Purpose and Scope

Submarine volcanism remains underexplored and underexamined – ¾ of Earth lies beneath water, and a substantial majority of Earth’s volcanic eruptions take place in this subaqueous realm.

This conference aims to bring together research on how submarine volcanic eruptions work, and to take advantage of assembled expertise to plot a course for the future of submarine volcanology. The conference will address a range of questions, beginning (but not ending) with the list below.

  • What determines explosivity of a submarine eruption?
  • How does an eruption evolve through the hours, weeks, or years that it persists?
  • What are the effects of the submarine environment on particle dispersal of explosive eruptions in the submarine environment?
  • What are the effects of the submarine environment on lava effusion and emplacement?
  • How can we use our understanding of subaerial eruptions and their products to interpret observations and deposits of submarine eruptions?
  • What can we learn from submarine eruptions about eruptions in general, subaerial ones on Earth and extraterrestrial ones?


This is a 5-day conference, with field trips offered before and after. It  will have invited talks, contributed talks, workshops, and posters.  There will be a single session, ensuring that attendees remain together to maximize interactions and exposure to new ideas and subjects.

Program Committee

Organizers (Australia): R. Carey (University of Tasmania), R. Cas (Monash University), M. Coffin, J. McPhie and K. Orth (University of Tasmania)

Program Committee: W. Chadwick (Oregon State University, USA), R. Embley (NOAA Pacific Marine Laboratory, USA), J. White (University of Otago, New Zealand), M. Perfit (University of Florida, USA), R. Portner (Brown University)