IRIS Workshop 2010
Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, Utah, United States

Welcome to the 2010 IRIS Workshop Website

The 2010 IRIS Workshop will celebrate the 25th anniversary of IRIS - and look ahead to an exciting future for the Earth sciences. With the recent publication of "Seismological Grand Challenges in Understanding Earth's Dynamic Systems", the IRIS Consortium of over 110 U.S. universities has a very special opportunity: to use these Grand Challenges to shape plans for continuing evolution of the facilities that support geophysical research.

The Workshop will include plenary presentations on cutting-edge investigations related to many of the Grand Challenges, organized into sessions on Exploration & Near-Surface Seismology, the Science of Fault Slip and Earthquake Rupture, Mantle Dynamics, and the Science and Policy of Deadly Earthquakes.

Between and after the plenary sessions, the workshop will include poster sessions and special interest group meetings. Each of these venues provides opportunities to delve into greater detail and to discuss the next steps forward and the resources required to support successful projects.

As always, the IRIS Workshop will include settings for informal discussion, including group dinners with stimulating lectures, the recreational facilities of the Snowbird Resort, and field trips on the geology of the nearby Wasatch Fault and infrastructure that mitigates societal risk.

Science Program Chairs

  • Mike Brudzinski - Miami University of Ohio
  • Ed Garnero - Arizona State University
  • Stephane Rondenay - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Field Trips

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meeting participants have two field trip options to choose from during the afternoon on Thursday, June 10.

Option 1 - Wasatch Water Tunnel Tour - Free

The walking tour lasts one hour and tours will run between 1pm-4pm on Thursday. Hard hats are required and provided. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are required.

The Wasatch Water Tunnel is a fascinating underground operation of pumps, pipes, and old mines that supply water to Snowbird Resort and cooling water to the Co-Generation Plant.

Your tour of this tunnel will bring you underground through mines dug in the 1870's and 1880's. This is only a small part of the 1000 miles of mine tunnels between Snowbird and Park City. The rock that lines the incline is called Tillite. It is over 600 million years old - Pre Cambrian. You can see the remains of ancient sea shores on the ceiling and sides.

Option 2 - Geology of the Central Wasatch Mountains Near Snowbird, Utah - $11/person

The guided bus tour is three hours, departing from Cliff Lodge at 12pm and returning at 4pm. Dress is casual/comfortable; umbrellas may be needed for inclement weather. There will be stops to view the rock exposures, but hiking is not involved.

  • Stop #1 - Alta, Utah: Igneous history, 19th century mining history, drinking water source from mine tunnels with heavy metals.
  • Stop #2 - Bypass road near Snowbird: Neoproterozoic glaciation, Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic strata, Mesozoic thrust faulting, Tertiary igneous intrusives, Basin-and-Range normal faulting.
  • Stop #3 - Mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon: Pleistocene Glaciation, Wasatch normal fault, paleoseismology and earthquake hazard.
  • Stop #4 - Big Cottonwood Canyon: Neoproterozoic tidal estuary, tidal rhythmites, and Neoproterozoic Earth-Moon system.

Hotel and Transportation

How to Reserve Lodging

Reservation Line for Lodging & Shuttle: 800-453-3000 & reference IRIS Workshop. A one-night deposit per room is required at the time the reservation is made. If cancellation is received within 48 hours of the scheduled arrival date, the entire one night's lodging deposit will be forfeited.

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

Little Cottonwood Canyon
Snowbird, Utah

Group Rate

$139 plus tax

Shuttle Service

Canyon Shuttle Service Discount from Salt Lake City International Airport to Resort: $60 roundtrip/person plus gratuity. Cancellations within 48 hours of arrival are non-refundable.

Canyon Transportation can be found in either Terminal One or Terminal Two, right next to the bag claim carousels. To expedite your departure from the airport, check-in with a representative at the Canyon Transportation desk before claiming your bags.

They also have a desk at Snowbird in the Cliff Lodge on lower level one, the same level that you will arrive. You can call from any house phone at Snowbird by dialing RIDE (7433).

Reservation Deadline

May 7, 2009 (Rate will be offered on room available basis after May 7)

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 their own lodging for a maximum of four nights during the Workshop, and their own travel, up to a maximum of $500.

Speakers at Plenary Sessions

IRIS will reimburse speakers at Plenary Sessions for the cost of their own lodging for a maximum of four nights 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 their own lodging for a maximum of four nights 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 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. Students and post-docs are selected for this support based on abstracts that they submit for the Workshop. 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. IRIS does not reimburse any participant for the Workshop or 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


One student or Postdoctoral Fellow from IRIS member institutions may request support of up to $500 to cover cost of travel. Please review the Students and Postdoctoral Fellows section of the travel policy above for additional information.

Scholarship application deadline is April 9 and notifications begin April 19.

Tuesday, June 8th

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 4–9pm

4:00 pm
7:00 pm


7:30 pm
9:00 pm


Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar for students and post-docs participating in the Workshop to meet with senior IRIS staff, and members of the Board of Directors.

Wednesday, June 9th

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 7:00am–8:30pm

7:00 am
8:30 am


7:00 am
5:00 pm


8:30 am
11:00 am


Paul Earle, Wayne Pennington - Session Organizers

Reducing the Impact of Devastating Earthquakes: How USAID/OFDA Uses the Science of Seismology
Laura Powers

A Surge of Great and Deadly Earthquakes
Thorne Lay

NEIC: Earthquake Loss and Epidemiology
Emily So

Lessons From Catastrophic Disasters
Rob Olshansky, U. Illinois

11:00 am
12:30 pm


Refreshments available

12:30 pm
2:00 pm


Conference Center Tent

2:00 pm
2:15 pm


2:30 pm
4:30 pm


Beatrice Magnani, Felix Herrmann - Session Organizers

Recent Advances in Regularization and De-noising of Large Data Sets for Exploration Seismology
M.D. Sacchi, University of Alberta

Sub-Nyquist Sampling and Sparsity: Getting More Information From Fewer Samples
F. Herrmann, University of British Columbia

Paleoclimate and Underway Geophysics Studies at High Latitude Using a Small Research Vessel: Results from Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego
J. Austin, UTIG Austin

4:30 pm
6:00 pm


  • Hydrogeophysics (Wasatch A)
  • GSN Data Quality (Magpie A)
  • International Development Seismology (Magpie B)

6:30 pm
8:30 pm


Thursday, June 10th

Thursday, June 10th, 2010, 7am–9pm

7:00 am
8:30 am


"Early Career" Breakfast for Junior Faculty, Researchers and Post Docs Please sign up when you register at Snowbird

8:30 am
9:00 am


9:00 am
11:00 am


Brian Kennett, Maureen Long - Session Organizers

The Development of Seismic Arrays and Array Methods
Brian Kennett, Austral. Nat. U.

Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Interactions Beneath the Western US
Richard Allen, UC Berkeley

Imaging Mantle Dynamics in the Transition Zone
Nick Schmerr

Structure and Dynamics of the D" Region
James Wookey, U. of Bristol

Stacking of Dense Array Data to Image Giant and Deep Earthquakes
Miaki Ishii, Harvard U.

11:00 am
12:30 pm


  • MatLab (Wasatch A)
  • Magnetotellurics (Magpie A)
  • Resources for Teaching about the Grand Challenges (Magpie B)
  • GeoPRISMS (Superior A)

12:30 pm
2:00 pm


12:30 pm
4:30 pm

Pick up boxed lunches at Registration table

2:00 pm
3:00 pm


1:30 pm
5:00 pm


1:30PM - 2:30PM GSN: Rhett Butler, Xiaodong Song (Magpie A)
2:00PM - 3:00PM PASSCAL: Jim Fowler, Richard Allen (Magpie B)
2:30PM - 3:30PM DMS: Tim Ahern, Keith Koper (Wasatch A)
3:00PM - 4:00PM E&O: John Taber, Glenn Kroeger (Superior B)
3:30PM - 4:30PM Polar Activities: Kent Anderson (Magpie A)
4:00PM - 5:00PM USArray: Bob Woodward, Matt Fouch (Magpie B)

4:30 pm
6:00 pm

Refreshments available

6:30 pm
9:00 pm


Friday, June 11th

Friday, June 11th, 2010, 7:30am–8:00pm

7:30 am
9:00 am


9:00 am
11:00 am


Greg Beroza, Zhigang Peng - Session Organizers

Deep Slow Earthquake Activities in Nankai Subduction Zone, Southwest Japan
Kazushige Obara, NIED

PNSN Tremor Observations
Aaron Wech, U. Washington

Low Frequency Earthquakes
Justin Brown, Stanford U.

Numerical Modeling and Observation of Tremor in Southern California and Peru
Jean-Paul Ampuero, Caltech

11:00 am
12:30 pm

Refreshments available

12:30 pm
2:00 pm


12:30 pm
2:00 pm

Rob Woolley

12:30 pm
2:00 pm

Chad Trabant

2:00 pm
3:30 pm


  • Seismic Data for Undergraduate Education (Magpie A)
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and Seismology (Magpie B)
  • PIC Kitchen (Wasatch A)

3:30 pm
5:30 pm

Ed Garnero, Stephane Rondenay, Mike Brudzinski

Seismologists at a variety of stages in their careers (Brian Kennett, Greg Beroza, Barbara Romanowicz, Richard Allen, Susan Bilek, Miaki Ishii) will make brief remarks, primarily to simulate discussion among all of the Workshop participants.

6:00 pm
8:00 pm


The registration period for this workshop closed at Fri, May 14, 2010 - 11:59:00 PM.

The abstract submission period for this workshop closed at Mon, April 26, 2010 - 11:59:00 PM.

The whitepaper submission period for this workshop closed at .

The webinar registration period for this workshop closed at .

Last Name First Name Institution
Abers Geoffrey Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Ahern Tim IRIS DMS
Al-Shukri Haydar University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Allen Richard UC Berkeley
Anderson Kent IRIS
Arias-Dotson Eliana IRIS/PASSCAL
Aster Richard New Mexico Tech
Astiz Luciana IGPP, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, UCSD
Audet Pascal Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Azevedo Robert IRIS/PASSCAL
Azevedo Sandra New Mexico Tech- IRIS/PASSCAL
Baranowski James USMC
Baranowski Mary IRIS Consortium
Baranowski Mary IRIS Consortium
Baranowski Mary IRIS Consortium
Beaudoin Bruce IRIS PASSCAL
Beck Susan University of Arizona
Benson Rick IRIS DMC
Bilek Susan New Mexico Tech/EES Dept
Bilyeu Cassandra Cal State Universtiy Northridge
Biryol Cemal University of Arizona
Bohr Niels IRIS
Boyarko Devin Miami University
Braunmiller Jochen Oregon State University
Bravo Tammy IRIS
Brown Justin Stanford University
Brudzinski Michael Miami University
Bruton Christopher University of Alaska Fairbanks
Busby Robert IRIS
Butler Rhett IRIS
Butler Robert University of Portland
Cabello Olga the IRIS consortium
Calkins Joshua Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Callender Rick IRIS
Callender Rick IRIS
Carrick Tina University of Texas at El Paso
Chadwick Mark GNS Science, New Zealand
Chojnacki Paula Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Christensen Douglas University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute
Chu Risheng Caltech
Cochran Elizabeth University of California, Riverside
Coleman Ben Moravian College
Collins John Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Cottaar Sanne UC Berkeley
Cox Catherine University of Oklahoma
Creager Ken University of Washington
Crotwell H. Philip University of South Carolina
Davis Peter UCSD
DeShon Heather CERI, Univ. of Memphis
Detrick Robert NSF
Dorman LeRoy scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Dorr Perle IRIS Consortium
Driskell Melissa CERI-University of Memphis
Dueker Ken Univ. of Wyoming
Dziewonski Adam Harvard University
Eakins Jennifer Univ. of California, San Diego
Earle Paul USGS
Ekstrom Goran LDEO, Columbia University
Farrell Jamie University of Utah
Fat-Helbary Raafat El-Shafei Aswan Seismological Center
Fenaughty Kevin GNS Science, New Zealand
Fitzpatrick Michele University of Connecticut
Ford Sean Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Foster Anna LDEO/Columbia University
Fouch Matthew Arizona State University
Fu Yuanyuan University of Houston
Gaherty James Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Gao Haiying University of Oregon
Garnero Ed Arizona State University
Ghosh Abhijit University of Washington
Golden Steven Carnegie Institution of Washington
Green Marie University of Utah
Hafner Katrin IRIS/Earthscope/TA
Hansen Roger University of Alaska Fairbanks
Hansen Steven University of Wyoming
Harder Steven Univ. of Texas at El Paso
Harvey Danny BRTT
Hearn Tom New Mexico State University
Hedlin Michael U. C. San Diego
Hellman Sidney ISTI
Hernandez Stephen Washington University in St. Louis
Hirshorn Barry NOAA/NWS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Hole John Virginia Tech
Holtkamp Stephen Miami University
Houser Perry University of Texas at El Paso
Huang Guo-chin (Dino) Rutgers University
Humphreys Eugene University of Oregon
Hutt Charles USGS Albuquerque Seismo Lab
Isern Alexandra National Science Foundation
Ishii Miaki Harvard University
Ismail Awad National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics
Jackson Michael UNAVCO
Kane Deborah IGPP / UC San Diego
Karel Patrick Miami University of Ohio
Karstens Rich IRIS
Kell-Hills Annie Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno
Kennett Brian The Australian National University
KIM KEEHOON Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kim YoungHee Caltech
Kiser Eric Harvard University
Knox Hunter New Mexico Tech
Koper Keith Saint Louis University
Kroeger Glenn Trinity University
Langston Charles CERI, University of Memphis
laske gabi igpp, sio, uc san diego
Lawrence Jesse Stanford
