April 15, 2013
White Papers Due
May 15, 2013
May 28-30, 2013
(see below for full schedule)
Drilling Active Tectonics and Magmatism:
Volcanics, Geoprisms, and Fault Zones Post-SAFOD
May 28-30, 2013, Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City, Utah
James P. Evans, John W. Shervais, Virginia Toy, James Kirkpatrick, John C. Eichelberger, and Amanda Clarke
The forces originating deep within the active Earth are often expressed at the Earth's surface, where they have a profound
effects that impact human societies. These effects result from the development of mountain ranges, rift valleys, and major
continental suture zones. On a more local scale, they are expressed as active faults with slip ranging from a few meters to
hundreds of kilometers and volcanoes that range from individual volcanoes to large volcanic chains or fields.
Understanding how fault systems and volcanoes operate is crucial to mitigating these hazards, yet studying young or active
systems is difficult because the processes of driving them take place hundreds or thousands of meters below the surface.
Although the deeper parts of faults and volcanic plumbing systems may be exposed by erosion in older terranes, information
on active processes can only be inferred. In young active terranes, critical relationships are still hidden beneath the Earth,
and require deep scientific drilling to be studied.
This workshop will explore how to guide the US Continental Scientific Drilling Program to investigate active tectonic
processes as expressed by faults, volcanoes, and volcanic provinces. This workshop will build upon the scientific success of
recent efforts such as SAFOD (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth), the Chelungpu fault drilling project, the Alpine Fault
drilling project in New Zealand, the Gulf of Corith project, the Unzen volcanic drilling project, and the Hawaiian Scientific
Drilling Project (HSDP).
Participants will be expected to help define significant scientific justifications for examining the active tectonics and magmatic
processes related to faults and volcanoes that can be addressed by a coordinated program of continental scientific drilling
and related site investigations. Workshop participants will be asked to prioritize these processes, and to propose the types of
faults and volcanoes that would be targeted by these efforts. We envision these efforts to comprise interdisciplinary program
objectives that can be directly related to on-going NSF initiatives (e.g., Geoprisms; IRIS; Earthscope), and which can be
applied at a range of scales, from localized fault systems to plate boundary faults, and from small monogenetic vents to
super-volcanoes and volcanic terrains. These issues have previously been examined within the context of a U.S. continental
scientific drilling program, along with other science issues that can be addressed by drilling (Walton et al 2009, 2010;
Brigham-Grette et al 2011). These documents will provide a basis for the present workshop.
Our goal for this workshop is to examine these issues in detail and to provide a roadmap of key science objectives and
specific projects that address the most pressing issues in active tectonics drilling. To that end, we recommend that aspiring
participants prepare and submit a 1-2 page White Paper that highlights a key science objective or a specific drilling target
that addresses the workshop objectives. These white papers should identify a team of proponents, and the lead proponent
should attend the workshop. Please take note that white papers are encouraged but not required for participation. White
papers can be uploaded when completing your on-line application. During the workshop we will try to amalgamate these
proposals into a master document. Thus, an additional benefit to participants will be to stimulate collaboration toward similar
proposed research goals.
Link to White Papers: Click here
Link to Previous Scientific Drilling Workshop Reports:
All potential participants are requested to complete the application form with their contact information and a brief statement of
interest in the workshop which addresses how continental scientific drilling applies (or could apply) to their research;
applicants are also requested to note whether or not they will be submitting a White Paper. Potential participants who do not
submit White Papers are requested to complete the application form, however, proponents of specific drilling targets will be
favored for support. Researchers will be invited to participate in the workshop on the basis of their research summary, and we
will attempt to cover participation expenses from participant funds. Participant support funds are limited, so please apply
early and let us know what your (realistic) anticipated expenses will be.
International Applicants: The workshop is to help plan USA involvement in scientific drilling, so should focus on projects either
with a USA-based partner investigator, or based in the USA. If your plans fit that category then you should apply to attend,
but please be aware that we may only be able to offset accommodation expenses and pay a per diem, rather than offer full
travel support. If not, it might be more appropriate to submit your plans to a similar, more globally-focused initiative to prepare
a White Paper about scientific drilling associated with the ICDP conference in November.
Early career scientists and scientists from under-represented groups are encouraged to participate.
April 15, 2013
White Papers Due
May 15, 2013
Park City is easily accessible from the Salt Lake City International Airport (code: SLC) by a variety of shuttles, about 45-60
minutes each way. We cannot reimburse for car rental.
To minimize expenses and maximize participation, all participant rooms will be double occupancy. Single occupants will
require participant to cover half of the room charge. Per diem will be at USU rates, with deductions for meals provided. We will
attempt to cover all travel costs, but cannot guarantee full reimbursement as funds are limited.
The schedule is based on participants arriving on Tuesday afternoon/evening, working together for two full days
(Wednesday-Thursday), then with most participants departing on Friday morning. The Steering committee will remain on
Friday to draft a workshop report and position paper.
Tuesday Evening 28 May
Participants arrive late afternoon, Icebreaker reception evening. Dinner on own.
Wednesday - All Day 29 May
Session 1 - Overview; Drilling Fault Zones; Review of techniques, challenges; summary of recent projects.
Session 2 - Drilling Magmatic Systems: Volcanoes, Arcs, LIPS; Review of techniques, challenges; summary of recent
Session 3 - Plenary wrap-up leading to afternoon breakout groups
Session 4 - Breakout Group Discussions
(a) Defining future research goals in fault zone drilling
(b) Defining future research goals in active magmatic systems
(c) Defining future research goals in geodynamics
(d) Data systems for drilling faults and volcanoes
Session 5 - Day 1 Synthesis of Breakout Group Discussions
Thursday - All Day 30 May
Session 6 - Short Presentations on White Papers: Fault Zone Drilling
Session 7 - Short Presentations on White Papers: Volcanic Terrane Drilling
Session 8 - Data systems; Protocols for Description, Sampling, and Archiving Core and Samples.
Session 9 - Breakout Groups: Choosing and Prioritizing Specific Sites and Targets
Session 10 - Discussion and Synthesis
Dinner - participants on their own
Friday - Morning 31 May
Participants depart, Steering Committee stays to draft workshop report.
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