Analogs to Volcanic and Volcano-Sedimentary Features in Satellite and Rover Images

May 15-22, 2013

     Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

                         presented by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and NASA Geology and Geophysics Program


    This field workshop is sponsored by NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PG&G), and will be based on Kilauea Volcano, Hawai‘i. We will study volcanic features analogous to those on Mars that have been imaged recently by MOC, THEMIS, HRSC, and HiRISE and the MER and MSL rovers, comparing their field appearance to their appearance in remotely-sensed images. Volcanic features amenable to such study include lava flows, eruptive vents, pit craters, and small faults. Volcano-sedimentary features include gully-wash and landslide deposity of both primary volcanic material (ash) and lava debris. The workshop will be almost exclusively field-based, with excursions (by vehicle and by foot) to locations on Kilauea and Mauna Loa that are particularly instructive with regard to their value as Mars analogs. Pele willing, we will also observe active lava flow emplacement on the current flow field. This is a FIELD workshop, and there will be some long (perhaps rainy and/or hot) hikes - be forewarned and be prepared!

    This workshop is intended for NASA PG&G- and MDAP-, and MFRP-funded senior graduate students and post-docs who already have a background in volcanology and are working on Mars volcanology problems, but are in need of field experience on real volcanoes. All expenses (including travel to and from Hawai‘i) will be covered, although it will be done on a reimbursement basis. Please note that although US citizenship is not required, all applicants MUST be students at, or employees of, a U.S. University or Institution, AND their current study or work must be funded by NASA’s PG&G or MDAP, or MFRP Programs. Because space is limited, preference will be given to graduate Students, but post-docs may also be accepted. Previous Planetary Volcanology Workshop participants cannot be considered.


Workshop Leaders

Dr. Scott Rowland
Scott has over twenty years of experience studying basaltic lava flows and  is an expert  in applying remote sensing techniques to this study. He has been a leader and organizer on all of the previous workshops. Scott has also been instructing classes in geology, volcanology, remote sensing, GIS, and field methods for the past fifteen years.

Dr. Sarah Fagents
Sarah is an expert in the numerical modelling of volcanic processes with emphasis on the effects of Martian conditions on lava water interactions. She is also an accomplished field geologist.

Dr. Bruce Houghton
Invited "Guest Volcanologist" and MacDonald Professor of Geology, Bruce is one of the world's experts on explosive volcanism, particularly basaltic volcanism.

Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark
Peter is an accomplished planetary  and remote sensing volcanologist and  will provide insights into the planetary analog portions of the workshop.