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Workshop – Multidisciplinary Volcano Hazards Experiments at the Geohazards Field Station, 24-27 July 2018

Hosts:  Greg Valentine, Ingo Sonder (University at Buffalo)

Scientific Committee:

  • Ben Andrews (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Costanza Bonadonna (Université de Genève)
  • Joe Dufek (Georgia Tech)
  • Greg Waite (Michigan Technological University)

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The U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Improving Understanding of Volcanic Eruptions recent report (Volcanic Eruptions and Their Repose, Unrest, Precursors, and Timing, highlighted the need to develop a community-driven, shared-infrastructure user facility for large-scale, multidisciplinary experiments on volcano processes. The University at Buffalo, with support from the National Science Foundation, has established a Geohazards Field Station to meet this need.  The field station comprises an open area of several acres with supporting infrastructure.

An open workshop will be held at the field station on 24-27 July 2018.  The workshop will include a day of experiments related to explosive eruptions.  Preliminary plans call for four experiments, each carefully timed and spaced sequences of buried chemical explosives, generating blast waves, debris-laden jets and plumes, small-scale density currents, and resulting craters and ejecta deposits. Participants are encouraged to participate in data collection using any approach.  This could include, for example:  high-speed video, acoustic sensors, seismic sensors, thermal infrared video, Doppler radar, ejecta and fallout sampling, and photogrammetry to establish quantitative morphology of explosion products. 

Preliminary schedule for the workshop:

 ·       Day 1 – afternoon presentations and discussions by participants on data collection techniques to be deployed and potential integration of the techniques.

·       Day 2 – setup at the field station.

·       Day 3 – four experiments

·       Day 4 – data archiving for shared access, working session where participants present and discuss data from the experiments and future directions for multidisciplinary experimentation, and begin development of a report on the workshop .

 Participation is open to any interested researcher.  There is no registration fee.  Limited funds are available to offset travel expenses for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers (Please indicate whether you are requesting funds when you register; a more detailed request for information will be provided to requesters at a later date.).  Participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements (the hosts will provide guidance at a later date).

 This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.