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DAY 1NameTitleSession
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Cerimony
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Freysteinn Sigmundsson The link between stress accumulation at the North-American Eurasian Plate boundary in Iceland and episodic rifting: The 2014-2015 dike formation, gradual caldera collapse and major effusive eruption in the Bárordunga Volcanic System 1
11:30 - 11:45 Halfdan Pascal Kierulf Intra plate deformations in Arctic and Fennoscandia 1
11:45 - 12:00 Marianne Metois Dynamics of the Balkans deformation: regional impact of the western hellenic subduction-collision transition 1
12:00 - 12:15 Andrea Walpersdorf Deformation pattern of the Western Alps from two decades of campaign and permanent GNSS measurements 1
12:15 - 12:30 Alexandra Muntean Monitoring Crustal deformation in Romania by continuous GNSS Measurements 1
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 14:45 Machiel Bos Automatic offset detection using HECTOR 1
14:45 - 15:00 Haluk Ozener New Homogeneous Velocity Field in Turkey 1
15:00 - 15:15 João D'Araujo Plate movements determined from 9 years of continuous GNSS measurements in Azores 1
15:15 - 15:30 Christian Sue Active deformations of the Jura arc inferred by GPS and seismotectonics 1
15:30 - 15:45 Marko Pavasovic Latest Study of Adriatic microplate over the territory of Republic of Croatia 1
15:45 - 16:00 Eduard Llie Nastase 2013-2016 GPS Campaigns study of Seismic swarm recorded in NW Galati, Romania 1
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 18:00 Poster Session


DAY 2NameTitleSession
09:00 - 09:15 Stephanie Dumont Magma influence on propagation of normal faults: Evidence from cumulative slip profiles along Dabbahu-Manda-Hararo rift segment (Afar, Ethiopia) 1
09:15 - 09:30 Luisa Bastos The Azores TANGO GNSS network: from 1988 to present 1
09:30 - 09:45 David Mencin Shallow and deep creep events observed and quantified with strainmeters along the SAF in Parkfield and the NAF in the Marmara 1
09:45 - 10:00 João D'Araujo Deformation in S. Miguel Island, Azores, from yearly campaign observations (2012-2015) 1
10:00 - 10:15 Alexey Kiryukhin Geomechanical interpretation of local seismic concerning activity of Tolbachik, Koryaksky and Avachinsky volcanoes of Kamchatka in 2008-2012 1
10:15 - 10:30 Joshua D. Kent Analysis of subsidence using continuous GPS observations across the north-western Gulf of Mexico 1
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Cecile Lassere Exploring the relationships between present-day fault behavior and long-term fault properties 2
11:30 - 11:45 David Sandwell Direct measurement of seismic moment accumulation rate from space geodesy 2
11:45 - 12:00 Marianne Metois Interseismic coupling, megathrust earthquakes and seismic swarms along the chilean subduction zone (30º-18ºS) 2
12:00 - 12:15 Tim Craig Time-varying deformation and seismicity in stable continental interiors 2
12:15 - 12:30 Anais Marechal Impact of the Yakutat indentor corner on present-day tectonics and fault activity in SE Alaska - SW Yukon 2
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 14:45 Ian Hamling Exploring the seismic cycle: Observations of co-and postseismic deformation from around New Zealand 2
14:45 - 15:00 Mathilde Marchandon Coseismic source model improvement inverting near-field geodetic data in addition to traditional far-field geodetic data 2
15:00 - 15:15 Andrea Walpersdorf Interaction between deep and shallow deformation related to the 2013 Okhotsk earthquake, Kamchatka 2
15:15 - 15:30 Rita Carmo Palaeoseismology in volcanic environments and its implications for seismic hazard assessment - the São Miguel Island case study 2
15:30 - 15:45 Eric J. Fielding Coseismic and posseismic deformation from 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake in Baja California: Lithospheric structure and deformation in the Salton Trough 2
15:45 - 16:00 Paul Lundgren Groundwater withdrawal in the Central Valley, California: implications for San Andreas Fault stressing and lithosphere rheology 2
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 Charles Meertens International collaborations in geodesy advancing geoscience research: Earths response to loads 3
17:00 - 17:15 Kristel Chanard Global horizontal and vertical elastic response of the Earth to seasonal hydrology derived from GRACE 3
17:15 - 17:30 Matthias Becker Strapdown airborne gravimetry for local geoid determination 3
17:30 - 17:45 Sajad Tabibi Sea level retrieval using GNSS multipath reflectometry 3
17:45 - 18:00 N. Ramanujam Geophysical Mapping of Existence of Syn-Orogenic Extension and Contraction Structural Features In South Andaman Island, India 1


