ICAR XI 2023 is the normally biannual International Conference of Aeolian Research supported directly by the International Society of Aeolian Research.

The International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR) began in the 1980s with a small international cohort of aeolian enthusiast and grew into a regularly organized event to pull together scientists in wind-blown studies. The conference maintains a workshop atmosphere with only one common session throughout the week as well as full day field trip halfway through.


ICAR prioritizes the health and safety of all attendees. All conference activities are viewed through this priority. Security and medical staff provided by the convention center are present for all activities at the convention center. We will monitor COVID-19 leading up to and during the conference and communicate any decisions around this activity to participants. We will follow the US’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines during the conference. ICAR will NOT require proof of vaccination, but we strongly recommend all attendees get their vaccinations prior to attending. We do NOT anticipate requiring masks at the event, but encourage people to wear masks for indoor events as part of best practices for safety. Be prepared for HOT weather. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen and maintain proper hydration.

ICAR Code of Conduct

To participate in the meeting attendees must agree to the ICAR Code of Conduct. The code of conduct has the following tenets:

  1. Be respectful of everyone.
  2. Respect intellectual property by asking permission to record speakers, posters, or conversations.
  3. Recognize and respect differing perspectives by listening, communicating openly and civilly, and challenging ideas and not people.
  4. Be mindful of your tone, phrasing, and position when conversing.
  5. Be intentionally inclusive by welcoming diversity of individuals, identities, and ideas.
  6. Stop unwelcomed behaviors when asked.

The conference leadership reserves the right to expel anyone not in compliance with these tenets or engaged in any behavior deemed outside of the intent, goals, and character of the conference. Examples of unwelcomed behavior include criminal offenses, making comments that are interpreted as biased, demeaning, coercive, harassing, or hostile, bullying, personal attacks, disallowing or disrupting participation by others, comments on appearance, unwelcomed physical contact or touch, threats of violence or abuse. Report concerns to conference leadership.


Las Cruces sits in the Rio Grande rift valley in the Chihuahuan Desert of the southwest United States, at latitude 32 degrees north, approximately 60 km north of the border with Mexico.

It has the typical hot and arid climate of the region.

Weather in Las Cruces during the conference will be EXTRMELY HOT!

Hydrating at a higher rate than you are used to will be essential. Heat stroke is very easily a result of poor planning and unfamiliarity of the conditions.

Sun and UV exposure will be high, and wearing sunscreen is recommended. Winds are expected to be low during this time of year rarely exceeding 8 mph (3.5 m/s) for transport events, although thunderstorm-related haboobs are possible. Temperatures are expected to be an average high of 96 °F (35 °C) and an average low of 71 °F (21 °C). Skies in July are typically clear to partly cloudy with a 20% daily chance of rain in the form of afternoon and evening thunderstorms associated with the North American monsoon. The monsoon creates somewhat higher humidity and can increase the perceived temperatures.

Las Cruces Weather
Las Cruces, US
8:58 am, July 11, 2024
temperature icon 26°C
clear sky
Humidity 44 %
Pressure 1016 mb
Wind 4 mph
Wind Gust: 6 mph
Visibility: 0 km
Sunrise: 6:08 am
Sunset: 8:16 pm


Lead Organizer

Name: Ryan C. Ewing

Affiliation:  Texas A&M University

Areas of expertise: Dunes and bedforms, planetary, paleoenvironments


Name: MacKenzie Day

Affiliation: University of California Los Angeles

Areas of expertise: Sedimentary processes on Earth and other planets

Name: Brandon Edwards

Affiliation: USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range

Areas of expertise: Sediment transport processes, wind erosion and dust emission, aeolian-vegetation interactions

Name: Tom Gill

Affiliation: University of Texas at El Paso

Areas of expertise: Dust emission processes

Name: James King

Affiliation: Université de Montréal

Areas of expertise: sediment transport processes, aeolian-vegetation dynamics, cold-climate processes

Name: Christy Swann

Affiliation: Naval Research Laboratory

Areas of expertise: Sand transport dynamics on Earth and other planets

Name: Scott Van Pelt

Affiliation: USDA

Areas of expertise: Rangeland wind erosion, tracing soil redistribution rates

Conference Ambassadors

Have a question about ICAR? Contact one of our ICAR Ambassadors below to know more!

The role of the ambassador is two-fold: 1) To be a friendly face that you can ask questions about the conference logistics and details; and 2) To report any infrigments on the policy and guidlelines that all attendees have agreed to as part of their registration

In the case that you prefer to report anonymously an infringement of the ICAR conference policies or otherwise some behavious that you feel is not appropriate, you can also fill out the form below that is sent to the ICAR Ambassadors to act upon swiftly and carefully according to the conference policies and guidelines:


Lauren Berger, PhD student at Texas A&M University, lauren.m.berger@tamu.edu

Andrew Gunn, Assistant Professor, Monash University, a.gunn@monash.edu

Kashauna Mason, PhD student at Texas A&M University, kgmason@tamu.edu

Christy Swann, Research Scientist, NRL, swann@r-coast.com