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They are separate events that are not part of the scientific program.

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During the IUGG General Assembly 2019, there will be an opportunity for members of the scientific community to hold workshops, short courses and Town Hall meetings. We welcome your proposals for such meetings and encourage early submission to avoid scheduling conflict.  Please download the fillable PDF form* on to your computer and send it to


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Workshop schedule will be confirmed in March 2019 and listed on the website.  Please visit our website for updates and instructions on how to book your workshop.

IUGG Workshop

  • Next-Generation GOES-R Weather Satellites

    Monday, July 8th, 2019

    Registration will open in February.

    Organizer: TBC




    The next-generation GOES-R weather satellites ( are here! GOES-16 is now operational in the East, and GOES-17 has launched and will be in operation to cover the West. Experts from the NOAA GOES-R program and ECCC will communicate the new capabilities of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments and derived products which are used detect potential threats, and enhance forecasts and warnings to save lives and protect property.


    • The workshop will consist of a balanced mix of presentations and hands on exercises demonstrating the applications and case studies of the new GOES-R and GOES-S products.
    • Many areas will be covered, Severe Weather, Broadcast Meteorology, Aviation, Agro Meteorology, Wildfires, Air pollution, Oceanography, and other topics.
    • Participants are expected to bring their laptops or tablets for the hands-on exercises.
    • Registration fee is $50 per person. You don’t have to be signed up for the Congress to take this workshop, it’s open to all!
    • We have limited space; it will be first come first serve. Once registration is opened, it will fill up fast!


  • GOES-R Workshop

    Organizer: Hong Lin (Environment and Climate Change Canada)



    GOES-R is the program name for the series of next generation geostationary weather satellites developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R) was launched in November 2016 and assumed the operational GOES-East position in January 2018.  GOES-17 (formerly GOES-S) was launch in March 2018, it is scheduled to become operational as GOES-West in December 2018.

    GOES-R Series imager scans the earth 5 times faster with 4 times the resolution and 3 times the number of channels than previous GOES. GOES-R Series offers more accurate and reliable information on weather patterns and severe weather warnings.

    This workshop will bring in GOES-R experts from NOAA and ECCC (Environment and Climate change Canada) to share their knowledge on GOES-16 & 17 instruments (ABI & GLM) and products, data access, processing and applications on forecast and research.  It will be a full day workshop; the course will consist of a balanced mix of presentations and hands on excises demonstrating the application of the new GOES-16 & 17 products.


  • CGU Don Gray Award in Hydrology – Presentations by the 2019 Finalists

    Organizer: Andrew Ireson (CGU-Hydrology Section VP)



    A 1½ hour session in which the finalists for the CGU Don Gray Award in Hydrology will present their research in front of a panel of judges. The presentations are open for all IUGG2019 delegates to attend.


  • Going from Science to Science Policy

    Organizer: Katie Gibbs (Executive Director at Evidence for Democracy)



    Science should provide the foundation for evidence-informed decision-making, both in characterizing problems and in informing the manner in which they are addressed. However, in practice, this process does not always work as well as it could. Many scientists feel far removed from the policy process and don’t know how to engage with policy-makers.  Using concrete examples, this session will give an overview of the policy process and provide strategies for how scientists can effectively convey policy relevant research to decision-makers and advocate for the use of evidence in the policy process. This workshop will leave participants with new tools and increased confidence taking their research out of the ivory tower and into the hands of decision-makers.

    An all-day workshop, open to all IUGG2019 delegates.


    Maximum number of attendees: 75.

  • Ocean modelling for HQP

    Organizer: Birgit Rogalla (UBC)



    This workshop is aimed at scientists at the graduate and postdoctoral levels (referred to as highly qualified personnel, HQPs) who develop and/or run numerical ocean models as their primary method of research.

    Numerical modelling is a key research tool used across the earth sciences in physical, chemical, and biological realms. However, many of the scientists at the graduate and postdoctoral levels come to the field with relatively little numerical modelling experience. This workshop will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience among the HQP community in addition to providing an opportunity for individuals to develop connections with others at similar career stages. Through discussions, participants are encouraged to identify areas for collaboration in their research. Attendees will be invited to present issues and/or solutions that have arisen in their work related to programming, algorithm implementation, model analysis, clarification of numerical concepts, or related questions. This workshop will also be used to develop an online framework to enable the broader HQP ocean modelling community to share model code, solicit information and help, distribute news, and troubleshoot problems.

