2024 ER-DGVM-C

2nd Annual
Eastern Regional Dynamic Global Vegetation Modeling Conference 

Predicting Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change: Linking Models and Measurements
April 5-7, 2024

The next Eastern Regional Dynamic Global Vegetation Modeling Conference (ER-DGVM-C) will be held April 5-7, 2024 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. The ER-DGVM-C was established in 2023 to foster interchange among scientists, postdocs, and students who conduct research in modeling, lab and field studies, remote sensing, and data science related to understanding vegetation and land biophysical and biogeochemical dynamics from the molecular to global scales.  The conference focus is particularly on dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs) that couple with surface hydrology and/or atmosphere models, and the data and process studies that are needed to inform model physics, parameters, and provide boundary conditions.  

This collegial, 2-day conference is held every spring in the retreat-like setting of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA.  The ER-DGVM-C format promotes substantial time for discussion during talks, over meals, poster sessions, and evening mixers, with always an afternoon free for impromptu meetings and to enjoy the seaside ambiance of Woods Hole. The conference especially encourages early career scientists to gain valuable feedback on their work in a supportive environment.  It provides a forum for all to have the opportunity to connect with others with diverse expertise in the very multidisciplinary endeavor of understanding terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in the context of the Earth system.  While the venue is most convenient for those in the Eastern U.S., it is certainly open to any who wish to attend from outside the region.

Key Dates

January 18
Abstract submissions open

February 28 Registration and MBL lodging reservations open

March 4
Abstract submissions deadline

March 15
Registration and MBL lodging deadline

April 5-7
Conference dates

Thanks for attending!

Congratulations to the awardees of the best oral and poster presentations:

  • Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation: Phenologies: Defining seasons through different indicators in land-atmosphere interactions perspective. Rong-Yu Gu, Columbia University
  • Best Graduate Student Poster: Mapping bird-friendly coffee farms using remote sensing and machine learning. Francesca Lingo, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Best Postdoc Oral Presentation: Sustaining Savanna Stability: Browsing Herbivores and Functional Diversity as Keys to Resilience. Katja Irob, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Best Postdoc Poster: Rapid and accurate automatic segmentation of individual trees from terrestrial laser scanning point cloud. Tao Han, Cornell University

 

Keynote Speakers

Michael Dietze

Ecological Forecasting Lab
Boston University
Research Site

Lucy Hutyra

Terrestrial Carbon Lab
Boston University
Research Site

Dave Schimel

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Research Site

Ying Sun

School of Integrative Plant Science Soil and Crop Sciences
Cornell University
Research Site

Xiangtao Xu

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Research Site

Questions? Contact us:

For any questions on conference format, scientific scope, organization, etc., please email:

Co-chairs
Dr. Paul Moorcroft, paul_moorcroft *at* harvard.edu
Dr. Nancy Y. Kiang, Nancy.Y.Kiang *at* nasa.gov

For questions about the website and sponsorship,
please email:

Dr. Hannah Liddy, hl3147 *at* columbia.edu 

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Sponsors

Please contact aimes@futureearth.org if you would like to sponsor the 2024 conference. We will provide guidelines for sponsorship. 

NbS Logistics

Logistics

The workshop will take place at KIT-Campus Alpin, which is located in the southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and lies in the south of Bavaria and Germany, close to the Austrian border.

    Location

    Workshop address:

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT
    Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research
    Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)
    Kreuzeckbahnstraße 19
    82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Germany

    Hotel address:
    We have a block booking at the Biohotel Garmischer Hof for our event “AIMES Workshop, KIT Campus Alpin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.”

    Biohotel & Restaurant Garmischer Hof
    Chamonixstraße 10
    82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Phone: +49 8821 9110
    Email: hotel@garmischer-hof.de

    Traveling to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    (copied from https://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/english/134.php)

      • by train via Munich (from north) or Innsbruck (from south) to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The local bus route No.2 (Direction “Kreuzeck – Alpspitzbahn”) will take you from the railway station directly to the Institute (leave at station “Hammersbacher Fußweg”). For more information, contact Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railways) or plan your trip with the DB Bahn route planner
      • by bus There is a bus directly from Munich Airport to Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Munich Central Bus Station (ZOB). It runs several times a day. (runned by FLIXBUS)
      • by car via A 95 and B 2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In town follow the road sign to Fernpass/Reutte/Grainau, then turn left to “KIT-Campsu Alpin and “Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn”. Plan your trip with this route planner.
      • by airplane via Munich Airport (“Franz-Josef-Strauß”), which has direct connections with most of national and international cities. Then take the ‘Airport bus’ or ‘S-Bahn’ to Munich Central Station. From there take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (s. above).

