to improve monitoring of Newberry Volcano.

Special Interest Group Meetings

Meetings expected to be of special interest to groups of 10 to 50 Workshop participants are scheduled during selected time intervals of 60 or 90 minutes through the Workshop. Each SIG meeting is intended to function as a “two-way street”. That is, the organizers typically make or invite a few short presentations, partly to inform the group about recent developments but also to stimulate discussion about how activities can better serve the community.

SIG meetings are not scheduled while oral sessions or poster sessions are underway, but several meetings run concurrently during each SIG interval. The program committee aims to minimize conflicts by scheduling meetings on topics likely to have overlapping participation at different times. One benefit from this is that the meeting topics during each interval are diverse, and most participants are keenly interested in at least one meeting during each SIG interval.

This year, organizers are being asked to provide reports back to the Board of Directors about an outcome from each meeting, including what the community has suggested for research and education services to advance geoscience in the future. You can help the meeting organizers represent your views in their reports by attending and actively participating in SIG meetings.

Enabling Large N

  • Organized by - John Hole - Virginia Tech., Bob Woodward - IRIS

Evolving technologies will allow the deployment of seismic arrays capable of recording well-sampled wavefields, reducing or eliminating aliasing. The resulting datasets will enable new wavefield imaging methods that can transform studies of seismic sources and of Earth structure. The largest potential for new science capacity is likely to be at low frequencies to intermediate periods, which include societally relevant topics such as earthquake hazards, source discrimination, and energy. At this meeting, we will describe converging technologies for field acquisition and data analysis of full wavefields and discuss how we might move forward with creating a Large N facility to enable this vision.

Subduction Zone Observatory

  • Organized by - Jeff McGuire - WHOI , Bob Woodward - IRIS

With the successful completion of EarthScope, it will be possible to jointly leverage the USArray and PBO efforts to create an unprecedented 18,000 km long Subduction Zone Observatory along the length of the east Pacific margin. An SZO stretching from the Aleutians in the north, to the tip of Tierra del Fuego in the south, can enable research on all facets of subduction zone processes and facilitate a systems approach to a complex inter-linked set of processes involving deformation on times scales from seconds to millions of years and spatial scales from millimeters to thousands of kilometers. The SZO would provide unprecedented observations of deformational responses before, during and after a megathrust earthquake and other phenomena on the plate interface including slow slip events and episodic tremor. An SZO would improve our understanding of the dynamic processes in a variety of geophysical hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. The observations would be relevant to grand challenges in Earth science, including fluid flux through the crust and mantle, geochemical processes in arcs, and injection of water into the mantle. The SZO would be multidisciplinary – encompassing geodetic, seismographic, magnetotellurics, LIDAR, InSAR, and other observing systems. Our goals at this meeting are to begin identifying and compiling specific ideas and objectives for an SZO, to identify other geoscience communities with interest in SZO science, and to make progress towards an international workshop to articulate the major science objectives and required facilities.

Global Array of Broadband Arrays

  • Organized by - Keith Koper - Univ. of Utah

Description coming soon!

USArray in Alaska

  • Organized by - Doug Christensen - Univ. of Alaska, Katrin Hafner - IRIS, Frank Vernon - Univ. of California

Beginning in 2014 and accelerating during 2015 and 2016, the Transportable Array will be deployed as a single footprint in Alaska and northwestern Canada. These TA stations will be arranged in a grid-like pattern spaced at ~85 km, covering all of interior Alaska and adjacent areas. IRIS is working with the Alaska Earthquake Center, Alaska Volcano Observatory, and the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center to upgrade and leverage existing seismic infrastructure and permitting wherever possible. Installation will be complete by late 2017. TA stations are operated at least two years until removed. While no firm date has been set for removal, its expected to begin in 2019. Flexible Array deployments are also expected in Alaska, and at least one project is already funded to study the Cook Inlet Basin. Other FlexArray deployments might be focused in the active arc for volcanic processes, earthquake processes, and active tectonic processes, rapid mobilizations of instruments for post-earthquake studies, or other projects limited only by the imagination of the community. IRIS management and governance have been working to scale the TA in Alaska Project to awarded budgets and forecasts as these total 15% less than proposed over five years. We describe the need for changes, and the approach used to rescope the deployment. We want to discuss this with science community so they can appreciate the schedule and potential impacts and, in particular, to extend community discussion of science objectives-including new objectives presented by the geophysical setting and possible impacts to rescoping choices. Many of the scope adjustments are limited in the first year or so, and so clarity on objectives will continue to guide further steering in the next year or so as the effects of changes accumulate in later years. In general, the deployment will shrink from ~294 stations to about ~262 stations, with interspersed stations dropped from the grid in the Northern and Western periphery and in Canada, and the effort on continuous real-time telemetry and station construction costs will be scaled back 10%.

