IAVCEI General Assembly Fosters Volcanology Community Building

The General Assembly of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth Interior (IAVCEI) was held in Portland, Oregon from 13-18 of August.

The IAVCEI General Assembly occurs every four years and showcased a vast array of international research in volcano science. DCO researchers contributed numerous presentations and chaired several sessions with topics ranging from volatile degassing during magma storage and ascent to utilizing drones in volcano research. DCO researchers also were involved in organizing Town Hall meetings, leading to interesting discussions about new initiatives and efforts for volcanology community building.

DCO researchers from the Reservoirs and Fluxes community chaired and co-chaired sessions on the theme of volatile influences on eruption style, degassing, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. In particular, Florian Schwanderer (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA), Christoph Kern (United States Geological Service, USA) and Simon Carn (Michigan Tech, USA) chaired a session on remote sensing of volcanic gases from space, airborne, and ground-based methods. Marie Edmonds (Cambridge University, UK) co-chaired a session on sulfides in volcanic systems. Patrick Allard (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, IPGP) and Taryn Lopez (University of Alaska, USA) co-chaired a session on the role of volatiles and degassing in magmatic and eruptive processes. A session on the hazards, resources, and extremophiles in volcano-hosted hydrothermal systems was co-chaired by Franco Tassi (University of Florence, IT) and Everett Shock (Arizona State University, USA). Within the theme of future developments in volcano science, Maarten de Moor (Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica, OVSICORI) co-chaired a session on the use of drones and robots in volcanology.

IAVCEI recognized the contributions of our DCO colleague, Marie Edmonds, with the award of the Wager Medal, which honors the memory of Professor Lawrence Rickard Wagner of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, who was born in 1904 and died in 1965 and who discovered the Skaergaard layered intrusion. The medal is given every two years to a scientist up to 15 years after PhD acquisition, who has made outstanding contributions to volcanology.

The IAVCEI General Assembly also hosted a variety of pre- and post- meeting workshops on topics ranging from modeling volcanic and magma chamber processes to best practices in tephra collection and analyses. Field trip destinations included Mount St. Helens, Lassen, Newberry, Mount Hood, and Long Valley Caldera and provided opportunities to learn about a wide spectrum of volcanological processes and hazards. The next General Assembly of IAVCEI, announced during the closing ceremony, will be held in New Zealand in 2021.

Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico, USA), who leads DCO’s DECADE project, prepared this report. 

Photo credit: Giancarlo Tamburello

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