SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences (GS03)
March 17-20, 2003
Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin
Austin, Texas

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences

From points of view ranging from science to public policy, there is burgeoning interest in modeling of geoscientific problems. Some examples include petroleum exploration and recovery, underground waste disposal and cleanup of hazardous waste, earthquake prediction, weather prediction, and global climate change. Such modeling is fundamentally interdisciplinary; physical and mathematical modeling at appropriate scales, physical experiments, mathematical theory, probability and statistics, numerical approximations, and large-scale computational algorithms all have important roles to play.

This conference facilitates communication between scientists of varying backgrounds and work environments facing similar issues in different fields, and provides a forum in which advances in parts of the larger modeling picture can become known to those working in other parts. These kinds of interactions are needed for meaningful progress in understanding and predicting complex physical phenomena in the geosciences.

Lynn Bennethum, University of Colorado, Denver
Alain Bourgeat, University of Lyon, France (Co-Chair)
Graham Carey, University of Texas, Austin
Helge Dahle, University of Bergen, Norway
Clint Dawson, University of Texas, Austin (Co-Chair)
Rick Dean, University of Texas, Austin
Jerome Jaffre, INRIA, France
Peter Knabner, University of Erlangen, Germany
Carol Woodward, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Applications in Parallel Computation
Atmospheric Modeling
Earthquake Modeling
Flow and Transport in Porous Media
Iterative Methods
Multiphase Flows
Multiphysics Applications
Multiscale Phenomena
Numerical Methods for Geoscience
Parameter Estimation
Reactive Flows
Surface Water and Ocean Modeling
Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics
Scaling and Heterogeneity


Generalized Inversion of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Andrew Bennett
Oregon State University

Geochemical Heterogeneity in Reactive Transport; Review and Lagrangean Upscaling
Tim Ginn
University of California, Davis

Operator Splitting, Fast Methods, and Applications
Helge Holden
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

An Information Infrastructure for Earthquake Science
Tom Jordan
University of Southern California

Statistics for Geophysical Models
Douglas W. Nychka
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Optimal Control Methods for Underground Data Assimilation
Olivier Pironneau
University of Paris VI, France

Seismic Imaging and Velocity Analysis: Current Status and Future Directions
Paul L. Stoffa
University of Texas, Austin, Institute for Geophysics


Minisymposium proposals: August 20, 2002
Minisymposium abstracts and Contributed abstracts:
(in lecture or poster format)
September 17, 2002
Audio/visual Requirements: February 17, 2003





You are invited to contribute a presentation for this conference in one of the following formats.

A minisymposium consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations using the Conference Management System available Here

It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first presentation. Each minisymposia will be refereed by the Organizing Committee. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions.

For further minisymposium organizer and participant information, please visit

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals is August 20, 2002.

Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format
Contributed presentations in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas consistent with the conference themes. A lecture format involves a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. A poster format involves the use of visual aids such as 8-1/2" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board. A poster session is two hours long. Each contributor, either for a lecture or poster, must submit a title and brief abstract not to exceed 75 words.

Please submit contributed presentations in lecture or poster format using the Conference Management System.

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts is September 17, 2002.

Electronic Submission
Please use SIAM's Conference Management System to submit minisymposium proposals, minisymposium abstracts and contributed abstracts in lecture or poster format.

Acceptance Notification to Authors

Authors will be notified by e-mail by the end of October.

Audio/Visual Notice

Standard AV Set-Up in Meeting Rooms


All other breakout rooms will have one overhead projector, one screen, and a data projector. Speakers may order additional audio/visual equipment, other than the standard AV set-up listed above, by contacting [email protected].

Registration information is now available!

Conference Registration is now available! Beat the Preregistration deadline of Friday, February 21, 2003, Register NOW!

Hotel Registration is also available at this time, as well as Transportation Information.

General information will be posted here as information becomes available.

The Radisson Hotel & Resort
111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Telephone: (512) 478-9611
Reservations: (800) 333-3333 US
Guest Fax: (512) 473-8399
Reservation Fax (512) 473-1502

The program schedule and updates will be posted here as information becomes available.


Transportation Information is now available!

Publishers, software and hardware suppliers, and service organizations that have products to offer to conference attendees are invited to exhibit. For additional information and exhibit fees, please contact the SIAM marketing representative at [email protected].

Fun things to do in Austin!

There is no workshop associated with this SIAM conference.


SIAM and the Organizing Committee wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the National Science Foundation for its partial support of this conference.

Created: 5/6/02 DAR
Edited: 5/6/02 DAR