2012 Events

April, June (AGU-Chapman) / (VIIC-3) / (IGS), December (select month of interest)

Redoubt dome

View of 2009 Redoubt dome in August 2010 (courtesy of Kate Bull, AVO/ADGGS)


ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 17 January 2012

EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April)

GMPV4.10/GM2.7 Spatio-temporal perspectives on volcanological processes and volcanic landforms

This session addresses a wide range of issues related to the evolution in time and space of volcanic processes, landforms and environments. By combining perspectives on geomorphology, geochronology and the volcanic lithofacies this session will allow a deep discussion of the processes which shape volcanic landscapes and better constrain the timescales and sequence of activities by which such morphologies are created. A specific focus of the session is magma-water-ice interaction, which can have dramatic impacts on landforms and eruption behaviour over a wide range of timescales.

Please contact the conveners below with questions:
Hugh Tuffen, Lancaster University, UK. h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk
D. Karatson
A. Germa
B. Székely

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AGU Chapman Conference on Volcanism and the Atmosphere: ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 9 February 2012

Selfoss, Iceland, 11-15 June [click here to find information about the Conference AGU Chapman website

Volcanic eruptions can have a profound effect on the Earth's atmosphere and environment on all time scales. From being the source of most gases in the atmosphere over geologic time to producing climate change detectable over the past millennia, to threatening aviation, volcanic eruptions provide a strong link between Earth's activity and its influence on the atmosphere and human history. To better understand these phenomena, the International Association of Volcanism and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) formed the Commission on Volcanism and the Earth's Atmosphere at the AGU Chapman Conference on "Climate, Volcanism and Global Change" in Hilo Hawaii in 1992 following the largest eruption of the 20th Century, Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. On June 17-21, 2002, the same groups sponsored a second 10th anniversary Chapman Conference in Santorini, Greece, entitled "Chapman Conference on Volcanism and the Earth's Atmosphere", which also resulted in publication of an AGU monograph.
In the decade since the last meeting in 2002 there have been significant developments in this area in both the academic and broader arenas. We now understand the impacts of volcanic eruptions on climate and aviation better. For example, we have learned more about the winter warming effect on Northern Hemisphere continents, about effects on ozone depletion, the effects of volcanic ash clouds on aviation routes, about the potential for supervolcanoes to disrupt civilization, and about possible limitations on the lifetime and impact of volcanic aerosol clouds. We have also seen proposals for geoengineering schemes to place sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to counter global warming, for which volcanic eruptions serve as the most important analog, as well as the paralysis of aviation in the North Atlantic region for over 10 days by the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.

Additional Information

For more information please visit the AGU web site. http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2012/bcall/program/index.php

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3rd Volcano-Ice Interactions on Earth and Mars Conference: ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: 31 MARCH 2012

Anchorage, Alaska, 18-22 June [click here to go to the conference website for more information

REGISTRATION now open (click here to register)

Volcano-Ice Interactions on Earth & Other Planets Conference III

The joint IAVCEI-IACS Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions would like to announce the Third International Conference on Volcano-Ice Interactions on Earth & Other Planets, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, June 18–22, 2012. We are planning a three-day oral and poster session meeting format followed by two days for field excursions to the Wrangell volcanic field and Cook Inlet volcanoes. The conference precedes the International Glaciological Society symposium on mountain glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets in a warming climate that will be held in Fairbanks the following week from June 25–29. The purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists with a common interest in volcano-ice interactions and to highlight recent studies and eruptions at snow- and ice-clad volcanoes. We are particularly interested in encouraging students and post-docs to attend and present their research results.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The VII3 conference will be held at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Anchorage, Alaska, on the Alaska Pacific University campus. Local accommodations (within walking distance of USGS) will be available at the University of Alaska-Anchorage dormitories and the Spring Hill Suites Hotel.

Thematic Agenda and Session Topics (UPDATED)

• Ancient subglacial volcanic eruptions: products, processes, environments
• Ice-covered stratovolcanoes: monitoring, hazards, recent eruptions
• Volcano-ice interactions: heat transfer and planetary perspectives

Deadlines (UPDATED)

Abstract submission update

We will now accept multiple abstracts from each first author. If you already have one abstract and would like to contribute more the abstract submission deadline is March 31st 2012. All abstracts will be published in an abstracts volume available to all participants prior to the meeting.

Financial support for early-stage researchers

We hope to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to early-stage researchers and students (less than 3 years post-PhD award). To apply please send a CV, a copy of your abstract and a covering letter to Hugh Tuffen (h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk) by April 15th 2012.

