Designing a Subduction Zone Obs. Initiative: Community Input to the SZ4D Research Coord. Networks

Date/Time & Location

Thursday, October 10th from 10:30-12 PM in the Galleria South Room


Harold Tobin, Univ. of Washington
Diego Melgar, Univ. of Oregon


In late 2018, NSF funded three linked Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) for the Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions (SZ4D) effort. The objective of all is to convene a broad spectrum of the research community to shape plans for a potential interdisciplinary, multi-agency, and international decadal scale research effort as a potential “next big thing” in the post-Earthscope, post GeoPRISMS era. The SZ4D Umbrella RCN is to develop community consensus and design a viable plan for a significant infrastructure program (new field campaigns at a large scale on- and off-shore), a P.I.-enabling coherent and focused science program crossing geoscience disciplines, and a research network with effective outreach. The Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction (MCS) RCN is charged with developing a n organized modeling community around SZ4D themes and developing the elements of the infrastructure/science program that rely on simulation. Finally the CONVERSE RCN (Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response) is specifically tasked to develop researcher response capability for volcanic events and a coherent suite of response tools. The goal of this SIG will be to inform the SAGE/GAGE community of recent developments in the SZ4D RCN activities and solicit input into the planning process.