    The organizers of this workshop are Birgit Rogalla and Andrew Shao; HQPs who work on the numerical development of tracer models and coupled climate models respectively.

    A 2-hour workshop, open to all IUGG2019 delegates.


    Maximum number of participants: 40.


  • CMOS Arctic Special Interest Group (Arctic SIG) Annual Meeting

    Organizer: David Fissel (CMOS Arctic Special Interest Group)



    The CMOS Arctic Special Interest Group will hold its seventh Annual Meeting. First established at the 2012 CMOS Congress, the Arctic SIG provides a focus on Arctic science issues within Canada.  Over the past six years, the Arctic SIG has continued to grow and expand and our activities now involve well over one hundred participants, consisting of CMOS members as well many others interested in Canadian Arctic and Northern Research. The Arctic SIG strives to develop awareness of the importance of meteorology, oceanography and related sciences to Arctic environmental changes and issues, Indigenous and Northern Communities and Northern development.  In the delivery of these objectives, the Arctic SIG engages and communicates with a wide constituency through all parts of Canada about meteorological, oceanographic and environmental issues and related scientific studies.  In addition, the Arctic SIG has developed a networking approach to bring together interested participants from the government, university and private sectors to further the study of Arctic meteorology, oceanography and related environmental disciplines, addressing issues such as climate change.

    The Executive Committee that oversees the activities of the Arctic SIG includes: David Fissel, ASL, Chair; Helen Joseph DFO-retired, Ann McMillan, Doug Bancroft, EO DVC Consulting; and Martin Taillefer, Maritime Way Scientific, Michael Crowe, ECCC-retired and Ryan Flagg, Ocean Networks Canada.

    All participants of the IUGG 2019 General Assembly, interested in Arctic and Northern Research, are invited to attend this meeting. This 1-hour meeting will present an overview of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada: and seek opportunities to develop global collaborations that will benefit present and future research activities.


  • Atmosphere-Related Research in Canadian Universities (ARRCU) Special Interest Group (SIG)

    Organizer: Adam Monahan (University of Victoria)



    The Atmosphere-Related Research in Canadian Universities (ARRCU) Special Interest Group of CMOS represents university faculty who undertake research in weather, climate, and air quality.  As such, ARRCU membership is distributed broadly across Canada. This Town Hall meeting, normally held annually in association with the CMOS congress, provides an opportunity for university-based, atmosphere-related researchers to discuss issues of common interest and concern, and to provide guidance to the ARRCU Advisory Board and Executive regarding areas of priority for the upcoming year.


    A 2-hour lunchtime workshop, open to all IUGG2019 delegates.

  • Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT)

    Organizer: Edgar Bering (IAGA, University of Houston)



    Geoscience Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshops allow science teachers to hear about the latest geoscience research from the scientists making the discoveries, explore new classroom resources for their students, and visit exhibits of the IUGG. IUGG has three key science priority areas for this workshop: 1) Beyond 100: The next century in Earth and Space Science, 2) Evolution of the Geomagnetic Field and Space Weather Hazards to Canada, and 3) The Natural Resources of Canada. This 3-day workshop will have 15 - 90-minute presentations by teams of IUGG scientists and K-12 educators. A "presentation" will be composed of a talk on an Earth or space science topic appropriate for K-12 educators coupled with one or more closely related hands-on classroom activities, with a full time for presentation of 1.5 hours. Registration fee for this workshop will be $50CAD for three days. Maximum number of participants: 150.


  • The Evolution of the Geohazard Supersites Network

    Organizer: Stefano Salvi (GEO-GSNL Initiative Chair, INGV-Rome, Italy)



    The Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories initiative (GSNL) is established under the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GSNL ( today coordinates a network of ten Supersites and one Natural Laboratory, spread over three continents.

    When GSNL was started in 2007, it was focused on improving geohazard-related scientific research through free and open access to satellite and in situ Earth observation (EO) data. Since 2015 the initiative has focused not only on the improvement of the scientific understanding of the Supersite’s geohazards, but also on promoting rapid and effective use of this information for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction.

    Moreover, the original idea that the only action needed to stimulate scientific advancements was open access to data has evolved towards considering a wider Open Science approach. This implies that not only data and observations must be openly shared, but also the scientific knowledge to analyze these data, and even the cultural and technological resources needed to generate such knowledge.

