DTM Hosts Workshop for Volcanologists in the DC Area

Stefan Lachowycz
Monday, January 23, 2017 

In 2013, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) hosted a workshop for Earth and planetary scientists in the Washington, DC area with an interest in volcanology to facilitate inter-institution dialog and collaboration. On January 11, 2017, the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) hosted a sequel to this workshop at Carnegie’s Broad Branch Road campus.

Workshop participants. Photo by Casey Leffue, DTM.

Sixteen volcanologists were welcomed from various institutions, including the NASA GSFC, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, United States Geological Survey, and the University of Maryland-College Park. Several Carnegie scientists also attended.

Presentations were given on a wide range of topics, from magma generation and volcanic crisis response to volcano monitoring from satellites and Martian volcanism. DTM volcanologists Diana Roman, Hélène Le Mével, and Stefan Lachowycz gave talks on their current research. Presentations were followed by stimulating group discussions on the important challenges in volcanology, developing new tools for volcanology, and understanding volcanic processes.

Viewing 3D photos of volcanic eruption plumes in Kamchatka, derived from satellite imagery. Photo by Diana Roman, DTM.

New collaborations have already been established from this meeting, which we hope will now become an annual event.

Written by Stefan Lachowycz, January 24, 2017

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