Conference Motivation and Goals

In January 1912, Professor Thomas A. Jaggar arrived in Hawaiʻi and began continuous observations of the activity of Kīlauea Volcano, thereby founding the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). The occasion of HVO’s Centennial year 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 fundamental goal of the conference is to identify the most significant aspects of Hawaiian volcanism, from the source of magma to the effects of eruptive activity, in need of additional study. Conference conclusions will be summarized in a white paper document that may be used to guide future research efforts. In addition, the conference will provide a forum for the diverse group of scientists in attendance to develop new collaborative research projects.