    The GSNL initiative has so far directly carried out, or participated in, several actions supporting Open Science implementation: securing free access to EO data (supported by the CEOS), establishing Open Data principles for the community, obtaining support from different data infrastructures (UNAVCO, EPOS), developing a Virtual Research Environment for sharing and reproducing research work (the EVER-EST VRE), providing access to data processing resources (the ESA-GEP platform), and providing training for data processing and analysis. This half-day meeting will be an occasion to discuss with our community the further evolution of the initiative.


  • Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting and Reservoir Optimization

    Organizer: Gokcen Uysal (Eksisehir Technical University)



    It is getting more important to manage water resources in an efficient manner while sustaining conflicting objectives i.e. hydropower, water supply or flood mitigation under the increase in water and energy demand. Companies, governmental agencies and consultant offices need effective, practical integrated tools and decision support frameworks to operate reservoirs, cascades of run-of-river plants and related elements such as canals by merging hydrological and reservoir simulation/optimization models with various numerical weather predictions, radar and satellite data. Hydro-meteorological forecasting systems rely on the continuous observation of different variables and on models, both atmospheric and hydrologic. The typical hydro-meteorological forecasting chain involves many uncertain components. The uncertainty in hydrological forecasts originates mainly from the atmospheric and hydrologic models structures, from the initial conditions of the atmosphere and of the watershed, as well as from hydro-meteorological observations and model parameters. Ensemble forecasting aims at assessing all those uncertainties and reducing them whenever possible.  This short course will describe the general context of ensemble streamflow forecasting. It will provide the participants with an overview of several techniques for designing ensemble streamflow forecasting system and to assess their skill and reliability. In addition, it gives an overview of decision-making problems related to water resources management and introduces concepts such as risk aversion, forecasts’ utility and reservoir operations optimization. Communication between forecasters and end-users is also addressed. The course includes lectures, but also real-case examples of hydrological forecasting systems and serious game exercises.


    No pre-registration is necessary. The course will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis.

    In cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (

    Duration: 2 hours



  • How to Write and Publish a Paper in Hydrology

    Organizer: Svenja Fischer (Ruhr University Bochum)




    Writing a scientific paper is an essential part of research, as a part of documenting outcomes of research projects or to make project results available for use in decision making. Writing and publishing scientific literature, however, is a skill that needs practice. Although many journals provide guides for authors, developing an easy-to-follow paper structure that clearly and concisely conveys the most important findings to the reader is often challenging for young researchers.

    This short course aims to provide guidance on key editorial considerations on paper structuration to facilitate the writing process and information delivery.

    Advice will be given on how to increase the chance of publishing while giving crucial tips on managing the review process by highly experienced researchers in hydrological sciences. The course is mainly geared for early career scientists and researchers interested in getting insights into the writing and publishing processes.


    No pre-registration is necessary. This course will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis.

    In cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (

    Duration: 2 hours


  • Using R in Hydrology

    Organizer: Michelle Newcomer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)



    This short course is geared for researchers who are interested in learning about applications of the programming language R in hydrological applications, as well as advanced R programmers wanting to hear about recent developments including new methods and packages. We will hear about relevant applications of R in hydrological research settings from a few guest lecturers. The topics will include hydrological models as well as statistical and numerical methods. The first part of the course will focus on a general overview of relevant R packages in hydrology, while in the second part several live demonstrations of recently developed packages will be introduced. Finally, this short course will conclude with a case study relevant to climate and hydrological forecasting techniques.

    Duration: 2½ hours.


  • Hydrological Research and Practice: Where is the Harmony?

    Organizer: Nilay Dogulu Dogulu (Middle East Technical University)



    The value of Hydrology is undoubtedly vital to the wellbeing of societies considering the complex social and physical environments that they live in. The large and diverse composition of hydrological challenges requires blending of theoretical contributions into the realms of applications on the ground for sustainable and efficient management of these challenges. Achieving the right balance of cooperation both within and between communities of science and practice can lead to impactful progress, particularly addressing the needs of societies faced with water-related hazards. While the reasons behind the relatively weak harmony of hydrological research and practice can be many-fold, the role of early career hydrologists in driving the change towards increased harmony is prominent. This workshop brings together scientists, practitioners and policymakers working in Hydrology to discuss (1) the scope and limits of harmonized efforts, (2) the existing strategies and mechanisms supportive of driving this change, (3) how early career hydrologists can contribute.


    No pre-registration is necessary. This course will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis.

