The international conference “Data Intensive System Analysis for Geohazard Studies”, that was held on 18–21 July 2016 in Rosa Khutor village, Adler district of the city of Sochi, has been completed.
The Conference was organized by Geophysical Center RAS, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria). The co-organizers of the Conference were Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA ICSU), Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, National University of Science and Technology "MISiS", National Geophysical Committee of RAS, CSA innovative group.
The Conference Chair was Alexey Gvishiani (Academician of the RAS, Director of GC RAS, Professor, Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics) and the Co-chair was Pavel Kabat (Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IIASA), Professor).
The Conference brought together research scientists, observers, computer experts, practitioners, technical end-users and decision makers concerned with monitoring of the Earth's environment, detection of hazards, data analysis and modeling, vulnerability and risk assessment. More than 140 scientists and specialists from 14 countries (Russia, USA, UK, Finland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, Iran, India, Uzbekistan) have participated in the Conference.
The Conference in Sochi was devoted to implementation of Systems Analysis embracing a sophisticated data analysis and holistic Earth science approach in order to get comprehensive information on the phenomena of different degrees of hazard and on the multi-scale extremes. The topics, discussed during the Conference, included observations, detection and modeling of geophysical extremes; development, implementation and maintenance of methods and instruments for monitoring; evolution of natural systems towards extreme conditions; assessment of global- and local-scale hazardous phenomena; challenges in data processing and analysis using pattern recognition, statistical and other methods relevant to large data processing; applications of geo-databases and GIS. Separately, it should be noted that the results of 16 projects, financed by the grants of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), were presented at the Conference.
In the framework of the conference, the workshop “Catastrophic events on the Earth’s surface” was organized to present and discuss preliminary results of the RSF Project 15-17-30020 "Application of system analysis for estimation of seismic hazard in the regions of Russia, including the Caucasus-Crimea and Altai-Sayan-Baikal regions". Among the participants of the workshop scientists from the institutes of the North Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Crimea, as well as representatives from IIASA, CODATA, etc.
Members of the RSF Project made presentation based on the results of studies for the Caucasus-Crimea region. Presentations were devoted to the calculation of local estimates of the coefficients of the General Law of Similarity for earthquakes, morphostructural zoning of the territory, the development of a realistic model of a fault and blocks systems, determination of places of possible occurrence of earthquakes, development of an automated system for measuring of a geological, geophysical and geomorphological parameters, earthquakes and associated risks assessment for the main cities etc. Presented scientific results were highly rated by the participants of the meeting.
The meeting, devoted to the development of the Russian network of magnetic observatories, took place on 18 July 2016. During the meeting the problems of the development of magnetic observatories in Russia and its participation in the international project INTERMAGNET were discussed. The international network of magnetic observatories INTERMAGNET is widely known for its high standards of measurements of the components of the Earth’s magnetic field. The Russian segment of INTERMAGNET currently includes nine magnetic observatories within the territory of Russia: “Arti”, “Borok”, “Irkutsk”, “Magadan”, “Novosibirsk”, “Paratunka”, “Saint-Petersburg”, “Khabarovsk”, “Yakutsk”, and observatory “Vostok” in Antarctica.
Experts, invited for participation in the meeting, shared information about the current state of the Russian network of magnetic observatories and identified the issues existing in that field. One of the discussed topics was the transmission of magnetograms in real time to the Geomagnetic Data Center of the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The participants also proposed to organize regular comparison of the observatory declinometers/inclinometers within the territory of Russia. This problem is of great importance, because the comparison of observatory equipment has to be carried out once per several years. Currently such events are organized abroad, which causes significant logistical and financial constraints for the representatives of the Russian observatories. The magnetic observatory “Kazan” was proposed as a potential place for organizing such comparisons in Russia.
Another key topic, which was discussed, was the proposal of reequipping and upgrade of the current instrumentation of magnetic observatories with the instruments, possessed by the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The representatives of the magnetic observatories “Arti”, “Novosibirsk”, and “Paratunka” took part in the meeting by the means of teleconference.
The panel discussion “Great Debate”, titled “What scientific and technological data and their Systems Analysis will be in the 21st century?”, took place on 20 July 2016. During the meeting prominent leaders of the international scientific organizations and distinguished scientists discussed the most significant trends of the 21st century in Systems Analysis development, Data Science, geoobservations and other important disciplines.
Data Citation Workshop is a series of events organized by Task Group “Data Citation Standards and Practices” of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science (ICSU CODATA) around the world, aimed at spreading the culture and practice of data citation within the global scientific community. “Russian Data Citation Workshop” was devoted to the Russian and world practice of data citing in geosciences. The organization of such event in Russian became possible owing to the support of the Executive Director of CODATA, Dr. Simon Hodson.
The conference took place in Rosa Khutor village (560 meters above the sea) located in the suburbs, in the Adler district of the city of Sochi, 40 kilometers from Sochi International Airport. The resort is conveniently located and easily reachable by public transport and car. The 2014 Olympic games were organized in this region.
Rosa Khutor is a prestigious all season world-class mountain resort that is nonetheless open to all. It offers a wide variety of activities for guests of different ages. In the resort area visitors can enjoy the remarkable picturesque views of the Sochi National Park, the blossoming rhododendrons on the promontory cliffs, Alpine meadows, mountain ravines, and blue glittering of the Black Sea visible from height of 2,320 meters — the highest scenic viewpoint in Sochi. The booklet about Rosa Khutor
The conference sessions and accommodation of the participants based in Radisson Rosa Khutor 5* — a premium-class hotel with interior, developed by the prominent Swedish designer Christian Lundwahl.
The hotel’s infrastructure features conference rooms, Wi-Fi coverage and a business center with modern office equipment.