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GW1829: Geophysical Methods for Permafrost Characterization and Monitoring
August 6-8, 2014, Fairbanks, Alaska

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This three-day workshop will provide an overview of geophysical methods for permafrost characterization (i.e., depth, thickness, spatial extent) and monitoring (i.e., time-lapse imaging).

The course comprises lectures, data-analysis exercises, and field surveys. Participants will gain practical field experience using a variety of geophysical instruments, including

Participants will analyze field data and gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-practice software for data processing and visualization.

Who should attend?

The target audience for the course includes hydrologists, engineers, environmental scientists, and geologists interested in geophysical methods for characterization of permafrost. No prior experience with geophysical methods is required. The course is open to USGS, other Federal agency, State, and University personnel or students.

Who is teaching the course?

Instructors include scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL):

Registration instructions:

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Course Registration Deadline: July 18, 2014

All interested attendees are encouraged to contact Fred Day-Lewis ( or 860.487.7402 x21) about their interest in the course. However, registration applications are required in order to be considered. Space is limited.

Please see the registration instructions below.

USGS Personnel:

USGS personnel should follow the DOI Learn registration instructions in the USGS course announcement [35KB DOCX].

University Students:

University students are encouraged to contact Fred Day-Lewis ( or 860.487.7402 x21) before applying for the course. Students will will also need to complete an application to attend the course [PDF].

Tuition abatement is available for a limited number of students enrolled in accredited universities. Interested students should send

  1. CV of less than 3 pages and
  2. letter describing how the course fits supports their research goals.

Send the materials to:

Dr. Fred Day-Lewis (
U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Groundwater, Branch of Geophysics
11 Sherman Place, Unit 5015
University of Connecticut
Storrs Mansfield, CT 06269

Other Federal Agency, State, and Cooperator Personnel:

Other Federal, State, and cooperator personnel should apply following the instructions in the course announcement [30KB DOCX].

Additional Requirements:

Attendees are requested to bring a laptop computer with administrative rights for loading data analysis software. Participants should have appropriate footwear and clothing for the field day.

For more information:

For additional information, please contact Fred Day-Lewis ( or 860.487.7402 x21).

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