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Boulder, Colorado, USA: Geoscientists from the North American Cordilleran region will convene in Honolulu, Hawai'i, on 23-25 May, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Topics include hazards, geoarchaeology, water resources and water quality, geothermal exploration, and the application of emerging technologies to the geosciences. The meeting will also address the geology of Mars and volcanism on other planets.

Field trips during the meeting include two trips to Kilauea, which has been erupting almost non-stop since January of 1983. There will be a visit to the summit area, which has a rich history of explosive and effusive eruptions related to different stages of caldera development. Another trip will take participants to the major volcano-structural features, including the active lava lake within Halema'uma'u crater, as well as active surface flows and the ocean entry.

On Oahu, there will be two trips to explore its volcanic history, to the younger Ko'olau and the older Wai'anae shield volcanoes. Erosion and catastrophic avalanching have exposed shield-building and caldera-filling flows and dikes. Many of the localities feature prominently in Hawaiian epic stories.

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into 1 symposium and more than 30 themed sessions covering an array of geoscience disciplines.

Coastal Hydrology: Impacts of Natural and Anthropogenic Change

Tuesday, 23 May, 8:30 a.m.,
Session Highlight
Reef Plants Show that Groundwater Discharge is a Major Source of Anthropogenic Nitrogen for Coastal Ecosystems in Hawaii, Contact: Daniel William Amato, [email protected]

New Developments in the Geology and Geochemistry of Mars: In Memory of Nathan T. Bridges

Tuesday, 23 May, 8:30 a.m.,
Session Highlight
Surprising Geologic Processes of Mars: Earth-Like Geomorphologies May be Deceiving, Contact: Alfred S. McEwan, [email protected]

Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the Earth, Ocean, Planetary, and Life Sciences

Wednesday, 24 May, 1:30 p.m.,
Session Highlight
Unmanned Aircraft Applications for Active Volcano Monitoring, Contact: Nicolas R. Turner, [email protected]

Pacific Coastal Processes II

Wednesday, 24 May, 1:30 p.m.,
Session Highlight
Failure of Hawai'i Coastal Management Policies, Contact: Alisha K. Summers, [email protected]

View the complete session schedule at

Complete meeting information (including local contacts):


Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2015 or 2016.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 26,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

Media Contact

Christa Stratton
[email protected]

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