18th International Conference
on Ground Penetrating Radar

June 14 – 19, 2020
Golden, Colorado USA


The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for sharing knowledge through presentations. The Conference plans to accept submittals for oral presentation and for poster presentation. Please refer to the schedule presented below for information relating to important dates for the submittal and review process.

An initial abstract of each presentation, either oral or poster, must be submitted for review and acceptance. Upon acceptance of an abstract, an extended abstract will be required. Upon review, an extended abstract may be determined to require additional editing and/or modification before final publication; therefore, a final extended abstract may be required. Such editing may be performed by technical editors associated with the Conference, or the abstract may be returned to the author(s) for incorporation of reviewer comments. If an extended abstract is determined to be completely acceptable for publication, no final version will be required. Please note that extended abstracts are required for all presentations — oral or poster — made at the Conference.

The actual presentation materials, for either oral or poster presentations, will not be submitted for review or approval.

Topics for Presentations

Presentations in the following areas are invited:

Climate change: will focus on studies exploring any aspect of climate change and how GPR can help understanding its dynamics, from glaciers and ice-sheets, to carbon-rich ecosystems, to sea-level rise. [Leader: Hans-Peter Marshall; Boise State; hpmarshall@boisestate.edu]

Biogeosciences: will focus on studies exploring the interactions between biological and geological processes, whether imaging the spatial and temporal variability in microbial processes within the subsurface, monitoring of biogenic fluxes, studies exploring the connection between above and belowground biomass (i.e. trees vs. roots), or studies related to bioremediation. [Leader: Xavier Comas; FAU; xcomas@fau.edu]

Hydrogeophysics: will focus on the development and application of GPR methods to estimate hydrological properties and to monitor hydrological processes over a variety of conditions (i.e. porous or fractured media, unsaturated and saturated environments), and its response to contaminants. [Leader: George Tsoflias; KU; tsoflias@ku.edu]

Geology/Sedimentology/Geomorphology: will focus on studies using GPR to better understand the relation between surface landforms and their subsurface stratigraphy/expressions, as well as the processes inducing their formation and evolution (e.g. coastal, fluvial, aeolian). [Leader: Harry Jol; Wisconsin-Eau Claire; jolhm@uwec.edu]

Engineering/Infrastructure: will focus on studies using GPR to inspect and image (both spatially and over time) any infrastructure whether above or belowground. This may include building walls, roads, utilities, tunnels, bridges, etc… [Leader: Johannes Hugenschmidt; Rapperswil University of Applied Science; johannes.hugenschmidt@hsr.ch]

Planetary Sciences: will focus on studies investigating the subsurface structure of bodies and planets in the Solar System, whether directly or by using terrestrial analogues. [Leaders: Nathaniel Putzig / Becky Ghent; Mines; nputzig@mines.edu / rghent@psi.edu]

Archaeology: will focus on studies using GPR to investigate archaeological sites, such as locating and mapping of sensitive cultural resources. [Leader: Larry Conyers; Denver; lconyers@du.edu]

Cryosphere: will focus on studies using GPR to investigate any aspect of the cryosphere, from glaciers, to permafrost, and whether related to the characterization of the internal structure, processes and dynamics of the cryosphere. [Leader: Dan McGrath; CSU; daniel.mcgrath@colostate.edu]

Methods: will focus on any methodological aspects of the GPR technique, from design, to implementation and including data processing. [Leader: Anja Klotzsche; Jülich; a.klotzsche@fz-juelich.de]

Forensic: will focus on studies related to forensic research, including cemetery case studies, mass-grave detection, and investigations to assist police and law enforcement, i.e., clandestine burials or crime-scene investigations. [Leader: Brian Damiata; UCLA; damiata@ucla.edu]

Drones: will focus on studies and preliminary datatsets using GPR mounted on drones for any specific application. [Leader: Per Westholm; Guidelinegeo; per.westholm@guidelinegeo.com]

Educational: will focus on studies using GPR for educational purposes such as teaching and showcasing the methodology and its applications. [Leaders: Sarah Kruse/Charly Bank; USF/Toronto; skruse@usf.edu / bank@es.utoronto.ca]

Security infrastructure: will focus on studies using GPR for security, emergency measures or military applications: i.e. search and rescue, intrusion detection, UXO and landmines, etc. [Leader: Phil Reppert; National Energy Technology Laboratory; Philip.Reppert@netl.doe.gov]

General submissions: will focus on any other studies using GPR that will not fit into any of the categories above. [Leader: Adam Mangel; Mines; amangel@mines.edu]

Initial Abstracts

Initial abstracts shall be submitted as Portable Document Format (.pdf) computer files. An initial abstract shall not exceed 1,500 characters — including title — in length and shall not contain images, graphs, tables, or any other content that is not plain text. No particular structure or appearance of the initial abstract is required. Please see the Submittal of Documents section below for instructions for submitting initial abstract files. At the time of submittal, the submitter can state a preference for the type (oral, poster, or either) of the presentation; however, the Conference organizers may choose a different presentation type.

Initial abstracts must be sumitted no later than November 30, 2019.

Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts shall be submitted as Portable Document Format (.pdf) computer files. The extended abstract within the file shall be "camera-ready"; that is, it shall be complete, properly formatted, and ready in all respects to be directly included in the published abstract compilation. Each extended abstract shall be constructed/formatted in strict accordance with a specified template that will be available for download from this website. Extended abstracts shall not exceed 4 pages in length. Please see the Submittal of Documents section below for instructions for submitting extended abstract files.

Submittal of Documents

All abstracts shall be submitted to the Conference staff through a web-based Document Management System (DMS) whose address is:


Persons wanting to submit documents for the Conference should visit the website listed above and create an account. Those who create an account for use in submitting an initial abstract must use that account's credentials to access the DMS for subsequent submittals. Do not create more than one account on the DMS; a submitter must use the same DMS account for all submittals.

While it is not required that the person submitting documents is an author of the documents, all communication from the Conference staff concerning a document will be directed to the person who submits the document (the account holder). If the submitter/account holder is not also an author, it is the responsibility of the submitter to forward correspondence from the DMS to at least one author of the document.

For questions about document submission or for help with the Document Management System, please contact the Conference staff using the contact information available here.

Attendance of Conference

At least one author of each accepted presentation must register for and attend the Conference and must present the information covered by the abstracts at the Conference in accordance with the applicable presentation schedule.

Important dates for abstract submissions

July 2019Call for abstracts
November 30, 2019Initial abstracts due
December 2019Accepted abstract notification
February 2020Extended abstracts due
March 2020Accepted extended abstract notification
May 2020Final extended abstracts due
June 14, 2020GPR 2020 opens
June 19, 2020GPR 2020 ends