DAY 3NameTitleSession
09:00 - 09:15 Joern Lauterjung Implementation of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) 4
09:15 - 09:30 Sara Bruni Co-locations on-board GNSS satellites for the realization of the ITRF 4
09:30 - 09:45 Ambrus Kenyeres Integration of the European CORS Network SINEX products to serve Geodetic and Geophysical Needs 4
09:45 - 10:00 Pedro Gabriel Almeida Contributes on Remote Location of Continuous Operating Equipment 4
10:00 - 10:15 Maria Neves Sources of ongoing deformation in Iberia inferred from stress and strain rate models 1
10:15 - 10:30 Rui Fernandes Intra- and Inter-tectonic motions of the African continent 1
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Jean-Philippe Montillet Estimation of offsets in GPS time series and application to the detection of earthquake deformation in the far-field 5
11:30 - 11:45 Anna Klos A new approach to post-seismic decay with temporal correlation 5
11:45 - 12:00 Giuliana Rossi Slow transient signal at Adria plate N-boundary and relationship with deep fluid mobilization 5
12:00 - 12:15 Joshua D. Kent Examining localized subsidence measured in the vicinity of New Orleans, Lousiana, derived from high resolution InSAR 5
12:15 - 12:30 Anne Socquet An 8-month slow slip event triggers progressive nucleation of the 2014 Chile megathrust 5
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 14:45 Ian Hamling Eruptions and magmatic intrusions: Insights from the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand 6
14:45 - 15:00 Stephanie Dumont Constraints on the plumbing system feeding the 2014-2015 fissure eruption at Holuhraun (Iceland) inferred from a multi-disciplinary approach 6
15:00 - 15:30 Closing Cerimony
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - ... WEGENER Board Meeting


Posters Session
Name Title
Aline Deprez EPOS-GNSS: Prototype solution in double difference from CNRS-UGA analysis center
Jun Okada Tectonic and volcanic deformation at S. Miguel Island, Azores, revealed by continuous and campaign GPS analysis
Haluk Ozener Afterslip, steady creep, quiescence, and creep events on the Ismetpasa segment of the North Anatolian fault
Mathilde Marchandon Earthquake sequence in the NE Lut, Iran: Observations from multiple space geodesy techniques
Christian Sue Long-Lasting wrenching tectonism in the Fuegian Andes: An Overview
Halfdan Pascal Kierulf EPOS-Norway: Enhancing the solid Earth Observations System in Arctic
João D'Araujo Establishment of an integrated automatic system for GNSS data analysis in Azores
Paul Crocker Data synchronization for EPOS
Susana Garcia Espada An Atlantic Network of Geodynamic and Space Stations (project RAEGE)
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Scientific Sessions

Scientific Sessions:


Scientific Committee:

  • Haluk Ozener (Turkey)
  • Luisa Bastos (Portugal)
  • Mathias Becker (Germany)
  • Machiel Bos (Portugal)
  • Ludwig Combrinck (South Africa)
  • Tonie Van Dam (Luxembourg)
  • Rui Fernandes (Portugal)
  • Teresa Ferreira (Portugal)
  • Mustapha Meghraoui (France)
  • Rob Reilinger (U.S.A.)
  • Tim Wright (United Kingdom)
  • Susanna Zerbini (Italy)

Local Organising Committee:

  • Rui Fernandes (UBI)
  • Machiel Bos (IDL)
  • Marlene Antunes (SR-Azores)
  • Teresa Ferreira (UAc-CIVISA)
  • Hugo Valentim (UBI)
  • Rafael Couto (UBI)

Session 1: Current Plate Motions, Inter and Intraplate Deformation with a Focus on Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East

We look for geodetic, geophysical and geologic studies focused on plate motions and how they relate to elements in the deforming zones inter- and intra-plates, like faults, slip, great earthquakes, and mountains and rifts generated by active deformation.
Among many questions, we seek answers for:
How do the estimates of plate motions from different techniques compare?
What fraction of plate motion is being taken up by elastic strain that will be released in earthquakes?
Do the estimation of the velocity of the stations improve significantly in the recent years with the use of other GNSS constellations besides GPS, improved orbits, better models?
Although we are particularly interested on the plate boundary between Eurasia and Nubia, we invite contributions for any active deformation zone in the globe.

Session 2: Continental Faulting and Earthquake Cycle

Recent large seismic events in either subduction zones, oceanic transform or continental faults have been the subject of multidisciplinary studies using seismic waveforms, geodetic (GPS and InSAR) and geologic investigations (field, airborne and satellite investigations of fault ruptures, geomorphology, and palaeoseismolgy). At the same time, improvements in the quantity and quality of geodetic observations are allowing us to improve our understanding of the earthquake deformation cycle. Thanks to this new wealth of data the complex nature of seismotectonic structures at plate boundaries is unravelled, helping us improve our understanding of the role of earthquake ruptures in accommodating regional deformation, and to constrain physical models of fault-scale and regional-scale deformation.
The aim of this session is to present updated results from seismogenic faults at all types of plate boundary,to discuss methods of integrating geodetic results with those from different disciplines, and to explore the implications for our understanding of faulting and the mechanics of lithospheric deformation. We particularly encourage submission of abstracts on the relationship of fault complexity to the occurrence of large earthquake ruptures, the measurements and modelling of the active deformation at regional or fault scales, and on crust/lithosphere deformation processes along plate boundary zones, and those that link present-day observed deformation with longer-term geological processes.


Session 3: Elastic surface displacements, surface and satellite  gravity observations, global and regional sea-level change

Changes in environmental mass on the surface of the Earth and within the subsurface sedimentary layers load and displace the Earth’s surface that can be measured with a number of geodetic techniques.  This session will focus on:

  • advancements in determining the loads themselves through inversion of observational data;
  • trends in the changing surface displacements and hence loads;
  • models that estimate these signals;
  • new Earth models that govern the amplitude of the loading effects.

In addition, sea level has been recognized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) as one of the 50 Essential Climate Variables, which are key for advancing climate research and for supporting decision makers in public and private sectors. This session will also focus on:

  • improved physical understanding of the sea-level components;
  • the relevance and contribution of space geodetic techniques for observing and quantifying ice-sheet dynamical changes and sea level change.


Session 4: Data and infrastructures, Instrumentation & Co-location for continuous monitoring of the changing Earth

Collocation of astronomical, timing, geodetic, meteorological, geophysical and oceanography equipment provide synergistic applications and scientific opportunities which otherwise would not be possible. This is exemplified by observatories where the four main space geodesy techniques (VLBI, SLR, GNSS, DORIS) are collocated, as these sites are typically used to constrain global solutions of the ITRF. The constrained solutions and combinations of the results of the independent techniques require very accurate site ties and it is currently expected that the inter-technique offset vectors between reference points of each technique be accurately measured to within 1 mm. Similar requirements are expected of smaller installations such as the tie between a tide gauge collocated with a GNSS receiver.
Collocation of equipment creates unique challenges for data and infrastructure requirements, especially when sites are remote and local connectivity is not available and other resources (GPRS, satellite link etc.) need to be utilized. The provision of adequate power, security and often complicated logistics lead to a challenging environment for collocation projects.
At the same time new earth-observation techniques such as InSAR and Lidar are about to create an enormous amount of new types of freely available data and products, e.g. by the EU Copernicus program.  In combination with the classical space techniques they widen the applications of space and open new approaches for the geosciences. Therefore the need for an infrastructure to make data from multi-technique and multidisciplinary observation networks accessible and easy to use will be essential for future research. It has to be supplemented by geological data repositories, virtual data gained from numeric modelling and simulation, and experimental data with tools to provide products for the study of the changing Earth and natural hazards.
For this session, we invite papers that address both topics.  On the one hand we need to address the complexities, challenges, technical solutions and implementations of collocated stations which are installed for continuous monitoring of the Earth. On the other hand, we have to consider the development and design of the infrastructures that provide sustainable access and usage of the wealth of information provided by a unified approach to Earth observation and geodetic techniques.

Session 5: Transient signals in Geodetic Time Series: detection and modeling

Geodetic time series cover a wide frequency spectrum of the Earth surface deformation, from the secular motion down to seismic waves. Nonetheless, the precise quantification of small deformation at different time scales remains challenging because of the superimposition of signals coming from different physical processes with geodetic artifacts like offsets, outliers and any mismodelling of the geodetic observable.
This session welcomes any contribution related to new methodology related to geodetic time series such as improved analysis techniques and detection of transient signals such as those caused by post-seismic relaxation. The session also invites contributions on modelling of the physical processes related to the time dependent deformation.


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Abstract Submission

Follow the following steps in order to submit your abstract for the 2016 Wegener conference. Abstract deadline is June 15th.

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General info


 Hotel Açores Atlântico at Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal


Key Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2016
  • Abstract acceptance information: 15 July 2016
  • Early-bird registration deadline: 15 July 2016
  • Conference days: 12 - 15, September 2015


Gala Dinner:


Field Trip (15 September): - Full Day Lagoa do Fogo and Furnas

Departure from the Hotel at 09:00, this tour will drive by the city of Lagoa, on the south side of the island, to Lagoa do Fogo situated on Barrosa Mountain. We will stop on the top of the mountain to enjoy the view. The tour will continue to drive down to the north side of the island, until we will arrive at the main viewpoint overlooking Lagoa do Fogo and stop to admire not only the beautiful and quiet lake but also the landscape of its surroundings. 

The tour will then drive onwards, down to the city of Ribeira Grande, on the water front and which happens to have the greatest number of buildings with baroque architecture from the XVII and XVIII centuries on the island of São Miguel. A stop in the city center for a short break is the next highlight of the tour.

After the short stop, the drive will continue, on the north side of the island until we reach the Belvedere of Santa Iria, from where we can view a great extension of the north coast with its cliffs and indentations. The view from Santa Iria offers quite an interesting perspective of the landscape of the northern coastline of São Miguel. Next, and still on the north side of the island, the tour continues to the Tea Plantations, at Gorreana. The tour will stop here so that we can see the tea bushes, on terraces as well to visit the oldest tea factory on the island, which has been in production since 1883. After this visit, the tour will drive through Achada das Furnas, a plateau full of pastures; until we reach the Belvedere of Pico do Ferro. From this lookout point, we can observe the biggest and oldest volcanic crater on the island, at the bottom of which lies Furnas Lake as well as its thermal springs and fumaroles within what is known as Furnas Valley. This valley is one of the richest mineral water centres of the world, with about 22 different kinds of mineral-medicinal waters. The tour will descend to Furnas valley where lunch will be served. 

After lunch, the tour continues and includes a short trip through the beautiful and Romantic Park of Terra Nostra where we will see a thermal pool nestled in a luxurious botanic garden. The tour continues in the Furnas valley, allowing the opportunity to admire the “Caldeiras” (sulfataras), which are an excellent and singular example of one of the world’s very singular volcanic phenomena and the most important of its kind in the Azores. The return to Ponta Delgada will be along the south coast, to Vila Franca do Campo (the first capital of the island) where a short stop will be made. The drive back will continue along the south coast, driving by Agua D’Alto and Populo beaches. Estimated time of arrival at Ponta Delgada is at 17h30.