The 14th International Conference on Military Geosciences

June 20-24, 2022

ICMG22 – The 14th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Charleston South Carolina, U.S.A.

HeisenbergDate: June 20 – 24, 2022

Theme: Military Geosciences in the 21st Century: Past Lessons and Modern Challenges

Location: The Conference will be held from Monday June 20 through Friday June 24, 2022, on the Campus of the College of Charleston.  The Conference is being organized on behalf of the Desert Research Institute (DRI, Reno, Nevada), the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, and the International Association for Military Geosciences (IAMG).

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the College of Charleston is a beautiful and historic campus, (founded in 1770).  The campus lies within the Charleston historic district where the city was founded in 1670 as a seaport city.  The city is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.
emmy gaddy

Covid-19 Pandemic:  We will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic in the U.S. and globally, and adopt any COVID-19 protocols in place in accordance with local and federal regulations. Updates will be provided as and when possible.

Themes:  We seek abstracts that link a wide range of military activities within a broad span of geological, geographical, archeological, suitability, historical, and spatial analysis.  Examples include (additional examples can be viewed at http://militarygeoscience.org/about/):

  • Engineering Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geospatial Sciences
  • Geophysics
  • Climatology
  • Environmental Science
  • Cognate disciplines
  • Warfare and geology
  • Military response to predictive climate change
  • Beyond warfare: Pandemics to providing vital resources
  • Terrain Analysis
  • Historical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Land Management
  • Military tourism
  • Naval geography
  • Environmental issues of military activities
  • Geospatial intelligence
  • International security: borders to natural resources
  • Archaeology

Abstracts:  The final submisson deadline is May 31st, 2022.

We anticipate a publication of two volumes of peer-reviewed papers presented at the conference will be published summer of 2023.  One volume will be through Springer and a Geological Society America Special Paper Series on Military Geosciences.

historical sitePost-Conference Excursion:  Coastal Geology and Military History: A post-conference tour will run from June 25 through June 29.  The excursion will begin in Charleston, SC and end in the Washington D.C. area.  For more information, navigate to the Field Trip Agenda tab.

 Conference Committee:

  • Prof Eric McDonald (DRI)
  • Dr. Brad Sion (DRI)
  • Prof Steve Henderson (Emeritus, Oxford College, Emory University)
  • Prof Tim Callahan (Chair: Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston)
  • John Eylander (US Army, ERDC)
  • Maria Stevens (US Army, ERDC)

 

 

Click below to view the ICMG Conference Schedule for each day.

The latest ICMG updates can be found below.

If you plan on attending the Post-Conference Field Trip, Friday night lodging will be provided in Conway or Myrtle Beach.  The Field Trip will be departing Charleston Friday afternoon (24th).

Conference and Post-Conference Field Trip Registration:

Accompanying Partner’s Conference Options

Conference activities will include multiple options (meals, field trips) for accompanying partners.   Options (listed below) will include choice of meals and conference field trips (transportation, fees, meals).  Accompanying partners may also take part in the post-conference excursion with excursion rates for two people per room (see Excursion Agenda below).  Conference options (can be selected by choice) and have been added to the Registration Page.  Options include:​

  • Monday (6/20) – Dinner: Francis Marion Hotel ($45)​
  • Tuesday (6/21) – PM field trip to Sullivan’s Island along with box lunch and dinner ($62)​
  • Wednesday (6/22) – All Day Field Trip:  Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown and lunch ($103)​
  • Thursday (6/23) – PM field Trip to James Island with box lunch and dinner ($58)

 

 

Conference Theme: Military Geosciences in the 21st Century: Past Lessons and Modern Challenges

The location will be held from Monday June 20 through Friday June 24, 2022, on the Campus of the College of Charleston.  The conference is being organized on behalf of the Desert Research Institute (DRI, Nevada), the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, and the International Association for Military Geosciences (IAMG).

The cost for general registration is $450 USD.  For more information, navigate to the registration tab.

Registration will include the following:

  • Reception on Sunday evening at the Francis Marion Hotel​
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, water, fruit, and baked goods during oral/poster sessions​
  • Lunches Monday through Friday​
  • Dinners on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday​
  • Transportation to field trips on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday​
  • All fees for field trip destinations​
  • Abstract volume​
  • Conference T-shirt​

Program:

A virtual tour of the program can be viewed on Google Earth.

Arrivals Day: Sunday June 19, 2022 – Icebreaker: 1800 – 2000hrs Reception at the Francis Marion Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1999, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC.

boat on beach

Day 1: Monday June 20, 2022.  Meeting venue at the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, hosted by Professor Tim Callahan.  AM-PM Oral Sessions (0800-1700).  Box lunch on-site.  Dinner will be provided at the Francis Marion Hotel restaurant.

 

Day 2: Tuesday June 21, 2022.  Meeting at the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.  AM Oral Sessions (0800-1200).  PM field trip to Sullivan’s Island, a two-and-a-half mile long barrier island near the entrance of Charleston Harbor.  Box lunch will be provided.  Dinner provided at the Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, Isle of Palms.

 

Day 3: Wednesday, June 22, 2022.  Meeting in the morning at the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. All day field trip (0730-1700).  AM trip to Fort Sumter.  Lunch will be probided at Charleston Harbor Fish House.  PM field trip to the USS Yorktown.  Dinner will be on your own (many excellent eateries near the hotel).

 

Day 4: Thursday, June 23, 2022.  Meeting in the morning at the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.  AM Oral sessions (0800-1200).  PM field trip to James Island, the site of Battery Wagner, and observation of example coastal erosion.  Box lunch is provided.  Dinner will be provided at Holy City Brewing.

