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Off to AGU 2010 in San Francisco

December 11, 2010, 10:58 AM

It is that time a year again - final exams, Christmas music and the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. All this does make the end of the year always seem like a whirling storm of activity, but it definitely can be fun if you don't try to see and do everything. 

There is, as always, tons of interesting talks, press conferences and workshops at the AGU 2010 meeting and I'll be trying to post about some of the most exciting stuff I see or hear - some of that will end up here with daily (?) summaries, and some will come in on my @eruptionsblog twitter feed (remember, you don't have to be signed up for twitter to see the feed!)

You can check out the full schedule here, but a few presentations I'm especially excited to attend include:


  • V13C-2366 (Poster) Afternoon: Inner structure of the La Pacana Caldera (Central Andes, Chile) using gravimetric data by F. Delgado and A. Pavez Alvarado
  • V13G-06 (Talk) 2:55: Differentiation and source processes at Mt. Pelee and the Quill; active volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles Arc by Jon Davidson and M.W. Schmidt
  • V14A-01 (Talk) 4:00: Crustal overprinting on mantle-derived U-series disequilibria in arc magmas: A warning signal from Volcan Llaima, Chile by O. Reubi and others.
  • V14A-03 (Talk) 4:30: Crustal reworking during a long-lived magma pulse: 11 m.y. isotopic record from the Aucanquilcha Volcanic Cluster, central Andes by B. Walker and A. Grunder


  • V12B-2329 (Poster) Morning: Explosive eruptions at Bezymianny Volcano (Kamchatka, Russa) from 2000-2009: warning system, prediction and risk assessment by S. Senyukov
  • V21D-2350 (Poster) Morning: Volumes and eruption rates for the 2008-2009 Chaiten rhyolite lava domes by J. Pallister and others
  • V23F-04 (Talk) 8:45: Trace-element variations reveal dynamic magma mixing during the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland by O. Sigmarsson and others.
  • V24A-05 (Talk) 5:17: Coupled evolution of magma chambers and flow in conduits during large volcanic eruptions by L. Karlstrom and others.


  • V31A-2311 (Poster) Morning: Evolution of an upper crustal plutonic-volcanic plumbing system: Insights from high-precision U-Pb zircon geochronology of the intracaldera tuff and intrusions in Silver Creek caldera, Arizona, USA by T. Zhang and others.
  • V32B-06 (Talk) 11:35: Processes of volcanic unrest inferred from 10 years of micro-seismicity at Piton de la Fournaise volcano by E. Rivemale and others.
  • V34A-08 (Talk) 5:45: Evolution of the youngest Toba Tuff magma reservoir as recorded by zircon geochemistry and crystallization temperatures by T. Gaither and M. Reid
  • V34B-06 (Talk) 5:15: Volcano ecology at Chaiten, Chile: Geophysical processes interact with forest ecosystems by F. J. Swanson and others


  • V41B-2272 (poster) Morning: Contrasting protracted and punctuated zircon growth in two syn-erupted rhyolite magmas from Tarawera volcano: Insights to heterogeneity of crystal mush by S. Storm and others.
  • V43A-2334 (Poster) Morning: Crystal transfer at Chaos Crags during magma mingling by S. Collins and others
  • V43E-01 (talk) 1:40: Looking backward and forward: A decadal view of volcanology by J.M. Fink
  • V43B-2362 (poster) Afternoon: SHRIMP Ti-in-zircon thermometry of the Empire quartz diorite, southern Sierra Nevada: Implications for skarn formation in the Mineral King pendant by M. D'errico and others.

There are a bunch of cool talks/posters on Friday, but sadly I jet back to Columbus on Thursday night to begin finals here at Denison.

There are also three interesting volcano-related press conferences in Moscone West 3000 that I am going to try to hit (not sure I've even been to a press conference):

  • Monday at 3 PM: Voyage to the Sulawesi Sea: Exotic life, volcanic discoveries
  • Tuesday at 9 AM: Ice volcanoes and hot plasma explosions
  • Wednesday at 11 AM: Ash and aviation: Developing better forecasts, monitoring and standards

As for me, I'll be giving a talk on the role that citizens might play in the future of volcano monitoring called "Using the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption as a model of citizen involvement in scientific research" during a session on Monday afternoon - ED14A-07 at 5:30 in Moscone South 102. I'll also be on the panel for a Workshop called "Science Blogging" on Thursday from 2-4 in Moscone West 3000 - which will be webcast live (check out the main AGU 2010 website for the webcasts).

If you happen to be attending the meeting and see me, come on over and say "Hi!" or you can live vicariously through the updates I'll be posting ... and if anything big happens outside the convention center in the world of volcanoes, look for it here as well!


Off to AGU 2010 in San Fran...

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