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 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Professor, Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics) and the Co-chair was Pavel Kabat (Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, (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 to observations, detection of and modeling 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.
The scientific program of the Conference included the following sessions:
Business meetings and scientific workshops have also become the integral part of the Conference.
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. 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. The representatives of magnetic observatories “Arti”, “Novosibirsk” an others took part in the meeting by the means of audio- and 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.
Two scientific events engaging international experts took place on the last day of the Conference: Russian Data Citation Workshop and the workshop, titled “Interdisciplinary scientific collaboration towards sustainable Arctic”.
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 (CODATA-ICSTI) 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 meeting “«Interdisciplinary scientific collaboration towards sustainable Arctic” was devoted to issues, related to the Arctic region. The moderators of the meeting were Dr. Renata Lukianova (Principal Research Scientist, Department of Geomagnetism and Geoinformatics, Geophysical Center RAS) and Dr. Annie Reissell (Science Coordinator at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)).
It is worth noting that internationally renowned representatives of the world scientific community attended the Conference. The invited speakers were: Dr. Heide Hackmann (Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), France/South Africa/Germany), Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh (Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Germany/Russia), Prof. Geoffrey Boulton (Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus, Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh, President of the International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), Scotland/France), Prof. Mioara Mandea (Programme Manager for Solid Earth, Earth Observation / Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science of Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), France,) Dr. Kusumita Arora (National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Head of Magnetic Observatory, India), Dr. Antonella Peresan (Department of Mathematics and Earth Sciences, Università degli Studi di Trieste & National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, CRS-OGS, Trieste, Italy), Prof. Fred S. Roberts (Director of Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence CCICADA: Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, USA).
Follow-up to the international conference “Data Intensive System Analysis for Geohazard Studies” includes the Book of abstracts, published electronically, and selected papers, based on the Conference presentations, that will be published in a special issue of the Russian Journal of Earth Sciences, indexed in Web of Science (RSCI).
The main events of the Conference were intensely covered by Russian scientific media and news agencies. Electronic publications about the Conference are available at the sites of “Scientific Russia”, Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, Russian Geographical Society, “Moskovskij Komsomolets”, “Vesti Sochi”, Russia-Kuban TV-channel, “Argumenty i Fakty“ and others. Separately, it should be noted that correspondents from the Russian News Agency TASS were present at the conference and prepared two publications, based on the interviews with the Conference participants. 28 publications about the Conference were prepared in total.
Important information for the conference participants:
We thank you for the participation in our conference. Your opinion is very important for us! This is the link to the anonymous questionnaire of the conference participant. Your evaluation and recommendations will help us to make our future activities better.
We invite authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Abstracts are submitted electronically via personal account after registration. Abstract template can be found in the Abstract submission form in your personal account.
Abstract submission deadline is May 23, 2016.
The Book of Abstracts will be published electronically, available online before the conference and will include abstracts of the presentations of all the participants. In addition, each participant of the conference can submit an article based on his or her oral or poster presentation to Russian Journal of Earth Sciences indexed by Web of Science (RSCI). The articles are accepted only in English (native or high-quality translation) and should satisfy the recommendations to authors. The articles will be published after passing through standard peer-review and editorial process.
The conference will take 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 will be 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.