Currently the US volcano community is spread out over many academic institutions, includes several government agencies, is fragmented and would benefit from coordination. Often non-detection of initial volcanic unrest, and uncoordinated response to volcanic activity and eruptions leads to data of different types getting collected at different times and locations or not at all. This results in inefficient resource use and limited impact of the information obtained.
The purpose of this Research Coordination Network is to enable, organize, and focus the collaboration of US academic researchers, the USGS, NASA, NCAR, NOAA, the Smithsonian (GVP) and foreign entities involved in volcano science. The goal of the enhanced collaboration is to advance our ability to adequately monitor the unrest and run-up to volcanic eruptions and once an eruption occurs, to adequately collect critical data and samples to develop next-generation physical/chemical models of volcanoes and through these understand processes of magma generation, transfer and eruption.
December 28 2020: CONVERSE is coordinating the science response to the current Kīlauea eruption. We have formed a Kīlauea Scientific Advisory Committee (K-SAC) that consists of a group of individuals from academia and the USGS. The K-SAC will evaluate proposals from the academic community for work on Kīlauea. Details on how to submit proposals are available here:
If you like to be involved in the science response to the Kīlauea eruption, please contact the disciplinary leader most closely related to your discipline.
August 25, 2020 Presentation of CONVERSE to NSF as part of RCN updates
Please see the community reports that provide information on the disciplinary workshops held in 2019
Below are some other reports from 2018 (and related earlier) community activities
Volcanic eruptions are often preceded by geophysical or geochemical signals. Below are some examples of some detected eruption precursors.