The Planning for the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction
(MCS) Research Collaboration Network (RCN) is a community effort
that was funded by NSF in September of 2018 as part of the
We organize workshops and webinars as well as support virtual
collaboration among scientists studying subduction across all
spatio-temporal scales. The goal is to prepare for a Modeling
Collaboratory for Subduction, a new center for data-integrative
modeling, including physics-based, decadal-scale hazard assessment
for earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
The MCS RCN is run by a steering
committee and locally organized by
Becker at UTIG, UT Austin. For any questions,
We would like to announce the first of our three workshops,
which will focus on fluid and magma transport modeling in a
subduction zone context. We aim to bring together a diverse
selection of modelers and earthquake and volcano scientists to
synthesize existing modeling efforts and identify the
disconnects and knowledge gaps between fluid migration models of
various spatial and temporal scales. This workshop will be part
of a larger effort to realize an integrative modeling framework
for earthquake and volcano systems.
The meeting will take place from May 29 to June 1, 2019 at
the University of Minnesota. Further details and an application
to participate will be released in mid-January 2019, but for
more info and to join our mailing list, please email
- The SZ4D MCS RCN kickoff meeting was held on December 9,
2018, in Washington DC. A report is forthcoming.
- Dr. Gabriel Lotto to join as administrative lead in October 2018!
This RCN is intended to plan the specifics of a Modeling
Collaboratory for Subduction Zone Science (MCS) within the
SZ4D effort, and explore the science
questions centered around developing physical models of short to
long-term deformation associated with the megathrust and arc volcano
systems, including and up to rupture and eruption.
An effective MCS will be capable of integrating the constraints
from international subduction zone observatories (i.e. heterogeneous
sensor networks), as well as field and laboratory work into a
physics-based, systems-level modeling framework that allows analysis
of earthquake and volcano generating processes in subduction zones.
Such an ambitious goal requires developing new tools, integration
of formerly separate modeling efforts, evaluating approaches for
crossing spatio-temporal scales, and identifying the knowledge gaps
that limit our understanding of the multiphysics processes related to
subduction zone hazards. This RCN will foster, guide and focus the
discussion of possible pathways for establishing an MCS through a
number of efforts, including a series of targeted, in-person
workshops and a webinar series on cyberinfrastructure needs and
The MCS will provide the platform to empower breakthroughs in our
understanding of the interactions between the short and long-term
subduction dynamics processes that shape the planet. In particular,
numerical simulations of physical models representing subsets of the
subduction system will be built and queried for how they interact, and
which boundary conditions and feedbacks need to be incorporated for a
more complete understanding of each component.
The MCS may also further insights into how interseismic, possibly
preparatory processes, of volcanic and megathrust earthquake systems
can be interpreted in a predictive way, with implications for hazard,
forecasting, and early warning. The new scientific interactions
enabled and supported by this RCN can form the first steps toward
building the MCS. In particular, this RCN will serve to identify
knowledge gaps and serve to evaluate the tools and strategies needed
to implement an MCS that is capable of leveraging the rich data sets
from international subduction zone observatories to create a new
generation of multiphysics and multiscale models.
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