Current and Future States of PASSCAL

  • Organized by - Seth Moran - USGS, Bob Woodward - IRIS

Since its inception 25-plus years ago, the IRIS PASSCAL program has evolved in ways large and small to meet the evolving needs of the PI community. In this SIG meeting we will to briefly describe the different ways that PASSCAL provides service to investigators, and provide updates on service levels to be provided under the SAGE budget. We will also review the current state-of-health of the PASSCAL instrument pool, including presenting findings from the PASSCAL Sustainability Working Group that has been looking into various questions regarding the sustainability of the instrument pool. We encourage any and all potential users of the PASSCAL program to come learn about how PASSCAL works and discuss some of the challenges facing the program as we move into SAGE.

High Performance Computing

  • Organized by - Carl Tape - Univ. of Alaska, Rengin Gok - Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

The infrastructure available today for collecting, exchanging, and comparing multiple types of geophysical data is advancing rapidly: sensors are becoming less expensive to acquire and more readily deployed in large numbers, while the capacities for data telemetry and storage increase. These developments create opportunities for cutting-edge computational facilities to facilitate rapid advances in deep and broad understanding of many Earth processes, with benefits extending to broader society. The U.S. has committed to developing exascale computing, and hardware with vastly greater capabilities have been created – yet none of the systems are configured or managed with the requirements of Earth science research as a consideration. Efficient use of a shared computing would require adoption of community data and software, but the Earth science community is already pursuing this course even while very few joint teams of software engineers and discipline scientists are even aware of the distinct requirements of Earth science research. We will describe efforts to improve this situation and seek community input on how they envision using advanced computing capability and features that would facilitate their use of such services. Discussion will be based in part on the community white paper Advancing Solid Earth System Science through High-Performance Computing.

Volume Velocity Inversions and Converted-Wave Migrations: Uncertainties & Uniqueness

  • Organized by - Ken Dueker - Univ. of Wyoming, Rick Aster - Colorado State Univ.

Seismic and seismically-derived inverse models of Earth structure are cornerstone contributions of seismology to Earth sciences. However, their use is subject to over interpretation and/or misrepresentation, particularly by non-specialists. At this meeting, we plan to discuss ways in which we might more adequately and accurately portray and convey uncertainty and non-uniqueness issues within the seismological community and with peer geoscientists from other areas of specialization. We invite practitioners and users of seismic velocity models to participate broadly in this discussion. Possible topics might include tools for more completely investigating resolution, examination of regularization or other biasing methodologies, dissemination of models, normative expectations for peer-reviewed manuscripts presenting and/or utilizing velocity models, and issues related to their interpretation in terms of mappings of temperature, attenuation, mineralogy, phase, etc.

IRIS Support for Early Career Scientists

  • Organized by - Tim Ahern - IRIS, John Taber - IRIS

Are you unsure about which tool is the best for you to access data and data products from the IRIS DMC? Then come join this SIG, which will focus on tools and services for early career scientists. It will begin with a short summary of the various client applications and web services that scientists can use to easily access time series and products available from the IRIS DMC. The majority of the SIG will be for interactions between early career scientists and IRIS staff, to discuss research needs and potential data access and data product solutions. Among the tools discussed will be WILBER3, IEB, jWeed and several powerful PERL and shell scripts available from the IRIS DMC. Additionally, the interfaces to MatLab and ObsPy will be presented, along with hints for accessing information directly using standard Internet tools such as wget and curl.

Increasing Seismometer Presence in the Oceans: Identification of Scientific Needs

  • Organized by - Brent Evers - IRIS

The Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP) is soliciting input from the seismology community to identify the key concerns and services that OBSIP should provide in the future. OBSIP has recently expanded our instrument fleet and added pressure gauges to many of the existing instruments. Recent community experiments provide an opportunity for OBSIP to expand the OBS user base and encourage use of OBS data. This SIG will give an overview of recent changes in the OBSIP facility and focus on identifying the OBS community’s needs for the future.

