Community Volcano Experiment (COVE) -- Design Survey

The recent ERUPT, SZ4D, and USGS subduction zone science reports highlight the need for interdisciplinary, detailed research on active volcanic systems. With the survey below, we request your input regarding an initiative to propose a Community Volcano Experiment (COVE) to the US National Science Foundation to stimulate interdisciplinary research on active volcanic systems . As currently envisioned, ‘community volcano’ sites would likely target one or a small cluster of volcanoes and obtain a level of multidisciplinary observations that are not typically feasible for individual researchers or small groups. COVE would focus on data collection and dissemination only, and all data and data products would be immediately open access to enable broad participation of the international research community with cutting-edge observational constraints. The overarching goal is to facilitate research leading toward the development of integrated physical and chemical models of volcanic processes. The survey questions are meant to be generic with respect to the specific sites. Our survey aims to obtain broad community input regarding what kinds of data and data products, data access, and student and early career training and fieldwork opportunities would make community volcano projects an asset for your research. Free format input is also solicited at the end of the survey. Opportunities to comment in person will also occur at the AGU Fall Meeting. Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise. We would appreciate if you could provide you input by Friday December 22nd, 2017.


COVE Team - Brandon Schmandt (U. New Mexico), David Fee (U. Alaska Fairbanks), Tobias Fischer (U. New Mexico), Esteban Gazel (Cornell U.) Ronni Grapenthin (New Mexico Tech.), Einat Lev (LDEO)

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* 1. What types of data (geophysical or geochemical time series, gas or tephra samples, etc.) could a community volcano project provide to best aid your research on active volcanic systems?

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* 2. For the types of data you listed in the previous question, please mention any specifications that you think are key to enabling advances (e.g., temporal or spatial resolution).

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* 3. For your desired data or sample types, what level of preprocessing or preliminary characterization would be most useful?

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* 4. Which existing data distribution facilities do you rely on for your research (e.g., IRIS, UNAVCO, EarthChem, OpenTopography, SESAR)? Where do you usually share your data and where do you obtain data collected by others?

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* 5. What are the characteristics of a data distribution system (e.g., online archive or physical repository) that are most important to facilitating your research?

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* 6. What would be effective ways to inform you and others in the volcanology community of opportunities to benefit from community volcano observations and opportunities to participate in or leverage fieldwork activities at community volcanoes?

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* 7. What do you imagine would be effective ways to involve students and early career scientists in a Community Volcano Experiment? (e.g., short courses, course materials based on COVE data, mission logistics assistantships, liaisons to communities and observatories)

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* 8. What would be effective ways to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers using COVE resources for data analysis and modeling? (e.g., workshops, webinars, topically-focused working groups)

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* 9. What would be effective ways to engage local government agencies in COVE?

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* 10. Please provide any other comments you have regarding the execution of potential community volcano projects.

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