Workshop on Advancing Integrative Volcanology with Community Experiments

Summary: Two-day U.S. National Science Foundation supported workshop focused on interdisciplinary community volcano experiments

Purpose: Continued advancement in fundamental geoscience demands substantial and coordinated investment in new observational scales and integrative approaches. As a result, community projects with open-access data and software have seen increasing use among the U.S. National Science Foundation geoscience community. In parallel, recent community reports on volcanology and subduction zone processes (ERUPT, SZ4D, USGS) highlight many challenges and opportunities in volcano science that demand increased community coordination. However, volcano science has seen relatively limited use of the community project mechanism, making this inherently interdisciplinary field particularly well-poised for rapid advance if new initiatives are developed.


To address these aims this NSF-supported workshop will gather members of the broad volcanology community to identify the most pressing questions that are best addressed through community projects and explore the merits of different models for community projects. Discussion and synthesis of recommendations for community projects will span strategies for coordinated multidisciplinary observations, effective incorporation of education and training opportunities, and development of community frameworks to foster integrative volcanology research. The workshop will include plenary sessions to motivate and focus discussions, goal-oriented breakout group discussions, lightning talks, and poster presentations.


Opportunities for remote participation:

1) Submission of white papers prior to the workshop. The program committee will make a merged compilation of the white papers openly available prior to the workshop and use them to help shape topics/goals for specific discussion session at the workshop. White papers will only be accepted up to October 15th, 2018. White papers should be <=2 pages and submitted in PDF format (file size <20 MB) by email to bschmandt at unm dot edu.

2) Web-based remote viewing of the plenary presentations and lightning talks at the workshop. Details on remote viewing will be updated by early November.

Dates: November 28-29 (full days) and 30 (morning only), 2018


Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Downtown Albuquerque, NM


Support: Travel support is available for about 50 U.S. participants. Applications for travel support are due by September 28th, 2018. The submission website will be available starting September 4th. Applicants will be notified of their travel support status by October 8th.  Travel support for domestic participants will include up to $500 for air & ground transportation and up to 3 nights of accommodations at the hotel hosting the workshop. Willingness to share double rooms is encouraged to maximize the number of supported participants.    


Un-supported participants: Individuals seeking to participate without travel support must still register by October 15th. The number of unsupported participants will be capped based on space limitations at the meeting facility. Un-supported participants are eligible for the group rate for hotel rooms ($114 per night plus tax & including breakfast) and will be charged a $60 registration fee to contribute to facility rental costs and on-site meals during the workshop.


The time window for applications to participate has closed (as of 9/29). The number of applications received exceeded the capacity for travel support and the workshop facility. Applicants will receive notification of their application status on or before October 8th.

Basic Agenda (time details TBA):

November 28th & 29th - full day starting at 8 am and including an evening session. There will be an onsite lunch and break for dinner.

November 30th - morning session starting at 8 am and adjourning by noon.


Plenary sessions and confirmed speakers:


Session 1 - Grand challenges in volcanology that could be addressed through community projects

          Bruce Houghton (University of Hawaii at Manoa)


Session 2 - Observational limits that community projects could seek to address

          Kari Cooper (UC Davis)

          Diana Roman (Carnegie Institute of Washington) 

          Angie Diefenbach (USGS) 


Session 3 - How can community projects accelerate advances in integrated physical models of volcanic processes?

          Kyle Anderson (USGS)

          Amanda Clarke (Arizona State University)


Session 4 - Potential designs and strategies for community projects in integrated volcanology

          Terry Plank (Columbia University/LDEO)

          Michael Poland (USGS)


Session 5 - Resources for fostering integrative research with multi-format open-access data sets

          Kerstin Lehnert (Columbia University/LDEO)


Brandon Schmandt & Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico)

Michelle Coombs (USGS AVO)

David Fee (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Esteban Gazel (Cornell University)

Ronni Grapenthin (New Mexico Tech.)

Einat Lev (Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory)

Christelle Wauthier (Penn State University)