Real-Time Seismic Data from the Oceans

  • Organized by - Gabi Laske - Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, Frederik Simons - Princeton Univ., Guust Nolet - Géoazur

Two new developments in ocean seismology offer methods of extending the Global Seismic Network into the oceanic domain: Wave gliders coupled acoustically to ocean bottom seismometers (ADDOSS), and the recording of seismic P waves by untethered low-cost floats in the water column (MERMAID). We will start this meeting with summaries of what has been accomplished so far, then discuss a number of important questions. What are the design goals of an Ocean GSN? What are the possibilities, advantages and drawbacks of each system? What synergies can be obtained with other disciplines beyond seismology? Should the seismic community start a worldwide effort like the FDSN, or leave it to individual PI’s to launch such instruments? What role can IRIS play in these initiatives?

IRIS Government Communications

  • Organized by - Ray Willemann - IRIS, Anne Meltzer - Lehigh Univ.

Apart from its role as facility operator, the IRIS Consortium of U.S. universities is an advocate for government policies and funding that support geoscience research, emphasizing the use of seismological data to address a wide range of objectives with benefits to broader society. IRIS works to inform members of Congress and administration officials about how seismology and related fields of geophysics contribute to tsunami early warning, earthquake rapid alerts and early warning, earthquake hazard mitigation, underground nuclear test monitoring, exploration and evaluation of energy and mineral resources, mapping hydrologic and other near-surface resources, and documenting selected aspects of the state of the ocean and of glaciers. At this meeting, we will provide a summary of recent IRIS activities in this area, and solicit community input on prioritizing future activities.

Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Organized by - Michael Hubenthal - IRIS, Derek Schutt - Colorado State Univ, John Taber - IRIS

Would you like to add some new seismology exercises into your intro classes? Do you need some ideas and resources for upper level seismology courses? Are you interested in getting involved in education research? This meeting will begin with an overview of a recently developed and tested set of intro undergraduate activities that are based on the grand challenges in seismology. The activities are designed to be integrated into your existing courses, while also conveying the latest seismological research to your students. This will be followed by a discussion on a developing project to provide a shared repository of higher-level course materials (PowerPoint files, homework, labs, etc.) from individual faculty members. Feedback is needed from the community as to how to organize and curate such a collection, and to define what is most needed. The meeting will conclude with a discussion of the spectrum of opportunities for the IRIS community to increase their involvement in geoscience education research.

Commonalities between Exploration and Academic Seismology

  • Organized by - Emily Brodsky - Univ. of California, Bob Woodward - IRIS

Recent technical developments bring together seismologists from industry and academia in a variety of ways. Autonomous seismic exploration acquisition equipment allows the economic collection of continuous passive seismic data that is not normally acquired in conjunction with controlled-source seismic exploration. This passive data records naturally occurring signals (ambient noise, micro-earthquakes, and teleseismic events) that can provide additional understanding of the subsurface. Recent advances in seismic data analysis can utilize these naturally occurring signals to complement and enhance subsurface images from active source seismic surveys. These advances incorporate techniques that cross-over between exploration and earthquake seismology, and are being applied to 3D and 4D active source surveys. We seek community involvement in emerging topics of common interest that include applications and algorithms, instrumentation and sensors, using dense arrays in both active and passive source applications, multi-use data sets, managing large data sets, and developing the workforce of the future.

Early Career: Work / Life Balance

  • Organized by - Harmony Colella - Miami Univ., Danielle Sumy - Univ. of Southern California , Andy Frassetto - IRIS

New faculty members and researchers have commitments spread across research, teaching, service, student advising, family, etc. This SIG meeting will be split into two parts. First we will be introduce the incoming Chair of the Working Group and discuss the current needs of the ECI community. Second, a panel of seasoned members of the community will profile their career paths and be available to answer questions from early career scientists. We encourage all members of the IRIS community to attend and participate in this SIG. Perspectives and mentorship from more senior members of the IRIS community are particularly welcomed. For more ECI information, please visit: IRIS ECI


Workshop participants are encouraged to present posters on IRIS-facilitated research and on topics related to the oral sessions. In lieu of an abstract, each poster presenter must submit a Science Highlight by April 30. Science Highlight titles and authors information will be printed in the Workshop program, and the agenda includes times devoted exclusively to poster presentations.
View Science Highlights

All posters will be displayed through the entire Workshop on 8' wide x 4' high poster boards in the event space, where break refreshments will be served. Posters on related topics will be clustered and scheduled for authors to be available for discussion at the same time. Poster assignment information will be available at the Registration table beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, June 8. You may begin to hang posters after 3:00pm on Sunday. Posters need to be removed by 12:00 pm on Wednesday.

