The 7th international workshop on the Japan- Kurile-Kamchatka-Aleutian volcanic arcs, among the most volcanically and seismically active areas on Earth, will be held August 25th -30th, 2011 in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. The region includes transitions from ocean-ocean to ocean-continent convergence, arc rifting by oblique convergence, an exceptional subduction "cusp", and a newly defined micro-plate.
The conference provides interdisciplinary discussions rather than separate concurrent sessions. A special discussion will focus on how we can extend geophysical monitoring and improve crisis response through bilateral and/or trilateral initiatives. Field trips to some of Kamchatka's active volcanoes will be offered in conjunction with the meeting. The annual two-week, for-academic-credit, International Volcanological Field School will be held immediately before the workshop, so that students and scientist/teachers can attend both.
JKASP convenes biennially, rotating through Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Sapporo, and Fairbanks. It provides a unique opportunity to meet many other scientists and students working in the far northern Pacific, as well as an excellent introduction for those who wish to become involved in research in this exciting region.