||Earlier this year, HVO commemorated the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1912 with an open house, a new publication, and a poster contest for Hawaiʻi Island students.
The occasion of HVO's centennial also provides opportunities for USGS and other volcanologists to reflect on how far our understanding of Hawaiian volcanoes and earthquakes has come, and to also consider the direction of research during the next 100 years.
On August 20-24, 2012, more than 150 scientists from around the world will gather on Hawaiʻi Island to participate in "Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface," a Chapman Conference convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), as proposed by HVO and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo scientists.
The conference will include presentations by current and former HVO staff, USGS scientists, University of Hawaiʻi researchers, and other U.S. and international volcanologists. The meeting is organized to follow magma from its mantle source, along its transport through subvolcanic plumbing systems, to eruption at the surface, as learned from past and ongoing research.
The final day of the conference will be devoted to identifying the important questions still to be answered about Hawaiian volcanoes and discussing how studies in Hawaiʻi can be used to better understand volcanic processes elsewhere.
AGU will publish "Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface," a volume of scientific papers by the Chapman Conference presenters and attendees, in the coming year.