BESR Meeting

Upcoming Meetings

Spring 2017

May 9, 2017 | NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, California




Past Meetings



Cascadia Subduction Zone: Science, Impacts, and Response

November 10, 2016
The National Academy of Sciences Building
Washington, DC





Kelin Wang, Pacific Geoscience Centre, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada
Great Cascadia megathrust earthquakes: Past, present, and future


Panel 1: The Source: Subduction zone dynamics, earthquakes, and tsunamis

John Vidale, University of Washington
Chris Goldfinger, Oregon State University

Moderator: Maya Tolstoy, COSG

Panel 2: Cascading hazards: Earthquake and tsunami impacts

Joan Gomberg, University of Washington/USGS
Eric Geist, U.S. Geological Survey
Tim Walsh, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Moderator: Cynthia Ebinger, COSG

Panel 3: Preparedness, response, and mitigation: Employing science to advance solutions

Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Rocky Lopes, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Richard Allen, University of California, Berkeley (External Link to R. Maddow Video in Presentation)
Gerald Bawden, NASA

Moderator: Scott Cameron, BESR

2016 Spring BESR Meeting

"The Evolving Soil Interface of the Earth System"

April 4, 2016

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC


Sustaining “the Genius of Soils”

Garrison Sposito

University of California Berkeley

Panel 1: Hydropedology: Modeling Soil Water Dynamics

John Bolten

NASA Goddard

David Lindbo

Binayak Mohanty
Texas A&M University

Donald Cline
USGS Water

Panel 2: Characterizing Soil Carbon Stabilization Under Evolving Climate & Environmental Conditions

Oliver Chadwick

University of California, Santa Barbara

Diana Wall
Colorado State University

Noah Fierer
University of Colorado, Boulder

Will Wieder


2016 Joint Meeting

"Conversation About the National Water Model"

BESR-WSTB Joint Meeting

March 23, 2016

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC


Brief Overviews of the National Water Model:

Ed Clark

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

David Maidment
University of Texas, Austin

Shaowen Wang
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Friday, January 29, 2016


Dr. Dorothy Merritts
Franklin & Marshall College

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2015 Autumn Meeting

"Waste as a Resource"

November 5, 2015

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Mike Biddle, Materials Solutions

"The New Alchemy: Converting Garbage into Gold"

Panel 1: Waste Streams and value: What are these easte streams, where are they, and what is the potential mineral value?

Geoff Plumlee, USGS
Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State University
S.C. Lenny Koh, University of Sheffield

Panel 2: Nuts and Bolts: Technologies, Practice, Innovations, and Challenges

Ryan Ott, Ames National Laboratory
Mark Caffarey, Umicore, North Carolina
Pamela Gratton, Fairfax County, Virginia

 Panel 3: Where Do We Begin?

Stephanie Adrian, Environmental Protection Agency
Joseph Pickard, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Nick Hazen, Hazen Research, Inc.
Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.


"Drones for the Earth Sciences: Applications and Implications"

Monday, June 22, 2015


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2015 Spring Meeting

"Earth Data Science in the Era of Big Data and Compute"

April 29, 2015

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Timothy Killeen, University of Illinois
Andrew Turner, ESRI R&D DC

Panel 1: Science and Engineering Drivers for Earth Data Science

Lee Allison, Arizona Geological Survey
Patrick Reed, Cornell University
Chaitanya Baru, National Science Foundation

Panel 2: Earth Data Science: Foundations and Principles

E. Lynn Usery, USGS
Carole Palmer, University of Washington
Timothy Ahern, IRIS
Scott Hills, Chevron

Panel 3: Frontiers and Future Directions of Earth Data Science

Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois
Sean Dessureault, Mine Intelligence Research Group
Craig Dobson, NASA Earth Surface and Interior

Special Workshop

"Landslides and Landslide Risk: Needs for the Next Decade"

February 29, 2015

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Audio Recordings:
AM Audio (MP3)
PM Audio (MP3)

Joe Wartman, University of Washington
From Oso, Washington to Christchurch, New Zealand: Needs and Potential Solutions for Landslide Science, Risk Assessment, and Partnerships

