STRESS 2 - A workshop co-sponsored by:
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), University of Illinois, Hydrologic Synthesis Activities, and DRI
TAHOE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
NOV 4-6, 2009
Power-laws and scaling are frequently observed in Earth surface morphology suggesting that heavy-tailed stochastic models and fractional PDEs may be powerful tools for describing processes and transport laws that take place on the Earth's surface from the hillslope to the whole river network. The STRESS 1 workshop, held in November 2007, catalyzed exploration of ideas, in research and applications, in the area of stochastic transport and emergent scaling in earth-surface processes. Using novel statistical mechanical tools we studied emergent behavior of physical processes characterized by extreme deviation from average behavior on a small scale. Approximately 20 manuscripts, including 15 in a special issue of Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, explore new models that can reproduce relevant features of sediment transport, retention, and deposition; deformation of bedforms; hillslope evolution and transport processes; landslide rupture and debris mobilization; and transport on river networks.
At the STRESS 2 workshop, we will again convene experts in Earth-surface processes and mathematicians and scientists who have successfully applied heavy-tailed stochastic theory and fractional differential equations in both Earth-surface science other disciplines.. We will continue to identify:
1. Geomorphic and hydrologic processes which posess many scales of motion and for which physical justification and observation suggest exploration of heavy-tailed stochastic theories and fractional transport models.
2. Outstanding theory required for the development of novel scale-invariant models for Earth surface processes
This year we also will investigate emergent biogeochemical patterns in watersheds. Specifically, we will study
3. Combined effects of Earth surface morphology, residence time, and biogeochemical reactions on watershed output.
The 3-day workshop will consist of oral sessions, group discussion, and breakout groups. Oral sessions will be held on previous applications of stochastic models at the Earth surface and open questions in Earth surface science that may benefit from novel mathematical approaches. We solicit only talks that fit within these categories. Because of increased interest in the STRESS 2 workshop, we request only one abstract per research group. Organizers will develop the conference program with participants in September.
Abstracts are due October 1, 2009.
Workshop Participants & Organizers
Director, National Center for Earth-Surface
Department of Civil Engineering and
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
University of Minnesota
Division of Hydrologic Sciences
Desert Research Institute
STRESS2 Short Course: Heavy-tailed stochastic processes and fractional ADEs for modeling particle transport.
Christophe Ancey - Alternative(s) to fractional-diffusion equations in bedload-transport models
Boris Baeumer - Tutorial: Numerical methods for fractional PDEs... and more?
David Benson - Emergent heavy tails of reaction rates in diffusion-limited regimes and the self-organized patterns of reactants.
Nate Bradley - Fractional Dispersion in a Sand-Bed River
Doug Jerolmack - Turbulent' sediment transport with memory: experimental constraints on the nature of fluctuations in sediment transporting systems (presentation)
Brandon McElroy - Temporal scaling of sediment flux and topographic change in a sandy channel (presentation)
Rishi Parashar - Dynamics of motile microbes (presentation)
Rina Schumer - Using heavy-tailed stochastic models to interpret an incomplete geologic record (presentation)
Sally Thompson - A Parsimonious Model for Transport of Fine Sediments in Rivers
Yong Zhang - Tutorial: "Almost power law": Tempered power-law models (presentation)
Yong Zhang - Tutorial: Particle tracking methods for fractional ADES (presentation)
Workshop Location, Accommodations, and Travel
Daily meetings will be held at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) in Incline Village, Nevada.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, a five-minute walk from the TERC. Hotel reservations under each invited participant.s name will be paid in advance. Meals will be provided at the conference center.
Ground transportation from the airport to the hotel can be provided for those arriving on Tuesday morning (contact us). Otherwise, you can take a shuttle: www.northlaketahoeexpress.com ($40), cab (~$100), or rent a car (~$30/day).
A map showing how to get from the hotel to the conference center (5 minute walk) is here.
Meals and lodging will be provided for invited participants by NCED and Hydrologic Synthesis. Limited travel assistance can be provided upon request. Pre-approved travel reimbursement can be obtained by sending receipts and a Participant Expense Worksheet to:
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
Attn: Theresa Compton
2 - 3rd Ave SE RM 379
Minneapolis, MN 55414