Lay Thorne University of California Santa Cruz
Leeds Alena USGS
Leon Soto Gerardo New Mexico State University
Lerner-Lam Arthur Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Li Aibing University of Houston
Liberty Lee Boise State University
Lin Fan-Chi University of Colorado at Boulder
Linn Leslie IRIS
Linn Leslie IRIS Consortium
Livelybrooks Dean University of Oreogn
Lockridge Jeffrey Arizona State Unviersity
Long Maureen Yale University
Lou Xiaoting Northwestern University
Louie John University of Nevada, Reno
Lyons John Michigan Tech
MacCarthy Jonathan New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Magnani Maria Beatrice Center for Earthquake Research and Info
Mahdi Hanan University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Massin Frederick University of Utah Seismology Research Group
Masy Jeniffer Rice University
McNamara Daniel USGS
McQuillan Patrick IRIS
Miller Pnina PASSCAL Instrument Center/NMT
Monfort Charles Monfort-Lewis LLC
Moran Seth U.S. Geological Survey
Morgan Julia Rice University
Morozov Igor University of Saskatchewan
Moyer Pamela New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Nabelek John COAS/Oregon State University
Nettles Meredith LDEO
Newman Susan SSA
Niu Fenglin Rice University
Obara Kazushige ERI,Tokyo Univ
Olshansky Robert University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Oncescu Lani Geotech Instruments
Park Jeffrey Yale University
Passmore Paul Refraction Technology, Inc.
Pavlis Gary Indiana University
Pearce Frederick MIT
Pechmann James C. University of Utah
Peng Zhigang Georgia Institute of Technology
Pennington Wayne Michigan Technological University
Powell Christine CERI, University of Memphis
Powers Laura Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, US Agency for International Development
Pratt Thomas U. S. Geological Survey
Pyle Moira Saint Louis University
Rademacher Horst Guralp Systems
Reyes Celso University of Alaska Fairbanks
Ringler Adam USGS ASL
Romanowicz Barbara U.C. Berkeley
Rondenay Stéphane MIT
Ruan Youyi Virginia Tech
Saavedra Teresa IRIS
Schaeffer Andrew Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Schlanser Kristen Miami University of Ohio
Schmalzle Gina University of Washington
Schmandt Brandon University of Oregon
Schmerr Nicholas Carnegie Institution of Washington
Schulte-Pelkum Vera University of Colorado
Schultz Adam Oregon State University
Schutt Derek Colorado State University
Schwed Martin Trinity University
Sheehan Anne University of Colorado
Shen Weisen University of Colorado at Boulder
Shuler Ashley Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Sit Stefany Miami University of Ohio
Snelson Catherine NMT
So Emily USGS
Song Xiaodong University of Illinois
Speece Marvin Montana Tech
Spriggs Neil Nanometrics Inc
Stephen Ralph WHOI
Storm Tyler Albuquerque Seismological Lab
Stump Brian Southern Methodist University
Sumy Danielle Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
SUN DAOYUAN Carnegie Institution of Washington
Sweet Justin University of Washington
Taber John IRIS
Takeuchi Nozomu Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo
Templeton Mary IRIS DMC
Thorne Michael University of Utah
Torbeck Douglas University of Illinois
Trabant Chad IRIS DMS
Vernon Frank UCSD
Vidale John University of Washington
Waite Gregory Michigan Tech
Walter William LLNL
Wang Kai Virginia Tech
Wang Yun Brown University
Warren Linda National Science Foundation
Wech Aaron University of Washington
Weertman Bruce IRIS-DMC
Wei Shengji Caltech
Weiss Chester Virginia Tech
West John Arizona State University
West Michael Geophys. Institute / UAF
Willemann Raymond IRIS Consortium
Wirth Erin Yale University
Woodward Bob IRIS
Woolley Rob IRIS
Wu Chunquan Georgia Institute of Technology
Wysession Michael Washington University
Yang Hongfeng Saint Louis University
Yang Zhaohui University of Colorado at Boulder
Yihun Manahloh University of Rochester
Yuan Huaiyu Berkeley Seismological Lab
Zelt Colin Rice University
Zhan Zhongwen California Institute of Technology
Zhang Zhu Univ. of Wyoming
Zhou Yuming Saint Louis University
Zhu Lupei Saint Louis University

The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at Mon, April 19, 2010 - 12:00:00 AM.

Important Dates
  • Registration:
    Mar 30th – May 14th
  • Workshop dates:
    Jun 9th – 11th
  • Hotel RSVN Deadline:
    Fri, May 14th, 11:59pm
  • Scholarship Application:
    Apr 9th – 19th
  • Abstract Submissions:
    Mar 30th – Apr 26th
  • Workshop Location