 

Day 5: Friday, June 24, 2022.  Meeting in the morning at the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.  AM Oral sessions (~0800-1200).  Box lunch will be provided.  PM (~1230-1430) IAMG Business Meeting including selection of the location for the next ICMG.

Post Conference Field Trip:  Departs The Francis Marion at ~1530.

 

 

General registration cost is $450 USD.  The general registration period starts May 1st, 2022.

Registration includes the following:

  • Reception on Sunday evening at the Francis Marion Hotel
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, water, fruit, and baked goods during morning and afternoon conference sessions
  • Lunches Monday through Friday
  • Dinners on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • Transportation to field trips on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • All fees for field trip destinations
  • Abstract volume
  • Conference T-shirt

Accompanying Partner’s Conference Options

Conference activities will include multiple options (meals, field trips) for accompanying partners.   Options (listed below) will include choice of meals and conference field trips (transportation, fees, meals).  Accompanying partners may also take part in the post-conference excursion with excursion rates for two people per room (see Excursion Agenda below).  Conference options (can be selected by choice) and have been added to the Registration Page.  Options include:​

  • Monday (6/20) – Dinner: Francis Marion Hotel ($45)​
  • Tuesday (6/21) – PM field trip to Sullivan’s Island along with box lunch and dinner ($62)​
  • Wednesday (6/22) – All Day Field Trip:  Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown and lunch ($103)​
  • Thursday (6/23) – PM field Trip to James Island with box lunch and dinner ($58)

Lodging for ICMG22 will be at the Francis Marion Hotel.

Date: June 20 – 24, 2022 

Reservations: A block of rooms have been reserved at the Francis Marion Hotel, starting at $189 USD/night (lowest rates in the area).  Reservations are limited so if you would like to stay here, please make your reservations as quickly as possible.  Reservations must be made by May 27th, 2022.

 

Post-Conference Excursion

Theme: Coastal Geology and Military History

Important Notice: The excursion will begin in Charleston, SC on Friday, June 24th after the end of ICMG, and will end in Alexandria, VA. If you plan on attending the post-conference excursion, flight departures should be planned for the Washington D.C. area on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.  We will be near Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

Total cost for the post-conference field trip is $1,632 USD per person, one per room, and $1,244 USD per person: two people per room. Cost includes  lodging, all meals, ground transportation, and venue tickets.  No costs for the optional trip on Wednesday and all participants will be responsible for their own entrance fess, meals, etc., but a van will be available for transportation.

Note: Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan on attending the excursion.  Lodging along the east coast U.S is filling up fast.  Registration for the post-conference excursion must be made by June 1st, 2022.  

Excursion costs will include the following:

  • 4 Lunches: June 25-28​
  • 5 Dinners: June 24-28​
  • 5 Nights lodging: June 24-28​
  • Transportation from Charleston to Alexandria​
  • All entrance and tour fees for field trip destinations

 

Post-Conference Excursion Agenda:

We will monitor and adopt any COVID-19 protocols in place in accordance with local and federal regulations.

Friday (6/24): PM (1530) Depart Charleston and travel to Convoy, SC. Dinner will be at Pier 14 Seafood Restaurant, Myrtle Beach (1930).

Saturday (6/25): AM: Depart hotel (0900) and travel to Fort Fisher State Historic Site, NC via the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.  Box Lunch: Fort Fisher Recreation Area.  PM (1330-1700) Tour the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.  Lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Express Leland.  Dinner (1930-2100) will be at the Marina Grill in Wilmington.
historical site

Sunday (6/26): AM: Depart hotel (0800), visit/tour the WII Battleship North Carolina (0830-1200).  Lunch (1230-1345) will be at the Oceanic Crystal Pier (Wrightsville Beach).  PM: Bentonville Battlefield Site, NC, road tour of parts of the Battlefield (1500-1700).  Lodging will be at Roanoke Rapids: Holiday Inn Express & Suites.  Dinner will be at Billikens Smokehouse (2000-2130)

Monday (6/27):  AM: Depart hotel (0745), tour of the Petersburg National Battlefield (0830-1030).  Lunch (1130-1300) will be at Chowning’s Cider Tavern, Colonial Williamsburg, VA.  PM: Tour of the Yorktown Battlefield (1330-1730).  Lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fredericksburg.

Tuesday (6/28):  Depart hotel (0800), tour of the Fredericksburg Battlefield (0815-1145).  Lunch (1200-1315) will be at Brock’s Riverside Grill, Fredericksburg. PM: National Museum of the US Army (1415-1700).  Lodging will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Alexandria Old Town.  Dinner will be at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town (1830-2000).

air and space museum

Wednesday (6/29): Optional Field Trip Day. AM: Depart hotel (0800), Manass National Battlefield (0900-1145), Lunch (1200-1300) will be at Odd BBQ, Chantilly, VA.  PM: The National Air and Space Museum (1400-1730).  Lodging will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Alexandria Old Town.  Dinner will be at The Wharf, Alexandria Old Town (1830-2000).

 

For additional information or questions regarding ICMG 2022, please contact Connie Taylor.

Connie Taylor
Desert Research Institute
Connie.Taylor@dri.edu
Office Phone: 775-673-7451

Eric McDonald
Desert Research Institute
Eric.McDonald@dri.edu

Brad Sion
Desert Research Institute
Brad.Sion@dri.edu

The final submission deadline is May 31st, 2022. 

We anticipate a publication of two volumes of peer-reviewed papers presented at the conference will be published summer of 2023.  One volume will be through Springer and a Geological Society America Special Paper Series on Military Geosciences.

 

ICMG Publications: