IRIS Workshop 2018: Foundations, Frontiers, and Future Facilities for Seismology
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Since its inception in 1984, IRIS has built excellent foundational facilities for seismologists to study the Earth’s interior, earthquakes and other natural hazards. This workshop will highlight exciting scientific advances using current facilities, and explore future frontier facilities, activities and techniques. In part, the future of IRIS includes the expansion of the facilities to support interdisciplinary research activities among the solid Earth, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere and other surface processes, and to create a more diverse geoscience community.

Science Planning Committee:

  • Zhigang Peng, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Susan Bilek, New Mexico Tech
  • Heather Ford, University of California, Riverside

IRIS Planning Contacts:

  • Danielle Sumy, IS and EPO Project Associate
  • Justin Sweet, Portable Project Associate
  • Wendy Bohon, Informal Education Coordinator

Have questions? Please contact Justin Sweet (, Danielle Sumy ( or Wendy Bohon ( for more information.

Plenary Sessions

Science Built on a Strong Foundation

Organizers: Lara Wagner (Carnegie), Jeffrey Park (Yale), Brian Stump (SMU), John Louie (UNR)

IRIS provides facilities critical for the advance of seismology and Earth science. As an introduction and review of IRIS for attendees, new and old, we highlight the current science made possible by these facilities, with an eye towards what can be possible with improvements in the foundational facilities.

  • GSN
  • Data Services
  • Education and Outreach Capabilities

Advancing Earth System Science with Geophysical Observations

Organizers: Greg Waite (Michigan Tech), Ved Lekic (Maryland)

Seismic, geodetic, MT and other geophysical observations provide power tools for studying diverse Earth system processes with a remarkable range of spatial and temporal scales.

  • Global Earth Structure and Dynamics
  • Structure of Deep Mantle and Core
  • Lithospheric Structure and Plate Boundary Dynamics
  • Fault Zones and the Earthquake Cycle
  • Magmas and Volatiles in the Crust and Mantle

Mining Existing Seismic Data with New Techniques

Organizers: Brandon Schmandt (UNM), Gregory Beroza (Stanford)

Applying new seismic detection techniques to massive seismic datasets at IRIS DMC and other federated data centers can identify many unrecognized seismic events, which help to improve our understanding of earthquake physics and interaction.

  • New array-processing imaging techniques 
  • Massive-scale seismic event detection 
  • Back-projection of recent large earthquakes with USArray and GSN
  • Machine-learning and other techniques for new event detection/classification

Identifying and Mitigating Hazards in the 21st Century

Organizers: Aaron Wech (USGS), Richard Allen (Berkeley)

From volcanic eruptions to earthquakes, seismic and geodetic observations are needed in order to help identify regions of increased risk, better understand the underlying processes and mitigate the effects of both natural, and in some cases, manmade disasters.

  • Natural Hazards/Disasters
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis
  • Induced Seismicity
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Space Weather
  • Manmade Hazards
  • Nuclear Hazards

Supporting Science and Discovery beneath the Oceans

Organizers: Anne Sheehan (CU) and Nathaniel Miller (USGS)

Less than one-third of our planet is easily accessible for direct seismic and geodetic sampling. To improve our understanding of the structure and processes of the entire globe, increased sampling of the ocean bottom is needed. This requires new, next generation seismic and geodetic technology, as well as fully utilizing our present day infrastructure and technology.

  • Seafloor Experiments – current capabilities and successes – seismic and geodetic
  • Seafloor Experiments – present day challenges and limitations
  • Next generation technology- truly transformative, or, what can be realistically achieved
  • Subduction Zone Observatory (SZ4D)

Geophysical Approaches to Understanding the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere

Organizers: Sarah Kruse (USF), Paul Winberry (CWU)

Seismology is increasing being used to study a range of active surface processes, such as glacial motion and river dynamics, because of its non-invasive ability to remotely record signals associated with these shallow processes. We highlight here the range of non-traditional uses of seismic data.