Panel 1: Landslide Science

Ning Lu, Colorado School of Mines
Marin Clark, University of Michigan
Josh Roering, University of Oregon
Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA

Panel 2: Landslide Risk

Estelle Chaussard, UC Berkeley
Greg Stock, NPS Yosemite
Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Carnegie Mellon University

Panel 3: Partnerships for Mitigating Landslide Risk

Scott Anderson, Federal Highway Administration
Ed Clark, NOAA National Weather Service (No formal presentation)
Rick Wooten, North Carolina Geological Survey


"Unearthing Citizen Science"

Friday, December 5, 2014


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2014 Autumn Meeting

"Landslides and Landslide Risk: What have we learned in the last decade?"

November 13, 2014

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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David Norman, Director and State Geologist, Washington Geological Survey

Karen Berry, Acting Director and State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey

Joseph Gunset, General Counsel, Lloyd’s America

Jonathan Godt, Landslide Hazards Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

2014 Spring Meeting

"Our Changing Globe: The Challenges and Value of Monitoring Earth Processes"

May 12, 2014

Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives AccuWeather, Inc.

Panel 1: The value of monitoring: What has been monitored and what are the success stories?

Steve Hamburg, Environmental Defense Fund
Gregory Boland, Bureau Energy Management
Madeline Gotkowitz, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Carol Miller, Wayne State University

Tim Stryker, National Science Technology Council/OSTP

Panel 2: How do we manage and use the data? Where are we headed?

Charles Mandeville, U.S. Geological Survey with Tina Neal, U.S. Geological Survey
Janis L. Dickinson, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
John LaBrecque, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Glen Mattioli, UNAVCO

Meeting of the
Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014

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2013 Autumn Meeting

25th Anniversary Meeting
"Examining Current and Future Earth Science Issues for the Nation"

November 18, 2014

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

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Keynote Addresses:
Dr. William L. Fisher, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA
Dr. Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey

Panel Discussion: Earth sciences and resources for the public good:

Dr. Suzette Kimball, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Wendy Harrison, Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation
Dr. John Labrecque, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Nick Woodward, Department of Energy

Afternoon Presentations:

Dr. Thomas Jordan, University of Southern California
Dr. Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Carlos Santamarina, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Wesley Patrick, Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Jonathan Price, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Dr. Murray Hitzman, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Susan Brantley, Pennsylvania State University

2013 Spring Meeting

"Effective Communication of Earth Science and Engineering Information"

May 7-8, 2013

The Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Panel 1: Perspectives from Capitol Hill

Kathleen Benedetto, House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Patricia Beneke, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Nicole Carter, Congressional Research Service
Peter Folger, Congressional Research Service

Communicating Earth Science at NASA

Stephen Cole, NASA

Panel 2: Communicating With a Diverse Public

Maeve Boland, American Geosciences Institute
John Gibbons, Smithsonian Institution
Brenda Pierce, U.S. Geological Survey
Randy Showstack, American Geophysical Union
Dan Vergano, USA Today
Kasey White—Geological Society of America Director for Geoscience Policy

2012 Autumn Meeting

"National Wildfire Resilience"

November 1, 2012

The Keck Center
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University
Between Two Fires: An American Story

Panel 1: How do we understand fire?

Elizabeth Reinhardt, U.S. Forest Service
Overview of Wildland Fire Occurrence and Trends in the United States

Rod Linn, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Complexities of Wildfire Behavior

John Cissel, Joint Fire Science Program
Wildfire Research Directions and Approaches: View from the Joint Fire Science Program

Panel 2: How do we understand fire resilience in wildlands?

Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey
Forests, Climate, and Wildfire

Jacob Bendix, Syracuse University
Fire at the Biogeomorphic Interface: Complex Interactions in Watersheds

Panel 3: How do we understand resilience in fire-prone communities?

Sarah McCaffrey , U.S. Forest Service
Wildfire Resilience and Societal Dynamics

Stephen Quarles, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Vulnerabilities of and Mitigation Strategies for Buildings Subjected to Wildfire Exposures

Danny Lee, U.S. Forest Service
Using Science to Inform Policy: A Cohesive Strategy for Wildland Fire Management