“Data Intensive System Analysis for Geohazard Studies”

18–21 July 2016
Sochi region, Mountain cluster, Russia

Scientific ProgramAbstracts

Conference Results

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.

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Important information for the conference participants

  1. Electronic versions of conference attendance certificates are available for downloading in your personal account.
  2. The presentations of the participants are available for downloading from the protected section of the conference site. If for any reason you do not want your presentation to be on the site, please, notify the Organizing Committee.
  3. Articles based on oral or poster presentations will be published in a special issue of the Russian Journal of Earth Sciences, indexed in Web of Science (RSCI). For submission of the articles, please, read the recommendations to authors ( Manuscripts and graphics are submitted at

Workshops Results

Scientific workshop “Catastrophic events on the Earth’s surface”

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.

INTERMAGNET business 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 Great Debate

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.

Arctic Workshop

  1. The participants of the conference and following workshop were mainly from Russia and natural sciences, with some institutes working on socio-economic issues as well, namely MSU.
  2. The participants think there is a need for holistic integrated approach and assessment, with Russian participation in several areas of expertise: natural sciences, socio-economics, systems analysis.
  3. Initiative for cross-disciplinary collaboration was appreciated.
  4. AFI benefits from expertise and knowledge of Russian experts for networking and connections, data, events etc.
  5. The key people involved in the next steps are Dr. Sergey Sokratov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, MSU), Dr. Alexander Klepikov (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, AARI), Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlenskiy (Oil and Gas Research Institute of RAS, OGRI RAS), Prof. Valery Vernikovsky (Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB os RAS, IPGG SB RAS), Renata Lukianova (Geophysical Center RAS), Dr. Tatiana Khromova (Secretary General, Institute of Geography RAS; Secretary of IIASA Russian NMO)
  6. Academician Alexei Gvishiani (Geophysical Centre of RAS, Vice Chair of IIASA Council) and Pavel Kabat will approach the Ministry of Science and Education with an offial letter for collaboration with organisations in Russia.
  7. We will communicate with Prof. Geoffrey Boulton on pan-Arctic data (President of the iCSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology, CODATA). Paul Berkman from AFI will be attending a CODATA meeting.
  8. Discussion with Dr. Heide Hackmann (Executive Director of the International Council for Science, ICSU): IIASA is member of ICSU, initial discussion on potential new avenues for collaboration (IIASA-ICSU). The AFI concept of working at different levels and bringing together communities for working together in practice is appreciated and needed, with sustainable Arctic as common goal. ICSU is not working straight with governments, goes through UN bodies at this level. Interested in convening an event for bringing together research projects on science diplomacy. More thorough thinking needed on AFI collaboration with ICSU and Future Earth. Anni will discuss also with Mark Stafford-Smith (Chair of Scientific Committee, Future Earth). We will keep Heide informed on AFI developments, also consult on documents.
  9. Planning for a collaborative workshop “Systems Analysis for the Arctic” in 2017. AARI will draft an outline for the ws. The ws planning and organising includes multiple benefits at several levels and fronts, also related to funding the event.

Data Citation Workshop

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.


  • Geophysical systems dynamics, data analysis and extreme events (Open Abstracts)
  • Hazards in the Earth’s electro-magnetic environment and geomagnetic observations (Open Abstracts)
  • Earth surface hazards: tectonic and induced earthquakes, volcano activity, landslides, sandstorms(Open Abstracts)
  • Climate, geophysical and ecological extremes in the Arctic region(Open Abstracts)
  • GIS technology for Earth science and practical applications (Open Abstracts)
  • Geoinformatic maintenance of safety of mining and underground construction(Open Abstracts)