The Science Highlights will also be stored and prominently displayed from IRIS' homepage, presenting an opportunity to share with all the broad and exciting body of work produced by the IRIS community. This virtual archive will serve as a resource to peers within the geoscience community, science directors at the National Science Foundation, and the general public. We encourage members of the IRIS community to contribute scientific, educational and outreach highlights to our gallery of IRIS-enabled accomplishments.

Meeting Venue

Sunriver Resort
17600 Center Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707

Hotel Reservations

Guestroom Rate $156/night (inclusive of taxes and resort fee).

The group rate is available until Friday, May 16, 2014 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Attendees are responsible for securing guest rooms with the exception of supported students, invited speakers and IRIS staff. For more information, go to the Travel and Lodging Reimbursement Policies.

Phone Reservations: 800-547-3922, Group Code: IRIS

Travel and Lodging Reimbursement Policies

Our biennial Workshop is a unique opportunity for the IRIS community to convene for inclusive discussion of recent research, facilities, NSF priorities, and plans. IRIS helps to defray expenses in order to ensure broad participation in this conversation.


Members of the Board of Directors and Program Committees

IRIS will reimburse members of the IRIS Board of Directors and voting members of the four Program Standing Committees for the cost of up to four nights of lodging during the Workshop and their own travel, up to a maximum of $500.

Speakers at Oral Sessions

IRIS will reimburse speakers at Oral Sessions for the cost of up to four nights of lodging during the Workshop and their own travel, up to a maximum of $500. Organizing a plenary session, or organizing or speaking at a SIG meeting does not qualify a participant for reimbursement of any expenses.

Representatives of IRIS Voting Member Institutions

For each Voting Member of the Consortium that is not represented at the Workshop by a member of the Board of Directors, a member of one of the four Program Standing Committees, or a speaker at a Plenary Session, IRIS will reimburse one representative for the cost of up to four nights of lodging during the Workshop. Voting Member Representatives are responsible for the cost of their own travel. Voting Members of the Consortium are encouraged to use this support for a junior faculty member who might not otherwise be able to participate in the Workshop.

Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Subject to individual approval in advance of the workshop, IRIS will pay the cost of up to four nights of lodging in a shared double room during the Workshop and reimburse the cost of their travel, up to a maximum of $500, for a limited number of students and post-docs. Normally, no more than one person is supported in this category from each Voting Member of the Consortium. IRIS will reserve rooms and assign roommates for approved students and post-docs. Supported students and post-docs who choose not to share a room may contact IRIS to make arrangements for a single room, at the individual’s expense in excess of the shared room rate.

Policies Applicable to All Participants

Every participant is responsible to register for the Workshop and field trips before the deadline and must pay the Workshop and field trip fees. Every participant is individually responsible for expenses except where reimbursement is explicitly offered above. Every participant is responsible for travel expenses in excess of $500, expenses for travel in first or business class or on non-U.S. carriers, lodging for accompanying persons, and lodging before or after the Workshop. Except for supported students and post-docs, every participant is responsible for making their own lodging reservation. Every registered participant and registered accompanying person is welcome at all group meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breaks) throughout the Workshop. Qualified participants will receive reimbursement after submitting an IRIS expense form and receipts within one month after the Workshop

Air & Ground Transportation

Airport Information

Bend/Redmond airport is 45 minutes north of Sunriver.

The airport is served by the following airlines:
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
United Airlines

More Information can be obtained here

Airport Transfers

Ground transportation is provided by Sunriver Resort Transportation. The rate is $20 round trip (reference IRIS to receive the discounted rate).

Download the Sunriver Transportation Request Form or call (541)-593-1000 to make a reservation.

2014 IRIS Full Workshop Agenda

Sunday, June 8

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pre-Workshop Symposia: Data Services Workshop
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pre-Workshop Symposia: Jumping on the Employment Express – How to be Part of the Geosciences Employment Boom, hosted by the IRIS Early Career Investigators Working Group (ECI)
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Boxed Lunches for Field Trip Participants
(pre-registration required; contact for more information)
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM Field trip to Newberry Volcano
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM IRIS Workshop Welcoming Barbeque at Besson Commons

Monday, June 9

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast Great Hall
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Plenary Session: Science Challenges Homestead
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Plenary Session (continued)
12:00 PM -1:00 PM Lunch Great Hall
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Plenary Session: Very Wide Aperture Arrays Homestead
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Poster Session with Refreshments Sage Springs Indoor Tennis Court
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM SIG Meetings - Session A
USArray in Alaska Heritage I
Large N Initiative Heritage II
Global Arrays Landmark I
IRIS Government Comms Landmark II
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Dinner: Recognition of David Simpson Great Hall

