2022 SAGE/GAGE Community Science Workshop
Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

We look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to Pittsburgh, June 14-16th, for a long-awaited face-to-face workshop highlighting the exciting science supported by the National Science Foundation's GAGE and SAGE facilities. The theme for this year's workshop is New Horizons: Advancing Seismology and Geodesy for both Science and Society. This workshop will focus on cutting edge geophysical results of processes in the solid earth, cryosphere, oceans and atmosphere and will highlight synergies between the SAGE and GAGE communities.

Science Planning Committee

  • Eric Hetland, University of Michigan
  • Hilary Martens, University of Montana
  • Abhijit Ghosh, University of California - Riverside
  • Vedran Lekic, University of Maryland

IRIS/UNAVCO Planning Contacts

  • Justin Sweet, IRIS
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Have questions? Contact us at workshop@iris.edu

Code of Conduct: Please take a moment to review our Code of Conduct.

Plenary Sessions

New Horizons in Observation: Innovative Data Collection and Analysis

This session highlights observations of earth processes and structures using novel instrumentation or platforms (including DAS, UAVs) as well as cutting-edge analytical and computational techniques critical to efficiently mine large new or existing datasets using advanced tools including machine learning. This session emphasizes research providing new and meaningful insights into the physics of earthquakes, the structure of the Earth, the dynamics of surface processes, and interactions between slow and fast earthquakes.  Beyond new data collection methods, we also examine the discovery and usage of new signals in the “noise” of existing datasets (e.g. GNSS reflectometry, or ambient noise analyses).

New Horizons in Scope: Geophysics in Extreme and Unconventional Environments

This session features geophysics in extreme and/or unconventional environments.  Examples include geophysics work in the oceans or polar regions, on glaciers or volcanoes, or even on other planets.  In light of their unique challenges, new technologies are often required to enable data collection and science return from these environments.  The scientific results from these locations are of particular interest because they can provide rare insights that further our understanding of the many dynamic processes at work on our planet as well as others in the solar system.

New Horizons in Impact: Geophysics for Environment, Climate, and Hazards, and Expanding the Reach of Geophysics

Advances and growth in the geophysical sciences mean that we are expanding our impact on society, particularly as exploitation of natural resources increases. From earthquake early warning to environmental geophysics to shaping public policy, geophysics is touching more lives than ever before. This session explores the ways that seismology and geodesy contribute to our understanding of Earth’s environment, climate, and hazards, as well as the innovative ways that we engage with the public through educational, citizen-science, and communication initiatives.

New Horizons in Modeling: Geophysics Across Space and Time Scales

Understanding the dynamics of the Earth’s surface and interior requires modeling processes occurring over timescales spanning milliseconds to millions of years and spatial scales from that of a single asperity to the entire planet. Seismological and geodetic datasets constraining these processes also span many orders of magnitude in spatial and temporal scale. This session highlights progress in modeling datasets and dynamical processes across scales and across the whole range of geophysical scientific questions, from earthquake nucleation, fault behavior, and tectonic motions, to seismic waveform modeling and imaging from crust to core, to modeling whole-Earth deformation across broad timescales.

New Horizons in Approach: The Intersection of Disciplines

In this session we seek to highlight examples of multidisciplinary research that provide further clarity on fundamental questions in geophysics.  Examples include earthquake analyses using joint seismic and geodetic modeling; subsurface magmatic movements detected geodetically, seismically, and through use of magnetotelluric methods; and/or investigations of the continuum of slip seen at subduction zones from co-seismic to periodic to aseismic.


Scholarship application period ended March 22, 2022.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs from U.S. domestic colleges and universities are all eligible to apply for travel support scholarships. Applications will be accepted from March 1st-22nd, and we anticipate awarding scholarships by early April.

If selected, you will receive three (3) nights single-occupancy lodging at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square for the nights of June 13-15, and up to $500 for eligible travel-related expenses (e.g. airfare, taxi, meals). You will still be required to pay the workshop registration fee. If you are awarded a scholarship, IRIS will book your hotel room on your behalf.


Note: If you are a student scholarship recipient please do not book your hotel room. A single-occupancy hotel room will be booked on your behalf by IRIS.