  • Surface Hydrology
  • Critical Zone Processes
  • Glacier/Ice Dynamics

Geophysics at the Frontier: New capabilities and techniques

Organizers: Marianne Karplus (UTEP), Jeroen Tromp (Princeton) 

As the community expands into more areas of geophysics, and data volumes rapidly increase, we look forward to meeting the needs of the community in the next 10 years. We highlight new types of instrumentation and computing opportunities that will be available in upcoming years, as well as look forward into building a more diverse workforce around these initiatives. 

  • Magnetotellurics
  • Next-gen instrumentation 
  • Atmosphere/Infrasound
  • Uses of big data & HPC
  • Education, Workforce, and Outreach Diversity Initiative

 The IRIS Workshop will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 12-14, 2018!


Undergraduate and Graduate Students & Postdocs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Please see the Scholarship tab to apply.

If selected, you will receive three (3) nights double-occupancy lodging, and up to $500 for travel. You are required to pay the $133 registration fee. You will need to submit all travel receipts for reimbursement, excluding the hotel which will be booked for you. If you apply for the scholarship, please wait until decisions are made, as IRIS will then book your hotel room.


The IRIS Workshop will be held in Albuquerque, NM. The nearest airport is Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). The airport is located 5 miles (15 minutes) from the hotel.


Workshop attendess can access a flight discount through Delta Airlines. To use this discount (which may not be applicable to all flight classes):

  • Go to:
  • Select "Book Your Flight"
  • Enter in the meeting code: NMRWT in the "Meeting Event Code" box
  • Proceed with flight booking


Note: If you are awaiting scholarship status, please do not book your hotel room. If selected for a scholarship, a double occupancy hotel room will be booked on your behalf.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque 
201 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 247-3344

Reservation Website

The reduced group room rate is $91/night USD (single occupancy), $101/night USD (double occupancy), $121/night (triple occupancy), and $141/night USD (quad occupancy).  In addition an 13.3125% sales tax will be billed to each room night charge. The cut-off date to make room reservations is May 18, 2018. It is crucial that you make your reservations before the cut-off date as the group rate will not be offered after that time. Please visit this website to make your reservations. If you prefer to call-in and make your reservation, you can call 800-584-5058 and mention the Group Name: 2018 IRIS Workshop and the Group Code: IRI.


  • Reservations for SuperShuttle service can be made online. They charge $16/one way.
  • Uber ranges between $12-$20/one way.
  • Taxis are also readily available at the airport to the DoubleTree for around $19/one way (not including gratuity).

If you're driving to the hotel from ABQ: I-25 North to Martin Luther King exit; turn left on MLK, go approximately 1 mile; hotel is on the right, between 2nd and 3rd streets.


Overnight Hotel Guests: Self Parking is located in front of the hotel. Self-Parking is at a discounted rate of $12/day. There are a limited number of discounted parking passes so this will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overnight guests will need to check into the hotel first to receive a key to access the hotel's parking lot.

Day Guests (attending meetings or events): There is parking available at the hotel on a first-come, first-serve basis. The daily flat-rate fee is $12 and does not accommodate in and out privileges.

June 11, 2018 (Day 0): Field Trip, Registration, and other Short Courses

Time Title

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Field Trip - Tent Rocks National Monument

For more information or to sign up, please click the Field Trip tab above.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Short Course: Science Communication - Networking Skills for Early Career Scientists

For more information click the link above. To register, email Wendy Bohon (

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Short Course: Seismic Source Facility (SSF): Engineering, Permitting and Management

For more information or to register, please email Galen Kaip (

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM


June 12, 2018: Workshop Day 1

Time Title

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


8:00 AM – 8:05 AM


8:05 AM – 8:20 AM

INVITED SPEAKER: Maggie Benoit, National Science Foundation

8:20 AM – 8:30 AM

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Bob Detrick, President of IRIS 

8:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Plenary Session: Science Built on a Strong Foundation

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Anne Sheehan, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jeff Freymueller, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Ved Lekic, University of Maryland