Tuesday, June 10

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7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast Great Hall
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Plenary Session: Dirt, Data, Desktop, Dissemination Homestead
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Breakout Groups: What Do We Need? Heritage I & II
Landmark I & II
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Plenary Reports from Breakout Groups Homestead
12:00 PM -1:00 PM Lunch Great Hall
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM SIG Meetings - Session B
Velocity Models Heritage I
Subduction Zone Observatory Heritage II
Real-Time Seismic Data from the Oceans Landmark I
Undergrad Curriculum Landmark II
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM SIG Meetings - Session C
Industry Relations Heritage I
GSN Renewal Heritage II
High Performance Computing Landmark I
Early Career Work/Life Balance Landmark II
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Poster Session with Refreshments Sage Springs Indoor Tennis Court
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM SIG Meetings - Session D
Current and Future States of PASSCAL Heritage I
Increasing Seismometer Presence in the Oceans Heritage II
Support for Early Career Scientists Landmark I
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Great Hall

Wednesday, June 11

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast Great Hall
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Plenary Session: Unexpected Science Homestead
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Plenary Session (continued)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Adjourn Great Hall
Early Afternoon Posters
Late Afternoon SIG Meetings (running in parallel)
Evening Group Dinner

The registration period for this workshop closed at Fri, May 16, 2014 - 2:11:00 PM.

The abstract submission period for this workshop closed at .

The whitepaper submission period for this workshop closed at .

The webinar registration period for this workshop closed at .

