Invited Speakers

Aaron Pietruszka, San Diego State University
Andrew Harris, University Blaise Pascal
Bruce Houghton, University Hawaii Manoa
Dave Clague, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Dominique Weis, University of British Columbia
Don Depaolo, University of California, Berkeley
Donald Swanson, U.S. Geological Survey-HVO
Eleonora Rivalta, University of Hamburg
Garrett Ito, University Hawaii
James Moore, U.S. Geological Survey
Jim Dieterich, University of California, Riverside
Julia Morgan, Rice University
Marie Edmonds, University of Cambridge
Matt Patrick, U.S. Geological Survey-HVO
Matthew Jackson, Boston University
Nikolai Shapiro, Institut de Physique du Globe
Paul Segall, Stanford University
Peter Lipman, U.S. Geological Survey
Peter Shearer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Robert Tilling, U.S. Geological Survey
Sonia Calvari, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Sylvie Vergniolle, Institut de Physique du Globe
Tim Orr, U.S. Geological Survey-HVO

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The meeting will span five days, with Wednesday being reserved for optional field trips to various locations on the Island of Hawai’i (see below). 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.

Conference sessions will be organized so that, over the course of the week, participants will trace a packet of magma from its point of origin within the mantle, through ascent into subvolcanic storage reservoirs and plumbing systems, to transport towards the surface, and finally to eruption. The four meeting days will each be devoted to a different session topic.

Session 1: Magma origin and ascent (“Below the volcano”)

The session will discuss differing models of the Hawaiian hotspot and other ocean islands, and what new types of data and analyses are needed to better resolve current questions, such as:

  • What geochemical and geophysical data might be needed to determine the geometry of the hotspot source?
  • What are the characteristics of deep geochemical reservoirs over space and time?
  • How does magma ascend through the mantle?
  • What is the relation between deep seismicity and volatile exsolution?
  • What are the mechanisms for changes in melt generation over both short and long timescales?
  • What relation, if any, exists between the magma feeding systems of neighboring volcanoes?

Session 2: Magma storage and volcano evolution (“In the volcano”)

The session will address the characteristics of magma storage and transport, as well as the interaction between volcanic/magmatic and tectonic processes, with important questions including:

  • What are the volumes and geometries of subsurface magma reservoirs?
  • Over what time scale are particular magma reservoirs active?
  • Can rupture of a magma reservoir be predicted on the basis of geophysical data?
  • What are the timescales of magma storage and transport during long-term eruptions?
  • What are the characteristics of magmatic-tectonic and volcano-volcano interactions?
  • What aspects of basaltic magma storage are most important to identifying geothermal resources?
  • How do faults develop and evolve within ocean island volcanoes?

Session 3: Volcanic eruption and degassing (“Above the volcano”)

The extent to which we are able to successfully forecast the timing, size, and duration or eruptions is the ultimate affirmation of progress in the field of volcanology. Major questions related to eruptive processes include:

  • What factors modulate the degassing dynamics of basaltic volcanoes?
  • What are the mechanisms for explosive eruptions at basaltic volcanoes?
  • What controls the style of lava effusion during non-explosive eruptions?
  • How can hazards assessments at basaltic ocean island volcanoes be improved?
  • What fundamental processes govern the emplacement of lava flows and flow fields?
  • Can the timing, location, size, and style of basaltic eruptions be predicted?

Session 4: The future of research into Hawaiian volcanism

The culminating session will address directions for research into Hawaiian volcanism and that of other basaltic ocean islands, including such questions as:

  • What are the most important questions about how Hawaiian volcanoes work that have yet to be addressed?
  • During times of shrinking funding for natural sciences research, what should be the focus of limited research resources?
  • What technological advancements are likely to provide the next great advances in understanding Hawaiian volcanoes?
  • What new models are needed to explain processes associated with ocean island volcanism?
  • How can lessons from Hawaiʻi influence studies of volcanoes elsewhere in the world, and vice versa?

Abstract submissions will be accepted for sessions 1–3. Session 4 will be populated by invited speakers.