Workshop on Field Logistics for GeoPRISMS Research in the Aleutian Arc

  Fillmore ABC, Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:40 – 6:00 pm


Conveners: Peter Kelemen, Geoff Abers, Jeff Freymueller, P. Haeussler, W.Steve Holbrook, Brian Jicha, John Power, Gene Yogodzinski

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Kelemen on Thompson 2005. Photo by GeneYogodzinski.

Kelemen on Thompson 2005. Photo by Gene Yogodzinski.

Invitation to apply for participation, GeoPRISMS Aleutian Logistics Workshop

Applications are now open for a GeoPRISMS-supported Workshop on Aleutian Field Logistics, on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8, before the Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco. Workshop participants will address coordination of resources for fieldwork in the Aleutian arc. We will assess available resources and community interest in proposed, shared field support for NSF GeoPRISMS supported research in the Aleutian arc.

As one important part of the mix, NSF is considering chartering a ship and an associated helicopter, which would leave Anchorage for the western Aleutians, in a 40 to 60 day round trip, in the summers of 2015 and/or 2016.

Investigators would board and disembark as needed, in ports such as Sand Point, Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor, Adak Island, and perhaps other ports, and would use the ship and helicopter to access field sites along the Aleutians.

We will also consider the role of the NSF Amphibious Array of ocean bottom seismometers, the IRIS deployment of seismometers in the Transportable Array in Alaska, the Alaska Volcano Observatory in their ongoing volcano monitoring efforts, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and other interested organizations whose resources and goals offer potential synergy with GeoPRISMS research in the Aleutian arc.

The motivation for this workshop is to reduce the logistical cost per project in the Aleutians while maximizing the number of field projects that can be supported. In particular, we hope that sharing resources will provide access to investigators who otherwise might not participate in Aleutian research, in order to ensure the maximum scientific return on this unprecedented opportunity to study a uniquely important part of the global subduction system.

Central goals of the workshop will include:

(1) Assessing community interest in one or more shared logistical platforms.
(2) Assessing logistical requirements.
(3) Exploring partnerships with other organizations and groups.
(4) Discussing funding options with NSF personnel.

The choice of venue was made to reduce travel costs for participants already planning to attend the Fall AGU Meeting 2013. There will be no registration fee. GeoPRISMS will cover the cost of meeting facilities and refreshments for the workshop, but not travel. There will be a limited number of participants. Ideally, the maximum number will be attained, but not exceeded. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY, AND HELP US SPREAD THE WORD to as many potential participants as possible.

Please feel free to direct questions about the Workshop to me or other members of the organizing committee. Please direct questions about proposals for Aleutian field work to NSF GeoPRISMS Program Directors Bilal Haq bhaq <at>, and Jennifer Wade jwade <at>, and Jim Beard jbeard <at>

Best wishes,
Peter Kelemen peterk <at>

on behalf of the coordinating committee for the Workshop on Shared Support for Aleutian Field Work:

Geoff Abers, past MARGINS Chair abers <at>
Jeff Freymueller jeff.freymueller <at>
Peter Haeussler pheuslr <at>
Steve Holbrook steveh <at>
Brian Jicha bjicha <at>
Peter Kelemen peterk <at>
John Power jpower <at>
Gene Yogodzinski gyogodzin <at>

ex officio:

Peter van Keken, incoming GeoPRISMS Chair keken <at>
Julia Morgan, GeoPRISMS Chair morganj <at>

12:40 13:00 GeoPRISMS Science Plan: focus on the Aleutians | Julia Morgan
13:00 13:10 Sites for seismometer deployment: passive source | icon-file  1.7MbGeoff Abers
13:10 13:20 Sites for sampling lavas for geochemistry |  372KbGene Yogodzinski
13:20 13:30 Sites for sampling magmatic volatiles | Terry Plank
13:30 13:40 Sites for sampling plutons for geochemistry | Peter Kelemen
13:40 13:50 Sites for seismometer deployment: active source | Steve Holbrook
13:50 14:00 Sites for measuring ongoing deformation | Jeff Freymueller

14:00 14:10 BREAK

14:10 14:20 Sites for sampling for geochronology | Brian Jicha
14:20 14:30 Sites for investigating tectonic history |   2.0MbDave Scholl
14:30 14:40 German-Russian-American collaborative cruises | Kaj Hoernle
14:40 14:50 Alaska Volcano Observatory, operations & synergy | John Power
14:50 15:00 EarthScope/Plate Boundary Observatory logistics | Max Enders
15:00 15:10 Experience with Aleutian logistics & options for the future | Jeff Freymueller

15:10 15:30 BREAK

15:30 16:30 Community input & discussion: Where do you want to go?

16:30 16:50 BREAK

16:50 17:10 Updated, straw person plan for shared logistics | John Power

17:10 17:50 Discussion

17:50 18:00 Wrap up, plans for continuing input | Julia Morgan

Workshop on Field Logistics for GeoPRISMS Research in the Aleutian Arc (12:40 -6 pm, December 8, 2013)

“Field Logistics for GeoPRISMS in the Aleutian Arc”, Kelemen, P., Abers, G., Freymueller, J., Haeussler, P., Holbrook, S., Jicha, B., Power, J., Yogodzinski, G.; GeoPRISMS Newsletter, Issue No. 32, Spring 2014.

A Mini-Workshop, with support from GeoPRISMS, was organized to explore options for shared logistical support for NSF funded research in the Aleutian volcanic arc, which is part of the GeoPRISMS Alaska Focus Area. The goal is to reduce the logistical costs per project in order to enable a larger group of investigators to benefit from the opportunity that the GeoPRISMS focus is intended to foster. The workshop was held in the Fillmore ABC meeting rooms, in the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 12:40 to 6:00 PM.

Despite inclement weather across North America, which prevented some registrants from attending, there were more than 90 participants from more than 60 universities and research organizations, mostly in the US.

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