    Getting to KIT IMK-IFU

      Instructions for walking or taking public transportation to KIT can be found below. Upon arriving at KIT, follow the signs to the large seminar room.

        • by bus (20 minutes) the bus station ‘Michael-Ende-Kurpark’ is 130 m from the entrance of the Biohotel Garmischer Hof. Take the “2” toward Kreuzeck/Alpspitzbahn, Garmisch-Partenkirchen for 11 stops and get off at the ‘Hammersbacherfußweg’ station. This station is located at the front gate of KIT.
        • by foot (45 minutes) the walk to KIT is a mostly flat, scenic walk that will take you through a well-maintained path for hikers and cyclists called the “WANDERWEG/Riessersee- Hausberg Skistadion”.

          Weather

          The IMK-IFU at the KIT-Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located in the Bavarian Alps. In November, you can expect temperatures to typically range between 8°C to -2°C (46°C to 29°C). Precipitation as either rain or snow is possible. Rain protection and warm clothing that can be worn in layers are recommended.

          Miscellaneous

          • Currency: Euro
          • Outlets: There are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Germany operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

          NbS Schedule

          Schedule

          The workshop program can be found below. Each day will begin in the Seminar Room of the Main Building at KIT Campus Alpin – IMK-IFU.

          Wednesday, 8 November 2023 

          12:00 – 13:00
          Lunch
          13:00 – 15:30
           SETTING THE STAGE – SESSION I
          15:30 – 16:00
           Coffee Break
          16:00 – 18:00
           SETTING THE STAGE – SESSION II
          18:00 – 18:30
           PLENARY

          Thursday, 9 November 2023

          9:00 – 10:30
           SESSION I: EARTH SYSTEM INTERACTIONS
          10:30 – 11:00
          Coffee Break
          11:00 – 13:00  SESSION II: FEASIBILITY AND DESIRABILITY
          13:00 – 14:00
           Lunch
          14:00 – 15:30
           SESSION III: IMPLEMENTATION
          15:30 – 16:00
           Coffee Break
          16:00 – 18:00
           SESSION IV: EMERGENT TOPICS
          18:00 – Evening
           Reception and Workshop Dinner

          Friday, 10 November 2023

          9:00 – 10:30  SESSION I: PAPER OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT
          10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break
          11:00 – 12:00 SESSION II: PAPER OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT CONTINUED

          -Workshop End-

          Attendees

          Almut Arneth
          Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

          Luis Mundaca
          Lund University, Sweden

          Laurent Bopp
          French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

          Precious Mongwe
          Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

          Calum Brown
          Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

          Pedro Monteiro
          Stellenbosch University, South Africa

          Gabriela Marques Di Giulio
          University of São Paulo, Brazil

          Ol Perkins
          King’s College London, UK

          Kate Dooley
          School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne

          Patricia Pinho
          Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Brazil

          Matthias Garschagen
          Munich University (LMU), Germany

          Julia Pongratz
          Munich University, Germany

          Collins Handa
          Technical University of Kenya, Kenya

          Mark Rounsevell
          Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
          University of Edinburgh, UK
          Thomas Hickler
          BIK-F Frankfurt, Germany
          Yuhan Rao
          North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, USA
          Jagdish Krishnaswamy
          Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
          Stephanie Roe
          World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA
          David Lapola
          University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
          Alex Ruane
          NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), USA

          Peter Lawrence
          Terrestrial Sciences Section – Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory –
          The National Center for Atmospheric Research (TSS – CGD – NCAR)

          Cristina Schultz
          Northeastern University, USA

          Hannah Liddy
          Columbia University, USA

          Yunne Shin
          Research Institute for Development for Marine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation (MARBEC), France
          Gaël Mariani
          MARBEC, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Montpellier, France
          Devi Veytia
          Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB)
          Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), France

          Natalie Mahowald
          Cornell University, USA

          Maria Virginia Vilariño
          Business Council for Sustainable Development, Argentina

          Maitreyee Sevekari
          Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

          Karina Winkler
          Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

          2023 ER-DGVM-C Schedule

          Schedule

          The schedule for the Eastern Regional Dynamic Global Vegetation Modeling Conference can be found and downloaded below. All events will take place in the MBL Swope Center (#15 on map). Plenary talks and discussion are in the Swope Meigs Room. Posters will be shared in the Swope Poster Area. To see the oral and poster session schedule, follow this link.