Last Name First Name Institution
Accardo Natalie Columbia University - LDEO
Adhikari Lok Bijaya National Seismological Center, Department of Mines and Geology
Ahern Tim IRIS Data Services
Allen Richard UC Berkeley
Allstadt Kate University of Washington
Alvarez Mark Trimble Navigation
Anderson Kent IRIS
Anderson Megan Colorado College
Arrowsmith Ramon Arizona State University
Aster Richard Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University
Bansal Abhey Ram The Georgia Institute of Technology
Baranowski Mary IRIS Consortium
Beaudoin Bruce IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center
Benson Rick IRIS Data Management Center
Bernsen Steven New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Bilek Susan New Mexico Tech
Biryol Berk University of North Carolina
Bockholt Blaine Center for Earthquake Research and Information, University of Memphis
Bogiatzis Petros Harvard
Bowles-Martinez Esteban Oregon State University
Bremner Paul University of Florida
Buehler Janine Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Butler Robert University of Portland
Byrnes Joseph University of Oregon
Chai Chengping Penn State University
Chaves Esteban University of California, Santa Cruz
Chen Chen Purdue University
Chen Min Rice University
Chen Wang-Ping Zhejiang Univertsity
Chen Xiaowei Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Chen Yu Stony Brook University
Chestler Shelley University of Washington
Chestler Shelley University of Washington
Christensen Douglas Geophysical Institute, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks
Clark Adam IRIS
Cochran Elizabeth US Geological Survey
Colella Harmony Miami University of Ohio/Arizona State University
Creager Ken University of Washington
Davenport Kathy Virginia Tech
Davis Peter UCSD
de Groot-Hedlin Catherine Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Delph Jonathan University of Arizona
Denolle Marine Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
DeShon Heather Southern Methodist University
Detrick Robert IRIS Consortium
Dodge Doug Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Dorr Perle IRIS Consortium
Eakin Caroline Yale University
Eddy Celia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Edel Stanislav New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Egbert Gary Oregon State University
Ekstrom Goran LDEO, Columbia University
Evers Brent IRIS - OBSIP
Fan Wenyuan Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Fannon Mackenzie Eastern Connecticut State University
Frassetto Andrew IRIS Consortium
Furlong Kevin Penn State University
Gaherty James Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Gallegos Andrea New Mexico State University
Ghosh Abhijit University of California, Riverside
Gomberg Joan US Geological Survey
Harris Cooper University of Southern California
Hawley William University of California, Berkeley
Hawley William University of California, Berkeley
Heath Ben University of Oregon
Hodgkinson Kathleen UNAVCO
Hole John Virginia Tech
Hooft Emilie University of Oregon
Hu Shaoqian Saint Louis University
Hubenthal Michael IRIS Consortium
Huesca-Perez Eduardo University of California, Riverside
husain naji observation center for seismic and volcanic study
Hwang Lorraine UC Davis / CIG
James Esther Boston University
Janiszewski Helen LDEO, Columbia University
Jaume Steven College of Charleston
jeon young soo NIMR / KMA
Johnson Jenda Animation Contractor for IRIS
Johnson Leonard National Science Foundation
Jung Hyung-Sup University of Seoul
Kawakatsu Hitoshi University of Tokyo - Earthquake Research Institute
Keller Randy University of Oklahoma
Koper Keith University of Utah
Kroll Kayla UC Riverside
Lanza Federica Michigan Technological University
Lin Fan-Chi University of Utah
Linn Leslie IRIS Consortium
Lodewyk Jessica IRIS
Lynner Colton Yale University
Ma Zhitu Scripps Institution of Oceanography
MacDougall Julia Brown University
Magnani Maria Beatrice Southern Methodist University
Mancinelli Nicholas Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Matoza Robin Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
mavazhe patricia goetz observatory
McGuire Jeff WHOI
McLean Lois McLean Media
Meltzer Anne Lehigh University
Meng Xiaofeng Georgia Institute of Technology
Miller Meghan UNAVCO
Monfort Charles Martin, Blanck & Associates, LLC
Moores Andrew Nanometrics
Moores Andrew Nanometrics Inc.
Moran Seth U.S. Geological Survey - Cascades Volcano Observatory
Mulabisana Thifhelinbilu Faith University of Witwatersrand and Council for Geoscience
Newman Susan SSA
Nolet Guust Universit? de Nice/Sophia Antipolis
Olimat Waleed Jordan Seismological Observatory
Olugboji Tolulope Yale University
Orcutt John Scripps/UCSD
Parker Elias University of Georgia
Pavlis Gary Indiana University
Pfeifer Mary IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center
Pitarka Arben Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Plessix Ren?-?douard Shell Global Solutions International
Poppeliers Christian East Carolina University
Porritt Robert University of Southern California
Porter Ryan Northern Arizona University
Puskas Christine UNAVCO
Pyle Moira Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ramotoroko Calistus Botswana International University of Science and Technology
Rashidi Amin Institute of Geophysics University of Tehran
Reimiller Robert Certified Software Corp.
Ritsema Jeroen University of MIchigan
Ruan Youyi Brown University
Ruppert Stanley Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Russo Ray University of Florida
Saavedra Teresa IRIS-HQ
Schulte-Pelkum Vera University of Colorado Boulder
Schwartz Susan UC Santa Cruz
Sharer Gillian IRIS
Shen Weisen University of Colorado at Boulder
Shillington Donna Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Shokoohi Razi Ayda Rutgers University
Silwal Vipul University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Simon Joel Princeton
Simons Frederik Princeton University
Simons Mark Caltech
Simpson David IIRIS Consortium
Snyder David Geological Survey of Canada
Snyder David Geological Survey of Canada
Snyder David Geological Survey of Canada
Stanciu Adrian Christian University of Florida
Storm Tyler ASL
Sumy Danielle University of Southern California
Taber John IRIS
Takeo Akiko Hokkaido University
Takeo Akiko Hokkaido University
Tape Carl U. Alaska Fairbanks
Tepp Gabrielle University of Rochester
Tessman Rick McLean Media
Tian Yiteng University of Connecticut
Toomey Douglas University of Oregon
Trabant Chad IRIS DMC
Tsai Victor California Institute of Technology
Ulberg Carl University of Washington
Vernon Frank UCSD
Vidale John U Washington
Ward Kevin The University of Arizona
Weekly Robert IRIS DMC
Wei Songqiao Washington University in St. Louis
Welti Russ IRIS
West Michael University of Alaska Fairbanks
Whitcomb James NSF
Willemann Raymond IRIS Consortium
Winberry Paul Central Washington University
Wirth Erin Yale University
Wolin Emily Northwestern University
Woodward Bob IRIS
Woolley Rob IRIS
Wu Francis SUNY Binghamton/University of Southern California
Wu Francis SUNY Binghamton/University of Southern California
Wysession Michael Washington University
XIE JIAYI University of Colorado Boulder
Yao Dongdong Georgia Institute of Technology
yao qian University of California, San Diego
Yuan Kaiqing UCLA
Zhan Zhongwen University of California, San Diego

The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at .

Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Mon, March 03, 2014
  • Registration deadline:
    Fri, May 16, 2014

Workshop Location
Sunriver Resort