International VulcanaSymposium

The international VulcanaSymposium on the Canary Islands’ submarine volcanology organised by @IEO-CSIC and @GeoTenerife takes place annually in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This symposium brings together leading researchers, emergency managers and students to share their research and knowledge of submarine volcanology and adjacent fields.

This symposium is organised for GeoTenerife’s MarineSci Camp. MarineSci Camp is an annual training programme run by GeoTenerife in association with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC) that includes residential training onboard their research vessel monitoring underwater volcanoes of the Canary Islands. For further details see the GeoTenerife MarineSci Camp.

The symposium is an open-access event that’s streamed live to online delegates from around the world. Scientists, members of civil protection and researchers (including ECRs) from a range of local, national and international institutions and organisations share their research allowing in-person and virtual delegates to interact with them in extensive Q+A sessions after each session. 

Session 1

  • Eugenio Fraile Nuez (IEO-CSIC) “Long-term oceanographic monitoring over the two most recent eruptions in the Canary Islands: Tagoro submarine volcano (El Hierro) and Cumbre Vieja (La Palma)”
  • Antonio Álvarez Valero (Universidad de Salamanca) “From magma source to eruption under Tagoro volcano (El Hierro, Canary Islands): Reading the sentences written in the rocks of the 2011-2012 submarine event”
  • Pablo J. González (IPNA-CSIC) “El Hierro Island: a volcanology community vision after 10 years of its latest submarine eruption”
  • Omaira Garćia Rodríguez (CIAI-AEMET) “IARC-AEMET activities during the 2021 La Palma volcano eruption”

Session 2

  • Sam Mitchell (University of Bristol/IAVCEI Chair of submarine volcanism) “Incomplete records, data opportunities, and equitable research in marine volcanism”
  • Ajay Wynne Jones (GeoTenerife) “VolcanoStories, the power of science communication to engage, educate, and inform”
  • Jesús Alcázar Treviño (Universidad de La Laguna) “Acoustic detections of the lava seawater explosive interaction from the Cumbre Vieja eruption (La Palma, Spain)”
  • Jesús M. Arrieta (IEO-CSIC) “Impacts of the volcanic eruption in La Palma (Canary Islands) on the nearby marine bacterioplankton communities”

Session 3

  • Juan Tomás Vázquez (IEO-CSIC) “Quaternary deep water volcanoes and tectonics in the lower slope of the Canary Islands”
  • Ramón Casillas Ruiz (Universidad de La Laguna) “Materials and rock structures in submarine volcanic environment: characteristics and genesis. Examples of the 2021 La Palma eruption”
  • Montserrat Román Casamartina  (Gobierno de Canarias) “Emergency management in the Canary Islands. PEVOLCA – Volcanic crisis management”
  • Early career researchers:
    • Juan Pablo Martín Díaz (IEO-CSIC/Universidad of La Laguna) “Direct measurements unveil the spatial distribution of hydrothermal fluid flow, heat, and nutrient outflow at Tagoro submarine volcano (Canary Islands, Spain)”
    • Cláudia Pérez Barrancos (IEO-CSIC/ULPGC) “Shifts in microbial structure response to hydrothermal fluids from Tagoro submarine Volcano (El Hierro, Spain).”
    • Eduardo Díaz Suárez (IGN/ULL)“The pre-eruptive seismic series of La Palma 2021 through a fully automatic analysis”
    • Alba González Vega (IEO-CSIC/ULPGC) “Impacts of the formation of lava deltas from the Cumbre Vieja eruption on the marine environment”
    • Alejandro Román Vázques (ICMAN-CSIC) “Use of remote sensing techniques for volcanic eruption monitoring of the 2021 eruption of La Palma island, Spain”

Virtual and in-person attendees were encouraged to submit questions for any of the speakers in the Q&A held at the end of each session, which was moderated by  Sharon Backhouse, GeoTenerife.

Click on the name of the presenter to watch the session on Youtube

Session 1

  • Dra. Nieves Sánchez (IGME-CSIC, Spanish Geological Survey) “Geosciences applied to geohazards management: The example of La Palma eruption”.
  • Dr. Antonio Álvarez Valero (University of Salamanca) “From magma source to eruption under Tagoro volcano (El Hierro, Canary Islands): a petrologic, geochemical and physiographic overview of the 2011-2012 submarine event”.
  • Dr. Itahiza Domínguez (IGN, Spanish National Geographic Institute) “Volcano monitoring of the last two eruptions in the Canary Islands by IGN”.
  • Dr. Eugenio Fraile Nuez (IEO-CSIC, Spanish Institute of Oceanography) “Physical-chemical perturbations and biological response over the two most recent eruptions registered in the Canary Islands: Tagoro submarine volcano (El Hierro) and Cumbre Vieja (La Palma)”.

Session 2

  • Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell (University of Bristol and Chair of submarine volcanism group of IAVCEI):
    “A brief overview of the IAVCEI commission: International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior”.
  • Dr. Ramón Casillas (University of La Laguna) “Outcropping submarine volcanic rocks in the Canary Islands: genesis and meaning”.
  • Dr. Juan Tomás Vázquez (IEO-CSIC, Spanish Institute of Oceanography) “Submarine morphology changes during the 2021 La Palma eruption”.
  • Dr. Jesús M. Arrieta (IEO-CSIC, Spanish Institute of Oceanography) “Effect of volcanic inputs on marine microbial communities”.

Session 3

  • Dra. Ana Raquel Díaz (IPNA-CSIC, Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology) “Volcanic habitats for a singular bioprospection of marine bacteria”.
  • Dña. Alba González Vega (PhD Student at IEO-CSIC) “The submarine volcano Tagoro: physical-chemical changes in the marine environment”.
  • D. Juan Pablo Martín Díaz (PhD Student at IEO-CSIC) “First direct measurements of hydrothermal fluxes on the shallow submarine volcano Tagoro (El Hierro, Canary Islands): Preliminary results”.
  • Dña. Clàudia Pérez Barrancos (PhD Student at IEO-CSIC) “Experimental evidence of hydrothermal vent fluids fueling microbes at the submarine volcano Tagoro”.
  • D. Alejandro Román (PhD Student at ICMAN-CSIC) “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a tool for hazard assessment: The 2021 eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma Island (Spain)”.

Q+A Discussion

Virtual delegates were invited to submit questions in advance of the event which were raised at the final discussion panel. Moderators: Sharon Backhouse (GeoTenerife), Dr. Eugenio Fraile-Nuez (IEO-CSIC), Dr. Itahiza Domínguez (IGN), Dr. Ramón Casillas (ULL), Dra. Ana Raquel Díaz (IPNA-CSIC), Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell (IAVCEI).

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