EarthCube Advancing the Analysis of HRT Workshop #1

 

EarthCube Research Coordination Network Workshop - Advancing the Analysis of High Resolution Topography (A2 HRT)

August 21-24, 2018
Omni Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, CO

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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
- Paola Passalacqua (UT Austin - Project PI)
- Nancy Glenn (Boise State - Project PI)
- Christopher Crosby (UNAVCO - Project PI)
- Craig Glennie (University of Houston)
- Dimitri Lague (Universite de Rennes, France)
- Josh Roering (University of Oregon)
- Jason Stoker (USGS)
- Joe Wheaton (Utah State University)

OVERVIEW
Technologies such as lidar, multibeam sonar, structure from motion photogrammetry, and synthetic aperture radar have transformed the acquisition of high resolution terrain, bathymetry, and vegetation structure data. Petabytes of data have been collected, but their full scientific utilization is still limited. This A2 HRT Workshop is organized through an NSF-funded EarthCube Research Coordination Network (RCN) to bring together the Earth science community to discuss technical challenges and cyberinfrastructure requirements to answer scientific questions, coordinate research activities, and share best practices and resources. The first part of the workshop will be comprised of talks, pop-ups, and discussion sessions. Tutorials on advanced methods for HRT analysis will be offered in the second part of the workshop. Participants are expected to attend the workshop for the full duration. Funding is available for partial support of participants. Space is limited.

    Topics of talks, participant pop-ups, and brainstorming sessions:
    (1) New Technologies for Data Acquisition and Tools
    (2) Integration across Disciplines
    (3) Using high resolution data in numerical models

    Tutorial:
    (1) Principles of topographic change detection (all participants)
    (2) Hands-on introduction to two techniques/tools for implementing advanced change detection

    Additional activities of the workshop:
    (1) Preparation of whitepapers on workshop themes
    (2) Identification of future needs for software, cyberinfrastructure, and other resources to support the HRT community
    (3) Networking to enhance community development of high resolution topography

TRAVEL and LOGISTICS
The workshop will run from 3:30 PM on Tuesday, August 21 to noon on Friday, 24, 2018. Participants are expected to attend the workshop for the full duration. Funding is available for partial support of participants. Space is limited. Workshop will be held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO. Workshop travel and logistics will be coordinated by UNAVCO.

Participation by graduate students and early career scientists is encouraged. Prior experience with high resolution topography data and analysis is expected.

Application deadline is June 1st. Accepted applicants will be notified by late-June.

Questions?: crosby@unavco.org

SPONSORS
NSF EarthCube RCN: Connecting the Earth Science and Cyberinfrastructure communities to advance the analysis of high resolution topography data (NSF-EAR #1642611)
NSF NEON (NSF-EF #1550916)
UNAVCO GAGE Facility (NSF EAR #1261833)
OpenTopography (NSF-EAR #1557484)


DRAFT AGENDA

Day 1: Tuesday August 21

    3:30 PM – workshop starts – Intro to the EarthCube RCN goals
    4:00 – Ice-breaker/participant introductions
    4:30 - Introductory talks:
      (I) New technologies for data acquisition and need for tools – Craig Glennie
      (II) Integration across disciplines- Joe Wheaton
      (III) Using high resolution data in numerical models – Irina Overeem

    5:30 – Lightening poster introductions from first 1/2 of participants
    6:00 - Poster viewing and evening reception

Day 2 – Wednesday August 22

    8 AM – breakfast
    8:30 – Intro talks on "New Technologies for Data Acquisition and Tools"
      Jason Stoker: "Evaluating Single Photon and Geiger-Model Lidar"
      Mike Olsen: "Resources available for Researchers through the NSF Natural Hazards Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Rapid Facility"

    9:15 – brainstorming on topic in small groups
    10:00 – coffee break
    10:30 - reporting from each group and discussion
    12:00 – lunch
    1:30 - Intro talks on "Integration across Disciplines"

      Josh Roering: "Change detection in the forest: Post-fire sediment transport in steeplands"
      Vicki Ferrini: Making elevation data accessible to non-specialist users"

    2:15 - brainstorming on topic in small groups
    3:00 - coffee break
    3:30 - reporting from each group and discussion
    5:00 - break
    5:30 - Lightening poster introductions from second 1/2 of participants
    6:00 - Poster viewing and evening reception

Day 3 – August 23

    8 AM – breakfast
    8:30 – Intro talks on "Using high resolution data in numerical models"
      Fiona Clubb: "New techniques for clustering of river profiles: examples from both real and synthetic landscapes"
      Kimberly Van Meter: "Using Lidar Data as a foundation for upscaling biogeochemical models of wetland functionality"

    9:15 – brainstorming on topic in small groups
    10:00 – coffee break
    10:30 - reporting from each group and discussion
    12:00 – lunch
    1:30-2:45 – introductory lecture on topographic change detection (all participants)
    3:00 – 6:00 tutorial 1 and tutorial 2 – parallel sessions

Day 4 – August 24

    8 AM – breakfast
    8:30-11:30 – tutorial 1 and tutorial 2 – parallel sessions
    11:30-12:30 - Lunch and departure