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-2000
Hotel Website
SAGE/GAGE Booking Link  <---- Click here to reserve your room at the group rate!
As of May 17, 2022 our room block is nearly full again.  If you encounter difficulties when making your reservation, please reach out to us at workshop@iris.edu


The 2022 SAGE/GAGE Workshop will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The nearest airport is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The airport is located 18 miles (35 minutes) from the hotel.


  • The Port Authority of Allegheny County is pleased to offer service to Pittsburgh International Airport via the West Busway (28X Airport Flyer). The route runs to and from PIT, Downtown Pittsburgh, Robinson Towne Center, and Oakland on a regular schedule.
  • Lyft/Uber range between approximately $40-$50/one way.
  • Taxis are also readily available at the airport to the Sheraton for around $50/one way (not including gratuity).

If you're driving to the hotel from PIT: Take 376 East to Exit 69C. Turn right and continue for approximately one mile. Turn right and follow sign for Route 51 North - McKees Rocks/West End. Be in the right lane at the light. At next T-intersection, turn right toward Carson Street. The hotel is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.


On-site parking is available at the hotel for a fee of $30/day.


Workshop At-a-Glance:
Day 0 - Monday, June 13th - Pre-meeting short courses and field trip
Day 1 - Tuesday, June 14th - First full day of the workshop (plenaries, SIGs, posters)
Day 2 - Wednesday, June 15th - Second full day of the workshop
Day 3 - Thursday, June 16th - Final half-day of the workshop, concludes at noon

Day 0 - Monday, June 13, 2022

Monday, June 13th, 2022, 8am–8pm at Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

8:30 am
5:00 pm

FIELD TRIP:  History and Geology of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Description: Join us for a day exploring the history and geology of southwestern Pennsylvania!  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the geology of Chestnut Ridge, visit a historic iron furnace and quarry, see a natural gas storage well, learn about a French and Indian War battlefield, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater.  All this and more awaits during a field trip that will run from 9a to 5p on Monday, June 13th.  This trip will be led by University of Pittsburgh Professor Tom Anderson, who is also a member of the local Pittsburgh Geological Society.

Cost: $50 per person, includes transportation to/from the workshop hotel
We reserve the right to cancel the field trip if fewer than 7 participants sign up.

The field trip is now fully booked.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email workshop@iris.edu.

***IMPORTANT*** If you plan to attend the field trip you will likely need to travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 12th.

8:00 am
12:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: GNSS Interferometric Reflectometry & Earth Science Applications

8:00 am
12:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: Creating StationXML: Introducing YASMINE and the New Nominal Response Library Web Service

1:00 pm
5:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: GAMIT/GLOBK Refresher and Recent Developments

1:00 pm
5:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: Using MsPASS for Processing Large Data Sets

1:00 pm
5:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: Bring Your Own Identity to Access Geophysical Data

1:00 pm
5:00 pm

SHORT COURSE: Magnetotellurics at PASSCAL, from deployment to data collection

6:30 pm
8:00 pm

Welcome Event: Student and Early Career Mixer

6:30-6:45pm - First-time Attendee Welcome
This session is for any attendees, but particularly first-time attendees, who would like to learn a bit more about the organizations involved and what to expect during the meeting.

6:45-7:45pm - Student Networking Event
Is this your 1st (or 2nd) GAGE/SAGE workshop? Are you trying to get to know people in the geophysics community? Join us for this networking event specifically for students! This low pressure event will allow you some time to get to know your fellow attendees and develop some skills for talking about yourself and your work during the meeting.

