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A workshop on identifying the physical and human infrastructure needs to support subduction zone field geoscience

SZ4D Field Deployment Workshop at GSA

Plan to attend this pre-GSA in-person workshop to provide input on the physical and human infrastructure resources that the field geoscience community needs to be able to address the biggest research questions in subduction zone science.  We hope for participation from all disciplines that collect or use field geoscience data in their subduction-related research.


Applications for this in-person workshop are due September 9. Applicants will be notified of the results by mid September. Funding will be available to offset the costs of lodging and travel, with priority given to early career scientists. 


Saturday, 8 October 2022 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Coffee, snacks, and lunch provided.


Hyatt Regency Denver at CCC, Centennial Ballroom H.  (Hotel associated with the GSA conference)


There is limited infrastructure to support field data collection. Such support is required to collect the large-scale data needed to answer SZ4D research questions, to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, to engage effectively and respectfully with local groups and scientists, and to accelerate the pace of research reliant on field data. The community has expressed needs for: 1) Support for logistical coordination, travel, and instrumentation. 2) Facilities and support for local sample processing and analysis. 3) Management of hazardous activities and emergency situations. 4) Support for the collection, archiving, and distribution of publicly available data and samples. 5) Facilitation of respectful communication and interaction with local stakeholders. 

What to expect

At this pre-GSA workshop, SZ4D seeks input from the scientific community to discuss the needs, opportunities, and challenges in developing a community-based field program, and the infrastructure needed to support such a program.  


Be prepared to discuss and provide input on questions such as:

  • What logistical challenges have you had while collecting field data, or while trying to begin field work in a new area?

  • What types of physical or human resources do field geoscientists need to collect data more efficiently, or need to be able to collect “big data” sets?

  • How well do you integrate your field-based science into the work of others in your own discipline or across disciplines? What are the existing barriers to doing this?

  • If resources were available to help you with the above items via a community research program, what would you be willing to give back to help support that program and its scientific objectives?

Organizing Commitee

Christine Regalla (Northern Arizona University)

Nathan Niemi (University of Michigan)

Adam Kent (Oregon State University)

Heather Savage (UC Santa Cruz)


9:00 – 9:30 | Introduction from conveners, Nathan Niemi, Heather Savage, Adam Kent, Christine Regalla  


9:30-10:00 | Breakout 1


About you and your experiences ( ~5 min per person) 

1. Your name/ affiliation, what are your research interests, what kinds of field data do you collect

2.  Either: an example of phys/human infrastructure support you need/want to be more effective or more efficient in your research?  ~Or~ if you work in a program that has this support, briefly explain what it is and what the benefits are. 


10:00-10:30 | coffee break

10:30-12:30 | Breakout 2:  How to answer research questions 


10:30-11:30 | 1 hr work in your designated group on your question

11:30-12:00 | 30 min rotate to other groups boards, comment 

*designate a group ‘leader’ to report back with a ~5 min summary

12:00-12:30 | report back 

        - what ideas did you group come up with?   Any overlaps with other groups?


Summary of Research Questions

  • What data do we need to collect to understand what controls the speed and mode of slip in space and time?

  • What data do we need in order to understand the geomorphic and landscape response to forced perturbations (climatic, tectonic, or volcanic)?

  • What data do we need to collect, to understand how faults interact in space and time?

  • What samples and data would be needed to understand the processes that initiate eruptions?

  • What would be the best approach for obtaining samples and supporting field data required to assess the threat to populated regions from future volcanic eruptions?

  • How can we understand the feedbacks between stress, fluid flow, and rheology, and how they impact seismogenesis, volcanic eruptions, and mass movements?

  • How can the geologic record be used to understand subduction zone processes beyond the timescale of a single event?



12:30-1:30 | lunch  


1:30-2:30 | Presentations from CONVERSE and IODP, Q&A

  • CONVERSE – Tobais Fisher

  • IODP – Leah Levay and Angela Slagle

2:30-3:00 | coffee break

3:00 - 4:00 | BREAKOUT 3: Implementation strategies


Given your data collection plan, and what you have heard from IODP, CONVERSE, your peers, how would we actually implement your data collection plan?  What would it take to transform from an individual or small group lead approach to a large collaborative approach. What would it take to do that?

*each group needs a scribe and someone to report back 


  • Q1: What are the priority infrastructure needs to support SZ4D work?  

  • Q2: What are some potential strategies to foster large scale, interdisciplinary data collection and collaboration?  

  • Q3: Community contributions: If you had the benefits of participating in the above programs what would you be willing to give back? 


4:00 – 5:00 | report back and group discussion

5:00 | adjourn

Code of Conduct

The SZ4D is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas and is dedicated to maintaining a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants, no matter their function or their background. This includes respectful treatment of everyone.


All participants are required to abide by the Code of Conduct

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