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2022 SCEC Annual Meeting


2022 SCEC Annual Meeting

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is funded by cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to develop a comprehensive understanding of earthquakes in Southern California and elsewhere, and to communicate useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk and improving community resilience. Additional support for SCEC activities is provided by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and other partnerships.

We returned to Palm Springs on September 11-14th for the 2022 SCEC Annual Meeting!

The SCEC Science Planning Committee designed the program to showcase advances by SCEC and to strategize for the goals set forth for SCEC5 and beyond. The plenary sessions consisted of invited talks, followed by moderated discussions on each theme that engaged the community in the new efforts and initiatives by SCEC. Attendees provided input on potential future directions for the Center and shared their results and activities through poster presentations.

SCEC2022 was the first in-person annual meeting in three years. The meeting consisted mainly of in-person activities, with supplemental online features offered through the SCEC annual meeting platform to further facilitate connections and discussions between participants. During this meeting, we took precautions to suppress the spread of COVID, including requiring masks in the plenary and poster rooms, working with the venue to improve ventilation, and ensuring ample time each day for people to circulate and connect in outdoor spaces.

NOTE: All meeting times below are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT or UTC-7).

Sunday, September 11

10:00 - 16:00 SCEC Annual Meeting Check-In, Hilton Lobby
16:00 - 18:00 Session 1: State of SCEC and Distinguished Speaker
(Moderators: Greg Beroza, Tran Huynh). This session officially kicks off the annual meeting proceedings. After the SCEC Director’s “State of SCEC” address, agency representatives provide their perspectives on future directions relevant to the SCEC community. We will take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of SCEC members, and then close the session with the popular Distinguished Lecture.
18:30 - 20:00 Welcome Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 Quake Heroes Movie Screening, Horizon Ballroom
Moderator: Mark Benthien
This 55-minute film portrays how neighbors, firefighters, scientists, nurses, engineers and the media helped people in the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Through interviews, live-action reenactments, news footage, and SCEC animations and safety guidance, a very compelling and motivational story is told. Attendees are invited to this movie screening, and a brief discussion following the film.

Monday, September 12

07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast, Hilton Poolside
07:00 - 08:00 SCEC Transitions Program Breakfast ClubHilton Poolside
Navigating Post-Pandemic Networking: Join fellow students and early-career peers and learn from senior SCEC scientists from a range of fields and sectors who will share their thoughts on how to manage post-pandemic networking. Register for the event. Space is limited!
08:00 - 10:00 Session 2: Highlights of SCEC Accomplishments (Moderators: Judi Chester, Domniki Asimaki, Ned Field). This session will present “SCEC’s Greatest Hits” of 2022, including research accomplishments and highlights in communication, education and outreach. We will then engage the participants by providing an overview of SCEC Initiatives and Collaboration Planning—beginning the process of gathering input on the Center’s priorities and plans, and recruiting efforts that contribute to next year’s priorities. These discussions will continue throughout the annual meeting days.
11:00 - 13:00 Poster Group A
11:30 - 13:30 Box Lunches Available, Hilton Poolside
14:00 - 16:00
Session 3: Science Opportunities at the Statewide/Plate Boundary Scale (Moderators: Mike Oskin, Kate Scharer, Roland Burgmann). This session will highlight new opportunities, many of which are highlighted in the proposal, that are enabled through a broader geographical scope that includes most of the plate boundary—from the Walker Lane to the Borderlands, and from Mexico to Mendocino.
17:00 - 22:00 Poster Group A
18:30 - 20:00 Outdoor Dinner, Hilton Poolside


Tuesday, September 13

07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast, Hilton Poolside
08:00 - 10:00 Session 4: Earthquake Science, Technology, and Education in the 21st Century (Moderators: Alice Gabriel, Ramon Arrowsmith, Marine Denolle). This will be a broad session that highlights trends and new technologies in earthquake science and how they inform needs in workforce development, DEI, education, and earthquake response.
10:00 - 10:30 Poster Lightning Talks (Group B - Tuesday)
11:00 - 13:00 Poster Group B
11:30 - 13:30 Box Lunches Available, Hilton Poolside
14:00 - 16:00
Session 5: Faults—Loading and Response (Moderators: Nadia Lapusta, Tom Rockwell, Ahmed Elbanna). This session will explore how shear zones, damage zones, and inelastic deeper deformation/resistance/strength are expressed, how they influence the earthquake cycle, and how they influence the evolution of fault systems over time.
17:00 - 22:00 Poster Group B
18:30 - 20:00 Outdoor Dinner, Hilton Poolside

Wednesday, September 14

07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast, Hilton Poolside
08:00 - 10:00
Session 6: System-Level Models and Earthquake Forecasting (Moderators: Morgan Page, Max Werner, Junle Jiang). This session will cover how community models and the system-level modeling can be used to improve earthquake and ground motion forecasting.
11:00 - 13:00
Session 7: Computational Earthquake Science (Moderators: Zach Ross, Daniel Trugman, Arben Pitarka). This session will explore how methods in high-performance computing and data-intensive computing can be used across the broadest possible spectrum of earthquake science activities.
13:00 - 13:15 Closing Remarks (Yehuda Ben-Zion, Greg Beroza)
13:15 - 14:30 Box Lunches Available, Hilton Poolside

The Southern California Earthquake Center is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants. We take pride in fostering a diverse and inclusive SCEC community, and therefore expect all participants to abide by the SCEC Activities Code of Conduct.