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2019 SCEC Annual Meeting

  • Registration Opens:
  • Registration Deadline:
    August 15, 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:
    August 15, 2019
  • Meeting Dates:
    September 8-11, 2019

2019 SCEC Annual Meeting Program and Agenda

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a comprehensive understanding of earthquakes in Southern California and elsewhere, and to communicate useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk. SCEC coordinates a broad collaboration that builds across disciplines and enables a deeper understanding of system behavior than would be accessible by individual researchers or institutions working alone. At the SCEC Annual Meeting, members of the community gather to share and get updates on SCEC research projects and activities, as well as plan collaborations for the coming year.

2019 SCEC Program Meeting Program. The SCEC Science Planning Committee designed the program to review the advances of SCEC and to strategize for the goals set forth in the SCEC5 proposal. The meeting sessions are comprised of a series of thematic discussions to engage the community in the new efforts and initiatives of SCEC. Each theme discussion begins with two plenary talks, followed by moderated discussions on each theme. The SCEC community will provide input and guidance on those potential directions during the discussion sessions. 

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Sunday, September 8

07:00 - 17:00 SCEC Annual Meeting Registration & Check-In
08:00 - 12:00 Workshop: Research Mentor Training
08:30 - 12:30 Workshop: Evaluation of Seismic Hazard Models with Fragile Geologic Features
13:00 - 17:00 Workshop: Empower Yourself for Public Speaking Opportunities
15:00 - 16:30 Workshop: NSF-USGS Coordination on July 4 - 5, 2019 Earthquake Sequence
15:00 - 17:00 Poster Set-Up
17:00 - 18:00 Welcome Social
18:00 - 19:00 Distinguished Speaker Presentation: Beyond Elasticity in Ground Motion Simulations, Steve Day
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Dinner
19:00 - 21:00 Leadership Meeting: SCEC Advisory Council
21:00 - 22:30 Poster Session

Monday, September 9

by appt. SCEC 1-on-1 Media Training Sessions
07:00 - 17:00 SCEC Annual Meeting Registration & Check-In
07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
07:00 - 08:30 SCEC Transitions Program Breakfast
08:30 - 10:10 Plenary Session 1: “Changing of the Guard”  The State of SCEC
Moderators: John Shaw, Judi Chester
08:30 Welcome and State of the Center (PDF, 1.4MB), Yehuda Ben-Zion
08:50 Remarks from the National Science Foundation, Maggie Benoit
09:00 Remarks from the U.S. Geological Survey, Mike Blanpied
09:10 Remarks from the Pacific Gas & Electric, Albert Kottke
09:15 Remarks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Bill Blanton
09:20 Communication, Education, & Outreach Highlights (PDF, 3.5MB), Mark Benthien
09:35 SCEC Science Accomplishments (PDF, 5.4MB), Greg Beroza / Christine Goulet
10:10 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session 2: “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”  How Should We Prepare for and Respond to Large Earthquakes in Southern California? Moderators: Mike Oskin, Kate Scharer
10:30 What the “L”? Unraveling (and Responding to) the 2019 Ridgecrest, California, Earthquake Sequence, Susan E. Hough and The Ridgecrest Response Team
11:00 GEER Reconnaissance following the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, Scott Brandenberg and The GEER Reconnaissance Team
11:30 Several insights from a decade of earthquake reconnaissance and response in New Zealand, Brendon A. Bradley
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Plenary Session 3: “Like a Rolling Stone”  What is A Fault (Zone)? Panel Discussion
Moderators: Nadia Lapusta, Cliff Thurber
  What is a Fault Zone - inferences from stress state, Greg Hirth
  What is a FZ? Spatial and temporal variations in crustal fault zone structure and associated properties, Tom Mitchell
  What is a fault zone? A perspective from beneath the brittle-ductile transition, Elena Miranda
  Fault behavior at and near Earth's surface, Johanna (Josie) Nevitt
15:00 - 17:00 Poster Session
15:00 “Every Grain of Sand”  Lightning Talks (series of presentations from SCEC Community)
15:30 Poster Viewing
15:00 - 18:00 Leadership Meeting: SCEC CEO Planning Committee
19:00 - 21:00 SCEC Honors Banquet
21:00 - 22:30 Poster Session

Tuesday, September 10

by appt. SCEC 1-on-1 Media Training Sessions
07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00 Plenary Session 4: “All Along the Watchtower”  What are the New Advances in Step-Out Monitoring Technology?
Moderators: Jamie Steidl, Elizabeth Cochran
08:30 Crossing the shoreline with DAS: Photonic seismology in Monterey Bay using the MARS cable, Nate Lindsey, T. Craig Dawe, and Jonathan Ajo-Franklin
09:00 Recent observations and new frontiers in seafloor geodesy, Noel Bartlow
09:30 Group Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session 5: “Chimes of Freedom”  What Mechanisms Contribute to Earthquake Initiation, Triggering, and Forecasting?
Moderators: Morgan Page, Max Werner
10:30 Spatiotemporal Evolution Pattern of Seismicity across California-Nevada and Its Implication for Future Large Earthquakes, Yuehua Zeng
11:00 Foreshocks and aftershocks on geometrically complex faults, Camilla Cattania, Sebastian Hainzl, and Paul Segall
11:30 Group Discussion
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Plenary Session 6: “I Shall Be Released”  How Do We Merge Multi-Scale and Resolution to Better Characterize Earthquake Behavior?
Moderators: Roland Bürgmann, Bridget Smith-Konter
13:30 Multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of puzzling earthquake dynamics, Alice-Agnes Gabriel
14:00 Rheology of Southern California from Mineral to Regional Scale, Laurent G. Montesi, Kristel Izquierdo, Kali L. Allison, William E. Holt, Alireza Bahadori, Greg Hirth, William Shinevar, and Michael E. Oskin
14:30 Group Discussion
15:00 - 17:00 Poster Session
15:00 “Every Grain of Sand”  Lightning Talks (series of presentations from SCEC Community)
15:30 Poster Viewing
19:00 - 21:00 Group Dinner
21:00 - 22:30 Poster Session

Wednesday, September 11

by appt. SCEC 1-on-1 Media Training Sessions
07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
07:00 - 08:30 Leadership Meeting: SCEC Planning Committee
07:00 - 08:30 Leadership Meeting: SCEC Board of Directors
08:30 - 10:00 Plenary Session 7: “Señor”  What are the Boundaries of the SCEC Natural Laboratory?
Moderators: Ramon Arrowsmith, Andrea Donnellan
08:30 Mysteries of the Deep: Faulting in the offshore California Continental Borderlands, Jillian M. Maloney
09:00 Active faulting south of the border; the other half of the big bend domain of the Pacific-North American plate margin, John M. Fletcher, Alejandro Gonzalez-Ortega, Thomas K. Rockwell, Peter O. Gold, and Michael E. Oskin
09:30 Group Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session 8: “The Times They are A Changin”  SCEC Looking Forward
Moderators: Yehuda Ben-Zion, Christine Goulet
10:30 Report of the Advisory Council - Meghan Miller
11:00 2020 Science Plan and Request for Proposals (PDF, 544KB)Greg Beroza and Judi Chester
11:50 Director’s Closing Remarks - Yehuda Ben-Zion
12:00 2019 SCEC Annual Meeting Adjourns

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