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, 8am–7pm at Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

7:30 am

Beverage Service - Coffee & Tea

8:00 am
8:30 am


  • Bob Woodward, IRIS President
  • Rick Aster, IRIS Board Chair
  • Ronni Grapenthin, UNAVCO Board Chair
  • Maggie Benoit, NSF EAR Program Director
  • Mike Jackson, NSF OPP Program Director

[This session will be available via a live stream]

8:30 am
10:15 am

PLENARY SESSION: New Horizons in Scope: Geophysics in Extreme and Unconventional Environments

Plenary Session Organizers: Nick Schmerr (University of Maryland) and Surendra Adhikari (NASA-JPL)

Plenary Session Speakers:

  • 8:35-9:00 AM: Ceri Nunn, NASA-JPL
    • Lunar Seismology - Past, Present, and Future (abstract)
  • 9:00-9:25 AM: Diana Roman, Carnegie Institution for Science
    • Geophysical Insights into Magmatic Processes: Recent Advances from Alaska and Latin America (abstract)
  • 9:25-9:50 AM: Kiya Riverman, University of Portland
    • Active-source seismology for imaging ice shelves and their cavities: revealing the goblins (abstract)
  • 9:50-10:15 AM: Kristin Poinar, University at Buffalo (abstract)
    • Insights into the processes behind current and future sea-level rise: Geophysics on the Greenland Ice Sheet

[This session will be available via a live stream]

10:15 am
10:45 am


10:45 am
12:15 pm


  • Implementation of Cost Recovery for PASSCAL Instrumentation
  • Designing the Future of the GSN
  • Recharging the Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC): current progress and new opportunities
  • Teaching geophysics in-person and online: Sharing existing resources and soliciting instructional support needs

10:45 am
1:45 pm


Organizer: Eric Lindsey, University of New Mexico & WInSAR Executive Committee Chair

This townhall coincides with the Tuesday morning SIG sessions and will continue through the lunch hour as well.  Because a separate lunch will be offered for participants of the WInSAR townhall gathering, we kindly request that you register in advance if you plan to attend by sending a message to workshop@iris.edu.

12:15 pm
2:00 pm


2:00 pm
3:45 pm

PLENARY SESSION: New Horizons in Impact: Geophysics for Environment, Climate, and Hazards, and Expanding the Reach of Geophysics

Plenary Session Organizers: Brent Minchew (MIT) and Zhigang Peng (Georgia Tech)

Plenary Session Speakers:

  • 2:05-2:30 PM: Michaela King, University of Washington
    • What’s in a Gigaton? Using detailed mapping of Greenland’s ice to better resolve and communicate ice sheet dynamics (abstract)
  • 2:30-2:55 PM: Shujuan Mao, Stanford University
    • Space-Time Monitoring of Groundwater Fluctuations via Seismic Interferometry (abstract)
  • 2:55-3:20 PM: Julien Chaput, University of Texas at El Paso
    • Ice Ghosts: At the intersection of art, snow seismology, and public imagination (abstract)
  • 3:20-3:45 PM: Aditya Kar, Fort Valley State University
    • Impacts of a successful decadal partnership of IRIS and Fort Valley State University on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences (abstract)

[This session will be available via a live stream]

3:45 pm
4:15 pm


4:15 pm
5:45 pm


Poster size is 4' high x 8' wide

6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activity

Meritocracy Monopoly: Gaming your way to understanding privilege

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, 7am–8pm at Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

7:00 am
8:00 am

Student & Early Career Networking Breakfast

Are you a student or early career scientist? Come and join us for a delicious free breakfast! This is a great opportunity to get to know other early career researchers at the meeting, as well as chat with the leadership of the geophysical facilities and the NSF program managers. We will give a brief overview of the meeting, introduce you to key people within the facilities, and let you enjoy breakfast and casual conversation. (This would also be a great time to ask NSF any burning questions you may have!) See you there!

7:30 am

Beverage Service - Coffee & Tea

8:00 am
8:30 am

Updates on Current Community Initiatives

[This session will be available via a live stream]

8:30 am
10:15 am

PLENARY SESSION: New Horizons in Modeling: Geophysics Across Space and Time Scales

Plenary Session Organizers: Katie Cooper (Washington State) and Lucy Flesch (Perdue)

Plenary Session Speakers:

  • 8:35-9:00 AM: Alice Gabriel, UC San Diego
    • Supercomputing of large earthquakes (abstract)
  • 9:00-9:25 AM: Julie Elliot, Michigan State University
    • The 2020-2021 Alaska Earthquake Sequence: Coupling Segmentation, Stress Loading, and Slip Behavior (abstract)
  • 9:25-9:50 AM: Alireza Bahadori, LDEO/Columbia University
    • Investigating the lithosphere deformation and landscape evolution of the southwestern North America since the Late Eocene using numerical models (abstract)
  • 9:50-10:15 AM: Julianne Dannberg, University of Florida
    • Dynamics and composition of mantle plumes: Insights from connecting geodynamic models to seismic observations (abstract)

