Invited Sessions

Submission of proposals is open until 30th May 2014

To submit a proposal for an Invited Session, please send an email to with the following information:
  • Title
  • Scientific description (abstract)
  • Organizers (names, affiliations and contacts)
  • List of expected speakers (if available)

We expect that each Invited Session has at least 4 talks of 25 minutes each, and no more than 8 talks. For a larger number, please consider to submit multiple Invited Sessions.

Evaluation and notification will be made as soon as possible.

Note that Session Organizers have all the privileges of participants (namely, can give a talk) but have a reduced fee.

All speakers of Invited Sessions have to submit their abstract through our system by choosing the correct Session. If the session name is not yet available, please submit as a regular contribution and later on we will move it to the Session.

Invited Sessions (already approved)

Boundary Value Problems, Scattering, and Inverse Problems

  • S01A - Seismic Oceanography: a new tool to investigate the detailed thermohaline structure of the oceans
    organized by Luís Pinheiro & Berta Biescas

    Seismic Oceanography (SO) is an emerging discipline addressed to physical oceanography research from oceanic acoustic reflectivity data recorded with multichannel seismic reflection systems (MCS). These acoustic data provide detailed thermohaline information with lateral resolution 100 times higher the standard oceanographic probes and can provide high resolution imaging and new insights into important phenomena such as oceanic fronts, eddies, internal waves and staircases. SO is highly interdisciplinary, involving the application of MCS imaging techniques, inversion of geophysical data methods and the understanding of physical oceanographic processes. The invited talks of this session provide an overview of the state-of-the-art of SO as well as the mathematical tools used in the discipline, such as the statistical inversion methods, high resolution numerical simulations of the oceans dynamics and the adjoint full waveform inversion applications.

  • D01 - Discussion Session
    moderators: (to be announced)

Big Data, Simulation, and Data Mining

  • S04A - Modeling of terrestrial systems: integration of multiple source data, parameterization and forecasting
    organized by Harrie-Jan H.-Franssen

    Predictions with terrestrial system models, like the river discharge response to a rainfall event or the transport of contaminants in groundwater, are affected by systematic errors and uncertainty. It is important to eliminate these errors, reduce uncertainty of the predictions and reliably quantify the remaining model prediction uncertainty.
    This session focuses on improving predictions with terrestrial system models by improved model parameterization, conditioning to measurement data and improved characterization of uncertainty sources that affect model prediction. We are interested in predictions with subsurface hydrological models (groundwater and/or vadose zone), rainfall-runoff models, land surface models, integrated hydrological models, solute or energy transport models on the land or in the subsurface and models for biogeochemical cycles. Also contributions for other terrestrial system models are welcome. We are especially interested in contributions with new methodological developments (e.g., improved methods for (inverse) conditioning, data assimilation or uncertainty characterization), conditioning to novel data types (e.g., cosmic ray probe data as information on soil moisture contents) and simultaneous conditioning to multiple data types. This session welcomes real-world applications for improved model parameterization and uncertainty characterization and with a focus on independent verification of model predictions.

  • S06A - Earth as a complex system
    organized by Anna Carbone

    Our planet is a complex, dynamic system that comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways that need to be investigated and understood as a single integrated system. It is featured by phenomena and processes characterized by a wide range of a spatial and temporal scales rather than by a single scale. A scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes should be developed to improve our prediction of climate, weather, natural and manmade hazards.
    The invited session intends to gather together experts investigating Earth systems by using concepts and tools of complexity science. The ultimate scope is to shed light on the growing connections and interactions between the Earth system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, solid Earth), and anthroposphere (human-made systems such as, internet systems, power grids, air car and ships traffic) components, as opposed to the traditional disciplinary study of the individual components separately.
    Such processes are not deterministic and require to be modeled within a statistical theory context, including but not limited to fractal phenomena, deterministic chaos, complex networks approaches.
    Long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans require the development of new generations of sensing and visualizing tools with enough sensitivity to be able to detect and decode the inherent complexity of the Earth System.

  • S09A - Coastal modeling: hydrodynamics, morphodynamics and coastal structures
    organized by Carlos Coelho & Paulo Silva

    Modelling coastal processes is a difficult task, due to the complexity and variability of the phenomena involved. However, numerical models can help on understanding specific problems in coastal oceanography and coastal engineering, improving the knowledge on hydrodynamics, morphodynamics and coastal structures behavior. Moreover, numerical models allow predicting the behavior of the coastal system to changes in the forcing (e.g., atmosphere) at small and large time scales (e.g., climate changes) and are a fundamental tool in operational forecasting coastal systems. Common to all the numerical models, is the uncertainty on the values of some parameters which limit the accuracy of numerical solutions. Nowadays, complex numerical modelling systems are open to the research community and new approaches are emerging. Improvements can be achieved specifying adequate time steps to represent different actions, as the wave period (seconds), or the tide cycle (hours), proper dimensions of the mesh/grid to represent the area under study or by allowing the model to choose optimal values during a run.
    Thus, on this session, we invite the participants to present and discuss numerical models applications and/or improvements that can allow to characterize the coastal processes related to coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, wave transformation processes, storm surges, sediment transport mechanisms, coastal erosion and shoreline changes, and to the design of coastal and harbor structures, and its interaction with the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics.

  • S10A - Mathematical tools to diagnose and simulate the Atmosphere
    organized by Alfredo Rocha & José Castanheira

    This session invites contributions on all aspects of mathematical modelling and diagnosis of the atmospheric circulation at all time and space scales. Particularly welcome are papers on novel theoretical/idealized studies on meteorological phenomena and on modelling aspects of the coupling of the atmospheric circulation with other components of the Earth Climate System. We also welcome papers presenting new (or usually applied in other fields) statistical methodologies to diagnose the atmospheric phenomena.

  • D02 - Discussion Session
    moderators: (to be announced)

Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization

  • S07A - Networked robotic systems and sensors for ocean exploration
    organized by António Pascoal & João Tasso

  • D03 - Discussion Session
    moderators: (to be announced)

Stochastic and Statistics Analysis

  • S08A - Offshore Reservoirs Characterization
    organized by Amílcar Soares

    The main purpose of this session is to share experiences in innovative methods and new applications in offshore reservoirs characterization in the areas related with seismic data integration in reservoir modeling, seismic inversion, joint seismic and electromagnetic inversion, petroleum geostatistics, integration of dynamic production data in stochastic models, history matching and uncertainty analysis in reservoirs characterization.

  • D04 - Discussion Session
    moderators: (to be announced)