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July 16-19, 2020

Portland State University

Workshop Overview


The third of our workshops for the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction (MCS) Research Collaboration Network (RCN) will focus on magmatic systems. Given the necessity of topical focus and coherence with the previous workshops, this workshop will focus on the subsurface parts of volcanic systems, that is trans-crustal magma transport and storage. We aim to bring together a diverse selection of scientists to identify needs and opportunities related to the modeling of related processes at various spatial and temporal scales within a future integrative community modeling framework for subduction zones. This workshop is designed to facilitate discussions and collaborations of existing modeling efforts and associated observational foundations, as opposed to code development. Discussions will be focused on developing a conceptual framework for a magmatic systems component within a future MCS.

  • Identify the key processes related to magma transport and storage leading up to eruptions at different temporal and spatial scales that are of critical importance to volcanic systems.

  • Identify needs and opportunities among models of different scales and/or processes.

  • Identify needs and opportunities for integration between models and observations.

  • Identify priorities for a magmatic systems component within a future integrative community modeling framework for subduction zones.

  • Outline a community plan for an integrative modeling framework and spell out a vision for the MCS from a magmatic systems perspective.

Themes and Questions
Magmatic Arcs
Petrologenesis and fluids
Geophysical observations
Trans-crustal magma transport and storage system
Magma supply
Heat flow
Rock mechanics
Multiphase flow, reactive transport
Magma chambers
Petrology, geochemistry, thermodynamics
Geophysical observations
Numerical models
Eruption precursory signals and processes
Eruption/conduit modeling

Toward a Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction
What should the MCS encompass?
What resources does the volcano community need?
How can we connect observations with models?
Meeting Logistics

Dates: July 16-19, 2020

Location: Portland State University, Portland, OR

There will be a special session focused toward early career scientists (ECS) on Thursday, July 16. The main workshop will be held July 17-19, ending with a half-day session on the final morning. There will be a poster session the evening of July 17. 

Full schedule to be posted closer to the workshop.

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Helge Gonnermann (Rice Univ.) and Kyle Anderson (USGS)