Invited Speakers

Dr. Heide Hackmann
France​/​South Africa​/​Germany (ICSU)
Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh
Germany​/​Russia (IUGG)
Prof. Geoffrey Boulton
Scotland The University of Edinburgh & France (CODATA)
Prof. Mioara Mandea
France (CNES)
Dr. Kusumita Arora
India (NGRI)
Prof. Fred S. Roberts
Leonid Vaysberg
Russia REC Mekhanobr-tekhnika
Valery Bondur
Alexander Gliko
(Russia, RAS)
Prof. Valery Vernikovsky
(Russian Federation, Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics)
Leopold Lobkovsky
(Russian Federation, P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology)
Dr. Hanna Katrina Lappalainen
(Finland, University of Helsinki)
Prof. Vitaly Adushkin
(Russian Federation, Institute of Geosphere Dynamics)
Dr. Alexey Malovichko
(Russian Federation, Geophysical Survey RAS)
Khadidja Ferrat
(Germany, University of Potsdam)
Mattias Holschneider
(Germany, University of Potsdam)
Dr. Srinagesh Davuluri
(India, National Geophysical Research Institute)
Prof. Petr Martyshko
(Russian Federation, Institute of Geophysics, UB of RAS)
Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlenskiy
(Russian Federation, Oil and gas research institute RAS)
Dr. Rajender Kumar Chadha
(India, National Geophysical Research Institute)
Dr. Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler
(Austria, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
Dr. Seyed Naser Hashemi
(Iran, School of Earth Sciences, Damghan University)
Prof. Ramin Doostmohammadi
(Iran, University of Zanjan)
RAS members

Conference Committees

Conference Сhairs:

Alexey Gvishiani
(Russia, GC RAS)
Pavel Kabat
(Austria, IIASA)


Alexey Gvishiani
(Russia, GC RAS)

Deputy Chair:

Leonid Vaysberg
(Russia, REC Mekhanobr-tekhnika)

Deputy Chair:

Renata Lukianova
(Russia, GC RAS)


Roman Krasnoperov
(Russia, GC RAS)
Tom Beer
(Australia, IUGG)
Valery Bondur
John Broome
(Canada, CODATA)
Alevtina Chernikova
(Russia, NUST "MISiS")
Alexander Gliko
(Russia, RAS)
Simon Hodson
(France, CODATA)
Alik Ismail-Zadeh
(Germany​/​Russia, IUGG)
Alexander Khanchuk
(Russia, FEGI)
Mioara Mandea
(France, CNES)
Eduard Petrovsky
(Czech Republic, IAGA)
Alexander Ponomarev
(Russia, IPE RAS)
Anni Reissell
(Finland, IIASA)
Erin Joshua Rigler
Elena Rovenskaya
(Russia, IIASA)
Donald Saari
Anatoly Soloviev
(Russia, GC RAS)
Alan Thomson


Alena Rybkina
(Russia, GC RAS & France, CODATA)

Deputy Chair:

Alexandra Astapenkova
(Russia, GC RAS)
Vera Timofeeva
(Russia, IPE RAS & CSA innovative group)
Olga Samokhina
(Russia, GC RAS)
Anastasia Odintsova
(Russia, GC RAS)
Vasil Sultanov
(Russia, GC RAS)
Elena Firsova
(Russia, GC RAS)
Sanja Drinkovic
(Austria, IIASA)
Ernest Kedrov
(Russia, GC RAS)
Vladimir Kaftan
(Russia, GC RAS)
Viktor Tatarinov
(Russia, GC RAS)




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

Ropeway Olympia. Photo by T. Brusenina
The Olympic village. Photo by D. Bondarenko
View on the Romanov bridge. Photo by E. Shernov
Rhododendrons blossoming at the Rosa Peak station. Photo by T. Brusenina
Radisson Hotel Rosa Khutor 5*
Radisson Hotel Rosa Khutor 5*

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.

Sights nearby

Sochi National Park
The Olympic park
Mountain Olympic Village - "House Of Winners"
Skypark Aj Hackett Sochi
Rosa Beach at the artificial mountain lake
Cultural ethnographic center “My Russia”
Sochi Arboretum
Sochi Discovery World Aquarium

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