          Keynote Speakers

          Jennifer A. Holm 

          Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
          Research Site

          Natasha MacBean

          Western University
          Research Site

          Minkyu Moon  

          Boston University
          Research Site

          Paul Moorcroft  

          Harvard University
          Research Site

          FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2023
          4:00-6:00 pm Check-in at MBL Swope Center, 5 North Street in Woods Hole. (#15 on the map), set up posters in the Swope poster area
          6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner in dining hall
          7:00-7:10 pm  Welcome and Opening Remarks in the Swope Meigs Room
          7:10-8:45 pm  FRIDAY EVENING ORAL SESSION: DYNAMICS, DATA & DEMOGRAPHY
          8:45 pm – late  POSTERS MIXER SESSION

          SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023
          7:00-8:15 am  Breakfast in dining hall
          8:15-10:00 am  SATURDAY MORNING ORAL SESSION 1: PHENOLOGY & TEMPERATURE
          10:00-10:10 am  Group photo
          10:10-10:30 am  Coffee break
          10:30-12:00 pm  SATURDAY MORNING ORAL SESSION 2: GROUP MIP ACTIVITY
          12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch in dining hall
          1:00-3:45 pm  FREE TIME for impromptu meetings, walks, soccer, etc.
          3:45-4:00 pm  Pre-talk snacks by POSTERS
          4:00-5:00 pm  SATURDAY AFTERNOON ORAL SESSION 1: DATA ASSIMILATION
          5:00-5:50 pm  SATURDAY AFTERNOON ORAL SESSION 2: MODEL PARAMETERIZATION
          6:00-7:30 pm  Dinner in dining hall
          7:30-late pm  SATURDAY EVENING SESSION: POSTERS MIXER SESSION
          SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023
          7:00-8:15 am  Breakfast in dining hall
          8:15-9:25 am  SUNDAY MORNING ORAL SESSION 1: HUMAN-NATURAL INTERACTIONS
          9:25 – 9:40 am  SUNDAY MORNING ORAL SESSION 2: REMOTE SENSING OF VEGETATION
          9:40-9:55 am  COFFEE BREAK
          9:55-10:55 am  SUNDAY MORNING ORAL SESSION 2 continued
          10:55-11:10 am  Student and postdoc presentation awards, announcement of next co-chairs and date
          11:10-12:00 pm  Conference feedback and general discussion
          12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch in dining hall

          -Conference End-

          ER-DGVM-C Logistics

          Venue & Directions

          About the venue

          The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

          Getting to MBL

          Woods Hole is a small seaside town for which there is a Peter Pan charter bus service from New York City, Providence, and Boston, with other stops.  The Marine Biological Laboratory is about a 6-minute walk from the bus and ferry terminal.  For those who are driving, there is ample parking at MBL. An Event parking lot is available with MBL-issued permits for approximately 30 cars. Permits are complimentary and are available at check-in on a first come first serve basis. Additional information can be found here: https://www.mbl.edu/about/local-area-information/travel-information

            Location

            Conference address:

            Swope Center
            5 North Street
            Woods Hole, MA  USA

            Registration location:
            Registration check in takes place in the main lobby of the Swope Center – 5 North St, Woods Hole MA 02543

             

            Parking

            Parking is available at the Bar Neck Lot (33 Bar Neck Rd)

            Weather

            Woods Hole is a seaside village, and the weather can vary widely day to day (even hour to hour). You can expect temperatures to typically be a few degrees cooler than inland. A raincoat is handy for unexpected showers. Winters can range from blizzard conditions to mild.

            Check In

            All meetings check in at the MBL Swope Center, 5 North Street in Woods Hole. (#15 on the map) The Front Desk will provide your event ID badge, parking permit and event information.  Housing check-in is after 2:00pm on the date of your scheduled arrival. The Front Desk is usually open 8am – 5pm on arrival day.  After 5pm, the MBL Security (508-289-7217) can be called for housing check in. Conference parking spaces are available in the Bar Neck Lot (#19 on the map). Permits for overnight parking are available at the Swope Front Desk.

            Conference Policies

            You will be required to sign and acknowledge receipt of these policies prior to participating in the meeting. This includes information about complying with MBL’s COVID-19 policy. For more information, refer to their guidelines here

            Wireless

            The MBL offers wi-fi throughout the campus. The “MBL-GUEST” network is extremely easy to use and is very similar to systems that are widely deployed in hotels and Internet cafes. This wireless network has limited access to any MBL network resources, such as internal web pages, printers, and other shared devices. Click here for network login instructions.

            Site Map

            Campus Maps can be found here: https://www.mbl.edu/about/campus-facilities-resources/campus-maps