    In cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (

    Duration: 2 hours


  • Science Communication

    Organizer: Joris Eekhout (Spanish National Research Council)



    It is becoming more and more important for researchers to communicate their science to the general public, for instance, to convince people about the importance of your research or to inform local stakeholders about research outcomes and implications. This is a step out of many researchers’ comfort zone. This short course aims to give some practical tips and tricks on how to communicate science to the general public, leveraging the strengths of several communication channels available nowadays, such as social media, science blogs and short videos. This course is intended for early career researchers, but please feel free to join along as the topic is of interest to many.


    No pre-registration is necessary. This course will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis.

    In cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (

    Duration: 1½ hours


  • NSERC Information Session

    Organizer: Tiffany Lancaster (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)



    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) staff, with members of the Geosciences Evaluation Group, will be holding an information session to provide an update on what is new at NSERC, the latest competition results from the 2019 Discovery Grants Program (with a focus on those from the Geosciences Evaluation Group), as well as an overview of the Discovery Grant process. The final portion will end with a discussion on “Writing a Successful Discovery Grant – tips from the Geoscience Evaluation Group”.

    This workshop will be held at lunch time, and will have the same format as the NSERC information sessions traditionally offered during the CGU and CMOS Annual Meetings.


    Duration: 1½-2 hours


  • EON-ROSE and CCArray Update

    Organizer: David Eaton (University of Calgary), Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University)



    The Canadian Cordillera Array (CCArray) is a proposed international scientific initiative, spearheaded by the creation of a tectonic plate-boundary scale, open-data observational network that will enable trans-disciplinary research focused on Earth systems processes and boundaries - from Earth’s core to the magnetosphere. The proposed CCArray network in western Canada will capitalize on anticipated domestic and international opportunities for instrumentation, operations and funding. CCArray represents the first stage (pilot) in a proposed broader national initiative, EON-ROSE (Earth-System Observing Network/Réseau d’Observation du Système terrestrE). A second pilot research program is contemplated that borders on Ontario and Quebec. This workshop is open to all interested participants and will present the scientific vision and objectives of CCArray and EON-ROSE, together with an update about the proposed infrastructure and planned research themes. These collaborative initiatives involve academia, resource industries and governments, local communities and organizations outside of Canada.


    Duration: 2 hours.


  • 8th Meeting of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – SAMOC VIII

    Organizer: Edmo Campos (American University of Shariah and University of Sao Paulo)



    The South Atlantic is not just a passive conduit for the deep-water masses formed in the North Atlantic and Southern Ocean, but instead actively participates in their transformation as they are exchanged with the other ocean basins. Recognition of this led to the formation of a group dedicated to both advancing our understanding of the role of the South Atlantic Ocean in the MOC system and the establishment of an observing system to capture key components of the circulation: this initiative is known as South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or SAMOC. The 8th meeting of SAMOC (SAMOC-VIII) is planned to bring together the international scientific community to share results on the MOC in the South Atlantic and to discuss the ongoing and planned activities associated with the integrated observational system.


    This full-day workshop will be open to all IUGG2019 delegates.

  • Hands-on Extreme Value Analysis and Multivariate Modeling Workshop

    Organizer: Amir AghaKouchak (UC Irvine)



    The overarching goal of this hands-on workshop is to introduce data analysis methods widely used in geoscience including hydrology, climate science, and meteorology. This workshop will primarily focus on extreme value analysis and multivariate modeling.  The intended outcomes include: (a) providing the theoretical foundation for rigorous data analysis and (b) exposing participants to experiential learning through a project-based learning process. The students will need to bring their own laptops and the instructors will share sample codes and data that will be used during this hands-on workshop.


    The topics that will be covered include:

    Introduction to extreme weather events; Extreme value distributions; Univariate extreme value analysis;  Multivariate analysis; Change detection methods; Stationary vs. nonstationary extreme value analysis; Temporal vs. process-based nonstationary analysis; Copulas and dependence concepts, Multivariate modeling, Introduction to ProNEVA (a tool for extreme value analysis),  Introduction to MvCAT (a tool for multivariate analysis), and Introduction to MhAST (a tool for multi-hazard analysis).


    Duration: ½ day

    Participants: 20-50

  • CMOS 2018 ECCC/MSC Open Data Forum and Hackathon

    Organizer: Sarah Halim (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Philippe Roy (Ouranos)



    This workshop is divided into three main sections:


    1. An Open Data Forum that will showcase our datasets, provide tutorials and use case studies. We would like external users to present, through a Webex series or during the forum itself, the applications they have developed based on our data.
    2. A Hackathon showcasing ECCC weather, climate and environmental data.
    3. A session on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, building on the previous (2016, 2017) workshops.


