2009 Opportunities and Challenges in Computational Geophysics

Pasadena, California

Opportunities and Challenges in Computational Geophysics

The workshop addressed scientific activities involving state-of-the art software such as that being supported by CIG, innovations and opportunities in computational geophysics, and ways to support and grow computational geoscience through community education programs. An important objective was to obtain community input on the future of the CIG initiative. The overall format combined invited talks, discussion sessions and posters. Participants in all areas of our science attended, including experts in computational science and in geophysics. Young investigators were encouraged to participate. Financial support is available for participants.

Posters, Presentations, and Other Material

Workshop Organizing Committee

  • Magali Billen (UC Davis): billen -at-
  • Andy Freed (Purdue): freed -at-
  • Mike Gurnis (Caltech): gurnis -at-
  • Garrett Ito (Hawaii): gito -at-

Seismo Lab Office: (626) 395-6919


The workshop had 78 registered participants.

Whether You Attended or Not, We Want Your Input

If you could not attend, please take a few moments to fill out this CIG Survey CLOSED.

Also, we would like all CIG members to provide a one-page summary of their CIG experience (very important for our CIG II proposal planning). Use the One-Pager Submission Form CLOSED.


Accommodations are available at the Courtyard Marriott Old Pasadena, 180 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103, phone: 800-321-2211. When making a reservation, ask for the CIG/Caltech rate. If you have problems getting a Caltech rate, please call Cortlyn Bridges directly at the Marriott, 626-755-2527.

The room rate is $159 a night, with check-in on March 29 (Sunday), and check-out Tuesday (March 31). There are a few rooms available if you need to stay over Tuesday night due to travel problems.

Hotel reservation cut-off date is currently February 20, but there may be an extension to March 1. Parking is $15/day self-service.

Alternative accommodations can be found at:

Sheraton Pasadena, 303 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91101, (800)-325-3535 at $144/night+tax

Saga Motor Hotel, 1633 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 Tel: (626) 795-0431. (Approximately $80/night+tax)

When making a reservation, ask for the Caltech rate for these hotels

Room Locations and Campus Map

The rooms we will be using are

  • Sharp Lecture Hall, Room 155, Arms, Building #25 on the map.
  • Benioff Room, Room 254, South Mudd, Building #21 on the map

Other Breakout rooms:

  • Buwalda Room, Room 151m, Arms, #25 on map
  • Gutenberg Library, Room 256, South Mudd, Building #21
  • Salvatori Room, Room 365, South Mudd, Building #21

Both buildings are at the corner of California Blvd and Wilson Ave. Shuttle drop off on Monday/Tuesday will be at Rab Circle, which is in front of Arms. For those staying Tuesday night at the hotel, pickup will be at the same location.

The Athenaeum is located at building 61, which is at the corner of Hill and California. Shuttle pickup to the hotel after dinner/during poster session will be outside the Athenaeum. Shuttle schedules will be posted when finalized.

For those who wish to leave directly from Campus to LAX/Burbank via Supershuttle, they have a stop at Rab Circle, and at the corner of San Pasqual and Wilson.

Seismo Lab Office: (626) 395-6919

Transportation During/After the Workshop


Monday and Tuesday at ***7:15am***, Caltech Shuttles will be picking up all participants staying at the Courtyard Marriott, and dropping them off at Rab Court, at Caltech's campus. You would walk north towards the Arms Building (Number 25 on the map), and enter through the West entrance. Sharp Lecture Hall is straight across the hall.

Please be sure to pick up your nametag on Monday, and drop off your emergency contact information sheet.

PLEASE HAVE YOUR NAMETAGS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. These will be proof of registration for catering and subsequent shuttle travel to/from Caltech. If you lose it, please contact me immediately for replacement.


On Monday evening we will have rotating shuttle service, on the half hour, leaving from the Athenaeum to the Courtyard Marriott. The first shuttle will leave at ***7:30***, for those who do not want to stay at the poster session. We will have subsequent shuttles at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30pm.


For those of you planning to stay Tuesday night, we will have shuttle service leaving from Rab Court (next to Sharp Lecture Hall), and returning to the Courtyard Marriott at ***5:30***.


  • SUPERSHUTTLE: (Campus pickup available - RAB and PASQUAL being closest to location of workshop)
    800 BLUE-VAN (258-3826)
    Transportation can be arranged ahead of time for pickup to airport by calling/filling online request. Transportation from airport done at branch office at airport.
    800 RED-VAN (733-8267)
  • TAXI COMPANIES: For those of you staying at other hotels besides the Marriott, here are some local cab numbers.
    • Checker Cab: 626-796-8294
    • Yellow Cab Company: 626-303-8600
    • City Cab: 626-584-1000
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