(By Invitation Only)

Jan 27 - 31, 2020 | Pasadena, CA, USA

Practical Information


The GEWEX SSG -32 Meeting will be held at:

Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Hameetman Auditorium
1216 E California Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91125


Caltech Campus visitors may park in any commuter (unreserved) stall on campus with a daily or weekly permit. Permits are required in all campus lots between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cahill is in close proximity (~50 m) to Caltech’s Parking Structure #3. Parking in Structure 3 requires a parking pass—of either the Caltech or visitor variety. Visitor parking passes can be obtained at various places around campus—the most convenient being the auto-kiosk at the SE corner of Structure 3.

For more information on Visitor Parking and costs click here


The preferred accommodation hotels are:

Courtyard by Marriot Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, California 91103

Room rate is $184 per night plus 15% Tax and Tourism Fee. The offer includes breakfast and daily shuttle service from the hotel to Cahill Center in the morning and the return trip in the afternoon at a fixed time from Monday to Friday.
Reservations can be made by using this LINK. This offer is valid until 8 January 2020. The name of the meeting is Book your group rate for GEWEX.

Courtyard by Marriot on Fair Oaks Ave is located 2.3 mi from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
For directions to the hotel click here.


Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
21 W Walnut St,
Pasadena, CA 91103

Room rate is $174 per night plus 15% Tax and Tourism Fee. The offer includes breakfast, free parking and “The Ri Mix”. The Ri Mix is hosted every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. From bites and premium brews to food trucks and more, the RI Mix has something for everyone.

Reservations can be made by using this LINK or by phone at 1(800) 331-3131 or (626) 204-9220. This offer is valid until 3 January 2020. The name of the meeting is GEWEX SSG 32 – Meeting at Caltech Room Block. If you’re planning for a stay outside the period Sunday 26 January – Friday 31 January 2020 please contact Jordan Tkocz either by email or by phone at +1 626-204-9223 directly.

Residence Inn by Marriott on Walnut St is located 2.4 mi from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
For directions to the hotel click here.

For Public Transportation from both hotels to Cahill Center use Metro Bus 177 and 267.

Whale Watching & Dolphin Tour and “No-Host” group dinner

On Wednesday 29 January 2020 in the afternoon we have organized a Whale Watching & Dolphin Tour followed by a “No-Host” group dinner. We will leave the Cahill Center around 13.30 hrs.
The Whale Watching & Dolphin Tour is a 2 1/2-hour excursion into the Pacific Ocean to search for Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions, and other Marine Life including rare Marine Birds starting from the dock at Long Beach (Ca). The cost is approximately $48 depending on group size, payable in cash on Monday 27 January 2020, and includes transportation.

The “No-Host” group dinner will be at “1810” Argentinean Restaurant. The Fixed price menu for $55 plus tax includes dinner, unlimited soft drinks, water, coffee/thee and max. 2 alcoholic beverages (choice of beer and house wine red/white) per person.

If you like to attend this group-outing and haven’t ticked the box on your registration form, please send us an email (


A foreign national traveling to the United States to conduct temporary business needs a visitor visa (B-1) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.

For more information on, or application for a visitor visa, click here.

Public Transportation

Metro Rail
The Metro Gold Line serves Pasadena and follows the 110 freeway and provides easy access to Downtown LA (DTLA), Arts District, Little Tokyo and East LA. Connections are easily made from Union Station in DTLA to the Red (Los Feliz, Hollywood), Purple (Koreatown), Blue (South LA), and Expo Lines (to USC and Culver City) and to Metrolink commuter train system and Amtrak (for longer distance travel).

The closest stations to campus for walking/biking to are the Metro Gold Line Lake Ave station, Del Mar Station and Fillmore Station. There is free bike and car parking at Del Mar station and free bike parking at Lake Station and Fillmore.

Metro Bus
The most popular local Metro bus services are:

180/181 Metro Local and Late Night goes between Hollywood, Glendale, and Pasadena via Los Feliz Blvd and Colorado Blvd
780 Metro Rapid goes between Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Hollywood/Vine, West Hollywood, Washington/Fairfax
264/267 goes to Altadena, Pasadena, Arcadia, and then Duarte or El Monte
485 Local & Express goes between Altadena, Pasadena (Lake Ave near Caltech), South Pasadena, Alhambra, Cal State LA, and Union Station in DTLA
686/687 Metro Local goes between Altadena and various locations in Pasadena
177 goes between JPL in La Canada Flintridge and Caltech in Pasadena
720 goes between Pershing Square and 7th St/Metro (Metro Red Line stops) in DTLA to Santa Monica

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