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COCONet Workshop for Community Science, Station Siting, and Capacity Building
February 3 & 4, 2011
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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PASI short course on Magma-Tectonic Interactions in the Americas
Target Audience: advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and early career faculty.
Objectives: This workshop will address four key scientific aspects, which will allow the scientific community to improve the science in significant ways:
- Magma-tectonic interactions;
- Deep vs. shallow magma plumbing systems;
- Eruption trigger mechanisms; and
- New approaches, methods, and technologies for volcano monitoring. Lectures and fieldwork will be integral parts of the workshop.
- Field work
Application deadline: 22 February 2013
Contacts: Pete LaFemina - pcl11psu.edu
John Stix stixeps.mcgill.ca
2013 Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Atmospheric Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean: Observations, Analysis, and Impacts
27 May - 7 June 2013
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PASI short course on atmospheric processes in Latin America/Caribbean
Applications are invited from early career scientists to participate in a two-week short course on atmospheric processes of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 27 May to 7 June 2013. This course will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of knowledge of the key processes that are important to the region. Topics will include global teleconnections, regional monsoon systems, regional sources of moisture and its transport, hurricanes, ocean-air interactions, hurricanes, and small-scale convection. The course will have five distinct elements: lectures, computer labs, both group and small-group discussions, a group writing project, and a research colloquium.
We are expecting to accept up to 30 participants, half from the United States and half from the other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, chosen in a manner that ensures a highly qualified and diverse set of attendees. NSF-sponsored stipends are available for participants to help cover partial travel and subsistence. Support from a participant’s home institution is welcome and encouraged.
Application deadline: 1 February 2013
Administrative contact: Dawn Williams, UCP/COSMIC
Science contact: John Braun, UCP/COSMIC
The 2012 COCONet Data and Research Workshop was held at the Dreams Hotel in Tulum, Yucatán, Mexico for 2.5 days, from October 24-26, 2012. In this third and last workshop in the original proposed plan, participants discussed the network accomplishments to date and reviewed future installation plans, explored research opportunities as well as current data products, and the establishment of a regional data center. The workshop format included plenary talks, open discussions, and break-out sessions.
Purpose of the Meeting
The original COCONet project proposal envisioned three workshops. In the first one, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico (February 3-4, 2011), participants began the development of a community plan that refined the overarching science goals for the proposed integrated multi-disciplinary network, reviewed the new GPS station siting plan, gained consensus on the list of existing stations in the Caribbean for inclusion into the COCONet archiving and data processing, and defined and prioritized additional science experiments that could capitalize on this investment in a pan-Caribbean infrastructure.
The second meeting, held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (June 28-29, 2011) brought together Caribbean network operators to address the specifics of choosing existing and new stations to meet the COCONet science goals and addressed planning for pan-Caribbean capacity building with a focus on data collection, processing and archiving. GPS network operators identified numerous existing stations in the Lesser Antilles and Venezuela that were not previously known by the larger community; a first-order siting plan for new stations was defined as well as the need for a follow-on siting meeting to identify and finalize existing and new station locations; and lastly, a request from both Caribbean and US investigators was presented to the COCONet PIs and advisory committee to consider a refurbishment option for stations of geodetic quality but with failing equipment.
The third COCONet workshop focused primarily on longer-term operations and maintenance for GPS stations installed in the Caribbean, GPS data processing, higher-level data products generation, and real-time GPS data distribution for local societal benefit. In addition, the workshop reviewed accomplishments to date, and refined the protocols for the formal establishment of one or two regional data centers for data archival and/or analysis/products. Two key objectives of the meeting were to explore new research and data product opportunities, and to lay out future goals and direction of COCONet. Reports of the previous two meetings can be found on the UNAVCO – COCONet website at:
- Alberto M. López-Venegas (Chair) –PRSN-UPRM, Puerto Rico, USA
- Enrique Cabral-Cano (Co-chair) – Instituto de Geofísica-UNAM, México
- Eric Calais – Purdue University, Indiana, USA
- Karl Feaux – UNAVCO, Colorado, USA
- Lloyd Lynch – UWI-SRC, Trinidad & Tobago
- Héctor Mora-Páez – Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Colombia
- Andrea Sealy – CIMH, Barbados
- Guoquan Wang – University of Houston, Texas, USA
- Paquita Zuidema – RSMAS, University of Miami, Florida, USA