    Duration: 1½ days


  • Numerical modeling with OpenFOAM for volcanological applications

    Organizer: Mattia de’Michieli Vitturi (INGV, Italy)



    Numerical modeling is commonly used in volcanology for simulating a wide range of processes from magma ascent to the emplacement of lava flows. OpenFOAM is an open-source computational fluid dynamics toolbox that has recently begun to be applied to study problems in volcanology. The software has a modular structure, with built-in tools to create 2D and 3D meshes and solvers for multiphase fluids, particles, and thermodynamics. We propose a short course to learn, share and discuss numerical modeling of volcanic processes in OpenFOAM.

    The workshop will begin with an introduction to OpenFOAM and computational fluid dynamics modeling in volcanology. Speakers will give an overview of how to run OpenFOAM with instruction and tutorials in the morning, followed by presentations on applications of OpenFOAM to volcanology in the afternoon. Introduction to OpenFOAM topics will include mesh generation, initial and boundary conditions, running solvers, and visualizing and analyzing the results. We will employ tutorials to introduce how to set up and run models in OpenFOAM with volcanology applications. Participants will be able to take these materials with them to use or modify for their own research. These hands-on activities will be followed by presentations on how OpenFOAM is currently being used in volcanology and a discussion of future research directions and applications.


    This offering is not approved or endorsed by OpenCFD Limited, the producer of the OpenFOAM software and owner of the OPENFOAM® and OpenCFD® trademarks.


    Duration: 1 day

  • Women's Networking Event

    Organizer: Organizer: Neesha Schnepf (University of Colorado Boulder)



    The goal of this event is to foster relationships and solidarity among womxn members of IUGG. Many of the womxn who attend the IUGG conference are the only woman in their research group-- so conferences/workshops are critical times for them to connect with other womxn in their field. This networking event aims to strengthen the community of womxn scientists in IUGG and provide a safe place for womxn to network at the conference. (Womxn is a term that includes cis and trans women).

    Most of this event will be free-form with food/drinks to enable womxn to meet each other. However, near the start and end of the event there will be formal both icebreakers and a discussion of next steps to continue building solidarity of womxn geophysicists moving forward.


    Duration: 2 hours

  • A Special Session for Broadcast Meteorologists

    Organizer: Ken Macdonald (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Claire Morehen (ECCC)



    Our climate is changing and among the many challenges facing us, the importance of communicating a consistently accurate, scientific and impactful message grows increasingly more important. From a weather broadcaster’s perspective, what does a “consistently accurate, scientific and impactful message” look like? Is the relevant information readily available such that it can be individually branded and bundled effectively for the various network audiences? From a more general “science communication standpoint” is there enough coordination between the communities (government and academic scientists, public servants, scientists and communicators) so that the perception of Canadians is one of consistent messaging? Finally, are the mechanisms of delivery, social vs conventional or tradition media, changing the requirements of the message itself?

    The goal of this workshop is to bring broadcast meteorologists together to discuss these challenges, to identify areas of greatest need, and to come together as a community to prioritize next steps for resolution.

    Environment and Climate Change Canada would like to sponsor this workshop to improve understanding of the needs of broadcasters, to develop mutually acceptable best practices in delivering weather and climate messages, and to strengthen the relationships that already exist within the broader science communication community.


    Duration: 3 hours


    Organizer: Simom Michael Papalexiou (Global Institute for Water Security | University of Saskatchewan, Canada)



    Weather generators have been around for years. Their goal is to produce synthetic time series of precipitation, temperature, etc., that replicate the statistical properties of the historical ones.


    In this workshop you will learn to generate and downscale time series of hydroclimatic processes. You will be introduced to a Unified Theory for Stochastic Modelling that enables generating and downscaling (DiPMaC) time series that reproduce any desired marginal probability distribution and correlation structure including also features like intermittency.


    The workshop includes an introduction to the stochastic properties of hydroclimatic processes such as precipitation, flooding, wind, temperature, etc., and highlights features such as stationarity, cyclostationarity, marginal distributions, correlations structures and intermittency.


    We will develop and apply on-the-spot (so bring your laptops please!) basic stochastic models such as the iconic AR(1), but also higher order AR(p) models. Finally, we will use the Unified Theory for Stochastic Modelling to simulate time series with any distribution and correlation, and also to preserve intermittency in time series of precipitation.


    Duration: 3 hours

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