18th International Conference
on Ground Penetrating Radar

June 14 – 19, 2020
Golden, Colorado USA


GPR 2020 Abstracts Published and Available (Posted November 22, 2020)

We are pleased to announce that the expanded abstracts submitted for the 18th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2020) have been published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Although the Conference has been postponed until 2022, the abstracts are now available to all authors and co-authors who submitted expanded abstracts for the 2020 Conference.

An email, containing information about accessing the published abstracts, was sent on November 16, 2020 to all those who submitted abstracts that were accepted for the Conference. Authors were encouraged to share the email with their co-authors. Any authors or co-authors who have not received information about accessing the abstracts should contact Continuing and Professional Education Services at Learn@mines.edu for assistance.

Updated abstracts information (Posted April 22, 2020)

The GPR 2020 Conference staff has arranged with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) to publish abstracts that have been submitted for GPR 2020. Also, we have the following additional information regarding abstracts:

  1. If you have already submitted your expanded abstract(s), there is nothing further you need to do regarding your abstract(s) at this time.
  2. The abstract review will be simplified and consist of a single review without revision.
  3. Those who have already submitted an expanded abstract and wish to withdraw it can do so.

    To withdraw an abstract, visit this page on this website and look at the bottom of the page for the section titled How do I withdraw a submittal?

    Alternatively, you can send an email to Learn@mines.edu with the subject line containing "Withdrawal Request". In the email, be sure you have provided your name (as you entered it when you submitted the expanded abstract), the title of the abstract, and the reason for withdrawal. Conference staff will then withdraw the submittal for you.

  4. Those who have not submitted an expanded abstract will be able to do so until June 1, 2020.

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 expanded abstract will be required. Upon review, an expanded abstract may be determined to require additional editing and/or modification before final publication; therefore, a final expanded 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 expanded abstract is determined to be completely acceptable for publication, no final version will be required. Please note that expanded 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.

Having already received 200 abstract submissions, GPR 2020 looks to be one of the largest GPR conferences ever. To enable as much participation as possible, we will continue accepting initial abstracts until December 31, 2019. Please join us for this exciting event!

Expanded Abstracts

Expanded abstracts shall be submitted as Portable Document Format (.pdf) computer files. The expanded 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 expanded abstract shall be constructed/formatted in strict accordance with a specified template that is available for download from this website (see below). Expanded abstracts, including all references and illustrations, shall not exceed 4 pages in length, and the abstract file shall not be larger than 10MB. Please see the Submittal of Documents section below for instructions for submitting expanded abstract files.

Several resources are available to assist you in preparing your expanded abstract:

Note: The Word templates referenced above are Microsoft Word "forms" that show large gray areas. To install your content within an area, click on the area to highlight it and then enter your content.

Expanded abstracts MUST be submitted no later than 11:00 PM US Mountain Standard Time on June 1, 2020.

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.

Poster Presentations

All poster presentations should follow the instructions and recommendations contained in the poster instructions document that is available for download. Download instructions...

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.

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 December 31, 2019.

Important dates for abstract submissions

July 2019Call for abstracts
December 31, 2019Initial abstracts due
January 2020Accepted abstract notification
March 2020Expanded abstracts due (March 9, 2020)
April 2020Accepted expanded abstract notification
June 2020Final expanded abstracts due