Cutting Edge Science Presented at IRIS Workshop

The 19th IRIS Workshop was held June 4-6, 2008, at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. More than 275 people from the US and numerous countries around the world attended the 3-day meeting to learn about innovative research being conducted in seismology and to exchange ideas with colleagues.

During the workshop, more than 150 papers were presented in five plenary sessions and three poster sessions. Topics included the integration of active and passive seismology and the integration of seismology and mineral physics; transformative science, technology and culture enabled by EarthScope's Transportable Array; seismology, geodesy, and ice dynamics in polar regions; episodic tremor and slip; synergy in seismic event monitoring and research; and teaching seismology. The program also included more than 12 Special Interest Group meetings. Each of these one-hour sessions focused on a specific topic, such as "Mobile Real-Time Networks for Aftershock Warning and Study, "Data Quality Assessment for the Transportable Array," and "Best Practices for Teaching Seismology to Undergraduates," and typically included a brief introduction followed by discussion. A complete list of the Special Interest Group meetings can be found on the Workshop Agenda.

About 100 attendees participated in a half-day field trip along the Columbia River Gorge to learn about the geology and past geological processes that created the beautiful landscape. Along the way, stops were made to observe sites which were shaped by landslides, floods, and earthquakes. One of the field trip highlights was a visit to a local winery to learn about terroir - the relationship between soils, geology, climate and wine - and of course, to sample some of the wines.

Throughout the meeting, participants had the opportunity to visit the KeckCAVES, a state-of-the-art immersive visualization facility that was set-up at the workshop venue. This high-end display demonstrated interactive exploration and analysis of complex 3-dimensional geoscientific data. Various applications of the KeckCAVES was also the topic of an after-dinner presentation.

More information about the IRIS Workshop, presentations and abstracts is available on the 2008 IRIS Workshop web page.