2nd Volcano-Ice Interaction on Earth and Mars Conference

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
June 19th-22nd 2007

Conveners: Ben Edwards, Dickinson College, USA; Ian Skilling, University of Pittsburgh, USA; Lionel Wilson, University of Lancaster, UK, Hugh Tuffen, University of Lancaster, UK. Please note the Abstract and Registration Deadline have been extended until 31st March 2007

This conference is a follow-up to the first Volcano-Ice Interaction on Earth and Mars Conference, held in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2000, and will also build upon the International Symposium on Earth and Planetary Volcano-Ice Interactions, organized by the International Glaciological Society (IGS), also in Reykjavik in June 2006. The VII2 conference is sponsored by the IAVCEI Working Group on Volcano-Ice Interaction, University of British Columbia (UBC), Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), the University of Pittsburgh, and Dickinson College. Further support from the IAVCEI Commissions on Explosive Volcanism (CEV) and Volcanogenic Sediments (CVS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is pending. VII2 will in particular be a chance to see and discuss the many superb examples of non-basaltic volcano-ice interaction that are preserved in British Columbia and north-west USA.

Interactions between volcanism and snow or ice lead to a diversity of eruption products, landforms and hazardous phenomena. Examples include the formation of steep-sided tuyas during eruptions under ice caps and the generation of lahars by mixing of pyroclastic materials with summit snowpack. While often poorly observed, the consequences can be highly hazardous to adjacent communities. Furthermore, subglacial edifices exposed by glacier removal yield information on past climatic conditions. The potential for volcano-ice interactions to have occurred on Mars means that a rigorous understanding of the terrestrial glaciovolcanism is necessary before we can understand the implications for the evolution of the martian climate and environment. Progress towards understanding the variety and consequences of volcano-ice interactions comes though field studies of exposed edifices and deposits, remote sensing and geophysical monitoring, and modeling of the physics of heat transfer and fluid dynamics. In this conference we seek to bring together practitioners in these sub-disciplines to highlight recent advances in our understanding and to map the path to further progress in elucidating the mechanisms and consequences of volcano-ice interactions.

Further Information

To sign up for the mailing list, please contact Ian Skilling (skilling@pitt.edu). The first circular will be emailed in January 2006 to all those on the mailing list, and will include details of registration and accommodation costs, details of field trips, program schedule and deadline information. It is also available here.

The deadlines for registering for the conference and fieldtrips and booking campus accommodation are all 31st March 2007.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31st March 2007, you can find instructions here.


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