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CONVERSE: Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response

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Provided by Ronni Grapenthin
New Mexico Tech
20 May 2019

Principle Investigator(s): Tobias Fischer, University of New Mexico
Funding Source: NSF

The Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response (CONVERSE) research coordination network (RCN) brings together a broadly interdisciplinary group of scientists from academia and US federal agencies who reflect the wide range of data, samples, instrumentation and modeling that currently characterizes volcano science. The goal of this project is to enable the organization and preparation of the broad volcano community to maximize the scientific return of future eruptions. While volcano science is truly international, we focus as a first step on US volcanoes. Through a series of workshops, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary subgroups will identify the state of the art of their field, as well as knowledge and capability gaps that need to be addressed to make progress on fundamental science questions such as:

  1. Can we adequately forecast the size, duration, and hazards of eruptions by integrating observations with quantitative models of magma dynamics?
  2. How is mantle magma production connected through the crust and to volcanoes?
  3. How fast do magmas traverse the crust and what controls the location of storage regions of these magmas?
  4. What are the physical processes that drive pre-eruption phenomena?

The goal of the enhanced collaboration is to advance our ability to adequately monitor the unrest and run-up to volcanic eruptions and once an eruption occurs, to adequately collect critical data and samples to develop next-generation physical/chemical models of volcanoes and through these understand processes of magma generation, transfer and eruption. This will be tested in an interdisciplinary eruption response workshop at the end of the project, where the organized community will respond to several eruption scenarios.

Disciplinary Leaders:

  • Seismology: Diana Roman, Carnegie DTM
  • Geodesy: Ronni Grapenthin, New Mexico Tech
  • Infrasound: David Fee, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Petrology and geochemistry: Kari Cooper, UC Davis; Paul Wallace, University of Oregon
  • Experiments: Christy Till, Arizona State University
  • Gas: Tobias Fischer, University of New Mexico
  • Remote Sensing: Simon Carn, Michigan Tech
  • Water: Karen Johannesson, Tulane University
  • Modelling: Einat Lev, LDEO, Columbia University
  • Eruption dynamics and tephra: Bruce Houghton, University of Hawaii
  • UAVs: Peter LaFemina, Penn State
  • Sample curation: Leslie Hale, Smithonian
  • Public communication: Liz Cottrell, Smithonian

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