Conference timetable and all deadlines

Abstract submission deadline (UPDATED): March 31st 2012, please email abstracts (max 2 sides of A4) to Hugh Tuffen and Christopher Waythomas.
Provisional deadline for application for financial support for early-stage researchers: April 15th
Allocation of financial support: April 15th 2012
Registration deadline (UPDATED): April 27th 2012
Conference begins: June 18th 2012
Conference ends: June 22nd 2012
Publication of thematic volume resulting from conference: 2013 (TBC)

Field Excursions

(1) Wrangell volcanic field and volcanic mass-flow deposits in the Copper River basin. This field excursion will visit the southwestern part of the Wrangell volcanic field by road and examine a large volcanic mass-flow deposit produced during a late Pleistocene flank collapse of Mt. Wrangell. Trip leader: Chris Waythomas, USGS-AVO.
(2) Volcanoes of the Cook Inlet region. This excursion will be an aerial over flight(s) of the historically active volcanoes (Mt. Spurr, Mt. Redoubt, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. St. Augustine) in the Cook Inlet region of south-central Alaska. Trip leaders, AVO staff scientists.
(3) Pre-meeting backpacking trip to the Katmai volcanic cluster, Katmai National Park, on or about June 3–16, 2012. Trip leaders: John Eichelberger, USGS, Pavel Izbekov, Univ. Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute & AVO.
(4) Tephra deposits of the Kenai Peninsula. This field excursion will examine tephra deposits of Holocene age produced by explosive eruptions at ice and snow clad volcanoes in the Cook Inlet region. Trip leader: Kristi Wallace, USGS-AVO

Additional Information

For more information about the VII3 conference please visit the commission web site. http://volcanoes.dickinson.edu/iavcei_iacs_viic/


Chris Waythomas, Alaska Volcano Observatory, USGS, Anchorage: cwaythomas@usgs.gov

Christian Huggel, University of Zurich: christian.huggel@geo.uzh.ch

Hugh Tuffen, Lancaster University: h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk

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International Glaciological Society: ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 1 March 2012

Fairbanks, Alaska, 24-29 June [click here to download pdf of Conference Second Circular]

International Symposium on Glaciers and ice sheets in a warming climate

Glaciers and ice sheets are making large contributions to rising sea level, and their mass losses are expected to accelerate in a warming climate. New technologies have broadened our ability to detect and monitor glacier and ice sheet changes, though large uncertainties about the current state of the cryosphere remain. Moreover, predictive models are at present unable to capture many key processes of glacier mass balance and dynamics, many of which are non-linear. How are glaciers and ice sheets responding to recent changes in climate, and what changes can we expect in the future? This meeting seeks to address these problems by bringing together experts in glacier, climate and ocean studies, using in-situ observations, remote sensing and modeling.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The meeting will be held in the Ballroom of the Wood Center on campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Preliminary Agenda and Session Topics

1) Observations of glacier change, including mass and dynamic changes of mountain glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, and ice shelves, glacier inventories, in-situ observations and remote sensing techniques.
2) Glacier mass balance – climate interaction, including glacier meteorology, surface energy exchange, snow accumulation processes, mass-balance indices and the relation between glacier mass balances and atmospheric indices.
3) Ice dynamics, focusing on observations, theoretical advances and modeling of the flow of ice including ice streams and surges.
4) Glacier-ocean interactions, including ice shelf and tidewater glacier dynamics, observations and modeling of calving.
5) Role of subglacial processes in glacier changes, including glacier hydrology, sedimentation and volcanic interactions.
6) Ice sheet modeling, including advances in the physical understanding of ice-sheet processes, incorporation of non-linear ice-sheet response to environmental forcing, and assimilation of remote sensing and ground observations into ice sheet models.
7) Future projections, including coupling glacier models to global and regional climate models, downscaling methods, evaluation and intercomparison of models.
8) Impacts of glacier changes, including the contribution of glacier wastage on sea-level rise, water resources in different climate, glacier engineering, glacier hazards, glacier outburst floods, ocean circulation, terrestrial and marine bio-geochemical cycles and ecosystems, as well as isostatic changes.
9) Proxies and modeling of past glacier changes, including indicators from ice cores and other archives that reveal glacier responses to climate change.


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be required. The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2012. All abstracts will be published in an abstracts volume available to all participants prior to the meeting.

Registration information [click here]

Additional Information

For more information about the conference please visit the University of Alaska Glaciers Group web site. http://glaciers.gi.alaska.edu/events/igs2012


Magnús Már Magnússon, International Glaciological Society, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER, UK Tel: +44 (0)1223 355 974/Fax: +44 (0)1223 354 931, Email: igsoc@igsoc.org


Dr Regine Hock, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 903 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99775-7320, USA, Tel: +1 907 474 7691/Fax: +1 907 474 7290, Email: regine@gi.alaska.edu


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Fall AGU Meeting

San Francisco, CA, 3-7 December Website

V21A. Submarine Volcanism and Glaciovolcanism: Similarities and Differences

While the physics of phase changes and heat transfer are clearly similar for magma-H2O interactions in submarine or ice-confined terrestrial environments, both the eruptive and emplacement processes may display significant differences between the two environments. The principal aim of this session is to foster collaborative field, laboratory and theoretical studies between glacio- and marine volcanologists in order to better understand common problems relating to the physical and chemical controls on subaqueous lava flow emplacement and magma-water explosions. Increased dialogue between the two groups will help identify and address these problems but also pinpoint significant environment-specific controls. Documenting and understanding these controls will aid discrimination of ancient volcanic deposits formed in ice-confined or ice-free environments on both Earth and Mars. We are particularly interested in any of the following studies, especially if they include a comparison between the two environments:
(1) Emplacement processes and controls on the appearance of subaqueous lava flows
(2) Confining pressure and other controls on magma-water explosions
(3) Transport and depositional processes of primary and redeposited volcaniclastic deposits
(4) Geochemical studies of volcanic glass or its alteration products that may aid discrimination of freshwater and marine environments

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