[This session will be available via a live stream]

10:15 am
10:45 am


10:45 am
12:15 pm


  • Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions: Progress in Developing the SZ4D Initiative
  • Common Cloud Platform: Progress Towards Cloud-based Data Services
  • Concepts for an NSF Instrument Facility (IF): Collaboration and Improvement of UAS Services for the NSF community
  • Mentorship Pathways in International Collaborations
  • Visioning a DAS facility to advance SAGE-GAGE Science

12:15 pm
2:00 pm

Group Photo & Lunch

2:00 pm
3:45 pm

PLENARY SESSION: New Horizons in Approach: The Intersection of Disciplines

Plenary Session Organizers: Susan Bilek (New Mexico Tech) and Andy Newman (Georgia Tech)

Plenary Session Speakers:

  • 2:05-2:30 PM: Esteban Bowles-Martinez, Oregon State
    • Magnetotellurics in Cascadia and beyond: resistivity studies of volcanoes, faults, and subduction tectonics (abstract)
  • 2:30-2:55 PM: Dara Goldberg, USGS
    • Generous to a fault: How including both seismic and geodetic datasets improves earthquake slip characterization (abstract)
  • 2:55-3:20 PM: Alicia Hotovec-Ellis, USGS
    • Using earthquake-derived seismic velocity changes to monitor strain at volcanoes (abstract)
  • 3:20-3:45 PM: Junle Jiang, University of Oklahoma
    • Geodetic pursuit of aseismic forces for micro-earthquake processes (abstract)

[This session will be available via a live stream]

3:45 pm
4:15 pm


4:15 pm
5:45 pm


5:45 pm
6:15 pm


6:15 pm
7:45 pm


Day 3 - Thursday, June 16, 2022

Thursday, June 16th, 2022, 7am–12pm at Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

7:00 am
8:00 am

GAGE/SAGE Governance Breakfast

7:30 am

Beverage Service - Coffee & Tea

8:00 am
8:30 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: Insights for Advisors and Students: Non-academic Career Paths for Geophysicists

[This session will be available via a live stream]

8:30 am
10:15 am

PLENARY SESSION: New Horizons in Observation: Innovative Data Collection and Analysis

Plenary Session Organizers: Karianne Bergen (Brown) and Herb Wang (Wisconsin)

Plenary Session Presenters:

  • 8:35-9:00 AM: Harrison Martin, Indiana University
    • Quantifying geomorphic change using drone-based lidar (abstract)
  • 9:00-9:25 AM: Xiaowei Chen, University of Oklahoma
    • Using joint DAS-Nodal array to better understand local seismicity and shallow structure in Northern Oklahoma (abstract)
  • 9:25-9:50 AM: Nate Lindsey, Fiber Sense
    • Fiber in the ocean – Update on the impact and diversification of
      subsea fiber sensing (abstract)
  • 9:50-10:15 AM: Sydney Dybing, University of Oregon
    • Detecting Earthquakes in Noisy Real-Time GNSS Data with Machine Learning for Earthquake and Tsunami Early Warning (abstract)

[This session will be available via a live stream]

10:15 am
10:45 am


10:45 am
11:45 am

SAGE/GAGE Governance Session

11:45 am
12:00 pm

Closing Remarks

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  • Attendee: $350
  • Students and Postdocs: $175
  • Virtual: $50
  • Guest (age 16+): $100

LATE REGISTRATION (May 18th - June 6th)

  • Attendee: $400
  • Students and Postdocs: $200
  • Virtual: $50


  • 100% refund until the May 18th registration deadline
  • 50% refund until June 6th
  • No refunds issued after June 6th (COVID exception)
  • We are unable to offer refunds for virtual registrations
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Please note that all persons attending the SAGE/GAGE Workshop in person will need to upload proof of vaccination via a secure third-party site before coming to Pittsburgh. There will be no on-site registration available for this year’s workshop.