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Plenary Session: Advancing Earth System Science with Geophysical Observations

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Yihe Huang, University of Michigan
  • Chris Johnson, University of California - San Diego
  • Emily Hopper, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary Session: Mining Existing Seismic Data with New Techniques

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Karianne Bergen, Stanford University
  • Wenyuan Fan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Robin Matoza, University of California Santa Barbara

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Poster Session

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIG)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Short Course: New User Capabilities at the IRIS DMC

  • Research Ready Data Sets: Making requests for data matching quality constraints
  • Data Center Federation: Seamless Access to FDSN data centers: tapping into global data resources
  • Robust Retrieval of Data from the IRIS DMC
  • Questions and Answer period

For more information or to register for this event, please visit this link:

June 13, 2018; Workshop Day 2

Time Title

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Challenges and Opportunities for IRIS - Bob Detrick

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Plenary Session: Identifying and Mitigating Hazards in the 21st Century

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Nicholas van der Elst, USGS
  • Diego Melgar, University of Oregon
  • Seth Moran, USGS

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Plenary Session: Supporting Science and Discovery beneath the Oceans

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • David Schmidt, Univ. of Washington

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary Session: Geophysical Approaches to Understanding the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Kate Allstadt, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Brandon Schmandt, University of New Mexico
  • Meredith Nettles, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia Univ.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIG)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Poster Session

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIG)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


June 14, 2018; Workshop Day 3

Time Title

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Plenary Session: Geophysics at the Frontier: New capabilities and techniques

Confirmed Plenary Speaker(s):

  • Ebru Bozdag, Colorado School of Mines
  • Eric Kiser, University of Arizona
  • Eileen Martin, Stanford University

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Special Interest Group Summaries

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop Summary

12:00 - ADJOURN

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Facility Tour: Introduction and tour of the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech

For more information or to sign up, please contact Justin Sweet (

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  • Attendee: $265
  • Student: $133
  • Guest (age 10+): $50
  • Late Registration (after May 18th): $300


  • 100% refund until the May 18th registration deadline
  • 50% refund until June 1st
  • No refunds issued after June 1st




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We will organize an optional field trip to the nearby (~1 hour drive from Albuquerque) Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in the Jemez Volcanic field to look at pyroclastic volcanic deposits, hike through a slot canyon, and get an overview of the Rio Grande Rift. This trip will involve some light hiking. The field trip will be led and narrated by New Mexico State Geologist Dr. Nelia Dunbar.

More info on Tent Rocks NM here

  • When: Monday, June 11, 2018 (the day prior to the start of the IRIS Workshop)
  • Departure: 8:00 am in front of the ABQ convention center west entrance
  • Return: ~12:00pm to the ABQ convention center

The elevation at Kasha Katuwe ranges from 5,500 to 6,700 feet and we will hike to 6,700. It is a nice hike (3mi roundtrip) with a great view from the top. We will be in a national monument, so no hammering on rocks or collecting of materials. It will likely be quite warm (90+) by the time we leave the monument in the late morning. Make sure to bring sun protection (sunscreen, hats, etc.) and plenty of water.

Cost per person is $20 and covers:

  • Admission to the monument
  • Transportation to and from the monument
  • Light snacks on the bus
  • Extra water

**Please note that field trip fees are NON-REFUNDABLE**

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Food: Fruit will be available for participants on the bus
  • Water: 2 liters of water. Bring your water bottles and fill them before departure or buy water before.
  • Hiking boots and socks. Light hiking boots preferably with ankle protection
  • Backpack to carry your belongings
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun-hat

Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Mon, February 26, 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    Fri, May 18, 2018
  • Scholarship Application open:
    Mon, February 26, 2018
  • Scholarship Application deadline:
    Fri, April 20, 2018
  • Abstract Submissions open:
    Mon, February 26, 2018
  • Abstract Submissions deadline:
    Mon, May 21, 2018

Workshop Location
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque