Call for Papers

Fifth SIAM Conference on
Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences



March 24-27, 1999
Adam's Mark
San Antonio-Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas

Fifth SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences



Held jointly for the
 first time with the
Ninth SIAM Conference on
Parallel Processing
for Scientific Computing



Organizing Committee

Clint N. Dawson, Chair
University of Texas, Austin
Alain P. Bourgeat
Université St. Etienne, France
Robert L. Higdon
Oregon State University
Brent Lindquist
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Thomas F. Russell
University of Colorado, Denver
William W. Symes
Rice University
Hamdi Tchelepi
Chevron Petroleum Technology Co.
Hans van Duijn
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Joannes J. Westerink
University of Notre Dame
Steven B. Yabusaki
Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory

Conference Themes

The major themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Atmospheric Modeling

  • Earthquake Modeling
  • Parallel Computation
  • Flow and Transport in
    Porous Media
  • Multiscale Phenomena
  • Geophysics
  • Media Characterization
  • Surface Water and Ocean Modeling
  • Chemically Reactive Phenomena
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Optimization
  • Multiphysics Applications
  • Numerical Methods for Geoscience Applications

Dates to Remember

September 1, 1998-- Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals.
October 1, 1998-- Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers' 75-word abstracts.
October 1, 1998-- Deadline for submission of 75-word abstract for either a contributed lecture or poster presentation.

These are all firm dates.


The conference program, registration, hotel, and transportation information will be available on the Web at in November 1998.

Questions? E-mail

SIAM Conferences


Research in the fundamental understanding of physical processes related to the earth has seen increasing interest over the past few decades. The effects on the global economy and well-being of air and water pollution, earthquakes and weather events, and energy production are some of the forces driving this research.

Geoscience research requires interdisciplinary collaboration and the merging of mathematical modeling with experiments and theory. By bringing together engineers, mathematicians, computational scientists, and other researchers working in industry, government laboratories, and universities, meaningful progress can be made in understanding and predicting the complex physical phenomena in the geosciences.

The conference will be held jointly with the Ninth SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, with overlapping sessions planned to encourage interaction among participants of both meetings.

Invited Presentations

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following mathematicians and scientists have accepted their invitations to speak at the conference:

Nonlinear Effects on the Propagation Properties of Numerical Models of Geophysical Flow and Transport Processes
Alvaro Aldama, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Some Speculations About the Future of Reservoir Simulation
Khalid Aziz, Stanford University

Scale Dependent Model Concepts for Isothermal and Non-Isothermal Multiphase Processes in Heterogeneous Porous Media
Rainer Helmig, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany

Statistical and Dynamical Properties of Models of Earthquake Faults
William Klein, Boston University

Monitoring Subsurface Fluid Flow with Time-Lapse Seismic Data
David E. Lumley, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co.

The following invited speakers will give their presentations to a joint session of the two conferences:

NewRealistic Climate Modeling on US-Made High-End Parallel Computers: Formulations, Machine Considerations, and Results
Albert J. Semtner, Naval Postgraduate School and National Center for Atmospheric Research

Synthetic Environments for Modeling Subsurface and Surface Flows
Mary F. Wheeler, University of Texas, Austin

How to Contribute


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four related talks on a well-focused topic consistent with the conference themes. Each speaker will have 25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for audience questions. A number of minisymposia are being invited by the conference organizing committee to supplement the conference themes.

The organizing committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not exceeding 100 words) and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to

To obtain a minisymposium proposal form, please submit the Request Information Form, or e-mail your request to The form is also available on the World Wide Web at

Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

Contributions in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas of geosciences consistent with the conference themes. Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to Submissions must include a title, author(s) names and affiliations, and postal address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax of the submitting author. Accepted papers will be assigned by the organizing committee to either a lecture presentation or a poster. Contributors should indicate which format they prefer. A lecture consists of a 20-minute presentation, including time for discussion. A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids, such as 8.5" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board and will be presented in an informal setting that allows presenters to discuss their research with individual attendees. A poster board will be available at the conference for each poster presenter.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations an individual speaker may present in contributed sessions or minisymposia.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of either a minisymposium or contributed or poster presentation must submit a 75-word abstract to, using the LaTeX macro via the Web at The 75-word abstracts will appear in the final program.

Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

Authors will be notified as to whether or not their abstracts have been accepted by November 1, 1998.

About San Antonio

San Antonio is a great place to meet with your colleagues for a meeting. It is the ninth largest city in the U.S. It's cosmopolitan and progressive, and the people are as warm and welcoming as the climate. For business and vacation, San Antonio has something to offer for every taste, interest, and age. There are many colorful attractions, including The Alamo, Sea World of Texas, San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Market Square, missions and museums, and the world-famous River Walk on which the SIAM conference hotel is located.

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Created: 4/21/98; Updated: 10/29/98