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Workshop Specific Questions

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Group Dinner

Wed, June 15th (~6-8pm)
It is our pleasure to meet your dietary needs, and we are usually able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please note that dietary "preferences" are not the same as genuine restrictions, such as a medical food allergy or religious reasons. All meals served (with the exception of the dinner on Wednesday night) at the workshop will be in buffet-style, and we will make every effort to identify ingredients that may trigger adverse reactions for individuals with food allergies or intolerance. To ensure your health and safety, special meal requests will be tracked through your registration and relayed to the catering staff.
We aim to have a fully accessible workshop. Please share any accommodations that will better enable your full participation in the workshop (e.g. hearing or sight impairments, etc.).
Caregiver stipends are only available for domestic registrants.
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Short Courses

All short courses are scheduled for Monday, June 13th which is the day prior to the official workshop start. If you plan to attend these short courses you will likely need to travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 12th. You can sign up for short courses now by checking the appropriate box(es) below, or if you would like to sign up later, please do so by emailing workshop@iris.edu. All short courses are free to attend, but some require you to bring a laptop. For details about each course refer to the Day 0 schedule under the Agenda tab above.


COVID acknowledgment

I have read and understand the protocols that IRIS/UNAVCO has put in place to help protect all workshop staff and participants and reduce the spread of illness including COVID-19. I agree to follow all protocols and will NOT attend any workshop event if I test positive or develop symptoms during the workshop or within 5 days of the start of the workshop, or as otherwise recommended by the CDC which is subject to change at the agency’s discretion.

In person attendance at any of the workshop events is strictly voluntary and IRIS/UNAVCO is not responsible for any claims arising from contraction of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases.


Terms and Conditions

I agree to grant IRIS/UNAVCO permission to record film/video and/or take pictures of my participation in the SAGE/GAGE Workshop. I further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used as part of any future IRIS/UNAVCO publications, brochures, other printed materials, or on IRIS's or UNAVCO's website(s). I also agree to grant IRIS/UNAVCO permission to publish my contact information (name and institution) on the workshop website, as an active participant in the workshop, so that other participants may contact me.

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Unless your abstract is for an invited oral presentation, all abstract submissions will be scheduled for poster presentations. A 4 foot by 8 foot poster board will be reserved for you. In addition to bringing a physical poster, all presenters will be asked to upload a digital copy of their poster to the virtual meeting site. The virtual meeting site will allow your poster to be viewed and shared with both in-person and virtual workshop participants.

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The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at Tue, March 22, 2022 - 11:59:00 PM.

In preparation for the 2022 SAGE/GAGE Workshop, we have implemented a number of steps to ensure the maximum level of safety and protection for in-person workshop participants.  This page is regularly updated so participants can easily stay informed on the evolving safety practices and policies we have in place.

Our COVID safety policy is built around a three-pronged strategy: Vax, Mask, and Test


  • Only individuals with CDC-designated up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations will be permitted to attend the workshop in person

  • All in-person participants must submit proof of their vaccination status via a secure third-party portal prior to the start of the workshop

  • Individuals who do not or cannot provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status are encouraged to participate in the workshop virtually via our virtual registration option


  • All in-person participants will be required to wear masks while indoors, unless they are giving a presentation, or actively eating or drinking


  • On-site rapid test kits will be available at no cost for any participants who feel unwell and/or have COVID-like symptoms
  • Attendees who test positive during or within 5 days prior to the workshop must refrain from all in-person workshop participation and follow CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation

Additional steps we are taking include

  • To the extent possible, participant seating will be arranged with an eye toward maintaining social distancing (e.g. in the plenary hall, or in breakout rooms)

External Resources for COVID Information

CDC's COVID-19 website
CDC guidance for travelers
City of Pittsburgh COVID-19 Information
Pittsburgh area COVID-19 testing locations

Important Dates
  • Registration:
    Apr 11th – Jun 6th
  • Workshop dates:
    Jun 14th – 16th
  • Hotel RSVN Deadline:
    Wed, May 18th, 5pm
  • Scholarship Application:
    Mar 1st – 22nd
  • Abstract Submissions:
    Apr 11th – May 18th
  • Workshop Location