Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface – Conference Begins Next Week

A five day conference entitled “Hawaiian Volcanoes: from Source to Surface”  begins next week in Waikoloa on the Big Island.

The registration for the conference is now closed but I look forward to hearing some of the findings from the conference.

The meeting will span five days, with Wednesday being reserved for optional field trips to various locations on the Island of Hawai’i. Each meeting day will include morning invited plenary talks, early afternoon contributed plenary talks, afternoon breakout discussions followed by a keynote address, and evening poster viewing. The meeting format is designed to maximize scientific discussion by providing numerous methods for attendees to engage one another.

In 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will mark the Centennial of its founding. This occasion provides an opportunity to review the state-of-the-art in understanding of how Hawaiian volcanoes work and to assess the most important problems requiring future research. The “Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface” Chapman Conference will include both invited and contributed talks, as well as contributed posters. Topical sessions will be organized to follow a packet of magma from its point of origin to the surface, with day-long discussions devoted to (1) magma origin and ascent; (2) magma storage and volcano evolution; (3) volcanic eruptions and degassing; and (4) the future of research into Hawaiian volcanism.

Specific conference objectives are to:

  • establish the state of current knowledge of Hawaiian volcanism across multiple disciplines and processes
  • explore how a better understanding of Hawaiian volcanoes can be applied to volcanoes elsewhere on Earth and other planets, and vice versa
  • identify the most important questions that should be the focus for future research into how Hawaiian volcanoes work
  • provide a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and new technologies/methodologies
  • stimulate the formation of multidisciplinary collaborations that will address key research questions
  • facilitate transfer of knowledge between scientists in different disciplines and career levels

In addition, conference attendees will be invited to contribute to a planned AGU monograph on Hawaiian volcanism that should serve as a resource for researchers for years to come.

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