Nominees for 2020 VIIC Executive Positions (all to be filled)

These positions will all be held until Jan 2023

We have three nominees presently standing for the executive positions: Rosie Cole, Erin Fitch, Chris Conwy. Information on the candidates is posted below. The duties of executive officers are listed in the charter.



Dr. Rosie Cole, University of Otago, New Zealand

NOMINEE’S STATEMENT

I am a physical volcanologist with a predominantly field-based and, more recently, experimental background. I completed my PhD on andesitic glaciovolcanism at Tongariro and Ruapehu volcanoes, New Zealand from the University of Otago in 2019. Currently I am a Postdoc at Otago, working on analogue experiments of volcanic fissure eruptions. Next year I will be starting a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship at the University of Iceland on glaciovolcanic deposits at Katla. My primary research interests include the interaction between volcanoes and their eruptive environments, in particular the influence of ice and water on eruptive style and products. My work to date has combined field mapping and lithofacies analysis with experiments and paleomagnetic techniques.

Ideas for the Commission During these times of environmental change, when the structures and subglacial hydrological systems of glaciers are transforming, the Volcano-Ice Interaction Commission is as important and as relevant as ever. I think that the commission will benefit from more collaborative efforts between commission members and greater promotion of their research and activities to the wider volcanology community. My ideas for doing this are:

• Creating a publication feed in email and/or social media form containing recently published glaciovolcanic research papers alongside a ~ 30-word summary. This could be replicated on the website with longer summaries and would provide additional advertising for the authors while keeping the community up to date. Such a resource could become the go-to site for finding the latest glaciovolcanic research without subscribing to email alerts from every journal.

• Seeking collaboration with other commissions, particularly the Commission on Submarine Volcanism, to hold joint meetings, trips and workshops.

• Ensuring regular updates of the website with news, events, resources/links and members list.

In addition, I support the idea, already put forward, of regular online meetings for commission members. I am very keen to ensure these are organised and that researchers from all over the world and at every career stage are encouraged to attend.

I am also excited to work with Chris Conway on his idea of a fieldtrip based around glaciovolcanism at Ruapehu and Tongariro volcanoes at IAVCEI 2022 in Rotorua, NZ. This field trip will showcase the diverse glaciovolcanic products of two andesitic stratovolcanoes, including deposit types that have been under-represented in the glaciovolcanic literature. There will be ample opportunity during this trip to discuss the physical processes around glaciovolcanic interaction and implications for paleoenvironment that will be relevant for many with interests on glaciated arc volcanoes around the world.

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Dr. Chris Conway, Volcanic Activity Research Group, Geological Survey of Japan

NOMINEE'S STATEMENT

I would like to volunteer to become a co-leader of the IAVCEI Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions. I believe the VIIC can successfully continue to highlight the progress and potential of glaciovolcanic research, and I want to be a part of that.

Here are some ideas for promoting ongoing activities within the VIIC:

1. IAVCEI 2022 Field Trip

Rosie Cole and I will lead a (pre- or post-conference) field trip to explore the diverse glaciovolcanic features of the Tongariro and Ruapehu stratovolcanoes in New Zealand. In addition to visiting outcrops of andesite-dacite subglacial and ice-marginal volcanic products over several days, this event will bring members together to discuss key topics for the VIIC:

How to integrate paleoclimate and glaciovolcanic research (glacier modelers from the Antarctic Research Centre of Victoria University of Wellington will participate);

How to include glaciovolcanic studies in mapping projects for hazardous stratovolcanoes (especially in South America); The possibility of organizing a journal special issue to highlight recent glaciovolcanic research and/or ways to publish field guides for glaciovolcanoes.

2. Updates to the VIIC website

The VIIC website has been central to connecting members of the commission and, in order to keep it going, we will maintain and update it. Here are some ideas for doing so:

• Host an interactive map that links glaciovolcanoes to their associated publications, official websites, and image collections;

• Provide a collection of resources for teaching and outreach activities related to glaciovolcanism;

• Promote member interaction via regular interviews and image submission requests.

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Dr. Erin Fitch, University of Oregon, USA

NOMINEE'S STATEMENT

SUMMARY

I have been a member of the Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions (CVII) since 2013, I received my PhD from the University of Hawai‘i in 2018, and am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon. My work focuses on the interaction of magma and external water over a wide range of scales, from the evolution and dynamics of hydrothermal systems, to micro-scale dynamic processes occurring at the magma–water interface. As a CVII nominee, I would like to establish a stronger collaborative/interdisciplinary presence of CVII within the hydrovolcanism community. I propose to provide a consistent platform to present work on volcano-ice interactions by organizing interdisciplinary sessions on hydrovolcanism, in partnership with allied IAVCEI commissions. In 2021, the EGU General Assembly, GSA Annual Meeting, and the AGU Fall Meeting all provide opportunities for the CVII to co-organize sessions and potential field trips. My location at the University of Oregon would enable me to be very involved in creating and leading a hydrovolcanism field trip co-organized by the CVII during the 2021 GSA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. There is also ample room to propose an AGU Chapman Conference on hydrovolcanism and CVII would be well-positioned to co-organize this.

ABOUT ME

I have been a member of the Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions (CVII) since 2013, I received my PhD from the University of Hawai‘i in 2018, and am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon. My work focuses on the interaction of magma and external water over a wide range of scales, from the evolution and dynamics of hydrothermal systems, to micro-scale dynamic processes occurring at the magma–water interface. I perform extensive field and laboratory work to provide robust inputs for my numerical models, in an effort to improve hydrovolcanism forecasting and hazard assessment.

MOVING THE COMMISION FORWARD

Although global interest in volcano-ice interaction fluctuates, it is an important component of the larger study of hydrovolcanism. Therefore, my ideas for moving the commission forward focus on establishing a stronger collaborative/interdisciplinary presence within the hydrovolcanism community.

I propose to provide a consistent platform to present work on volcano-ice interactions by organizing interdisciplinary sessions on hydrovolcanism, in partnership with allied IAVCEI commissions such as the Commission on Submarine Volcanism, Commission on Explosive Volcanism, and Commission on Volcanic Lakes. This interdisciplinary approach during the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting resulted in the session, “Hydrovolcanic, Submarine, and Subglacial Eruptions: Exploring Hydrosphere-Volcano Interactions”, which drew a robust contribution from all areas of volcano-water interaction study, and was the largest hydrovolcanism session AGU has ever had. In 2021, the EGU General Assembly (April 25–30) in Vienna, Austria, the GSA Annual Meeting (October 10–13) in Portland OR, and the AGU Fall Meeting (December 13–17) in New Orleans LA provide opportunities for the CVII to co-organize sessions and potential field trips.

My location at the University of Oregon would enable me to be very involved in creating and leading a hydrovolcanism field trip co-organized by the CVII during the 2021 GSA Annual Meeting. This field trip could be focused on hydrovolcanism in Oregon with a southeastern route from Portland that passes by the tuyas Hayrick Butte and Hogg Rock, a tour of La Pine as a model geothermal city, and end at Crater Lake National Park, with the opportunity to cover a broad range of topics, from glaciovolcanism, crater lakes, magma-water interactions, hydrothermal systems, and explosive volcanism. Alternatively, I imagine that a field trip to Mt St Helens will be offered, and CVII could be a part of this, highlighting the 1980 eruption as a glaciovolcanic eruption, and focus on flooding and lahar formation. Additionally, there is ample room to propose an AGU Chapman Conference on hydrovolcanism across the solar system, bringing together scientists studying a range of topics, such as phreatomagmatism, phreatic eruptions, hydro- and geothermal systems, volcanic lakes, volcanic floods and debris flows, submarine eruptions, and glaciovolcanism. This conference could provide a unique opportunity to foster cross-discipline discussions on the extent that these systems change with changing climate, as well as their distribution on other planetary bodies and their potential for fostering microbial habitats across the solar system. As an allied group, CVII would be well-positioned to co-organize this.

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