SZ4D News and Call for Participation

Join the SZ4D Community!

Hello from the SZ4D Research Coordination Network (RCN) Steering Committee! We sent this to SZ4D’s mailing list already, but many GeoPRISMS folks are not on that one (or losing it to spam filters).

First, SZ4D has a brand-new website! Please visit for information and the opportunity to join Thematic Interest Groups, described below. You can also join the SZ4D listserv there if you haven’t already.

You are probably aware that SZ4D is a new community-driven, bottom-up initiative in the U.S. research community to investigate physical and chemical processes at subduction zones  through both space and time, with an explicit focus on the fundamental processes underlying geologic hazards such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. From now through 2021, the mission of the SZ4D RCN is to coordinate the development of the SZ4D Initiative, turning the conceptual SZ4D Vision ( into a unified community plan for a long-term Program. While NSF has committed to funding this initial SZ4D planning and development effort, it remains for us to convince them to establish a new program by producing a stellar plan with broad and deep community support!

This is where you come in! We ask you to go to the website and look at the information on the four Interest Groups there (listed below with Steering Committee contacts):

  • Faulting and Earthquake Cycles (E. Brodsky and D. Shillington)
  • Magmatic Drivers of Eruption (D. Roman and T. Plank)
  • Landscapes and Seascapes: Surface Processes & Subduction (A. Duvall and G. Hilley)
  • Developing International Partners (H. Tobin)

Please sign up for one or more of the Interest Groups, even if you are already on our mailing list! We will use these groups to organize focused online forums and discussions in the near future.

Call for Working Group (Self) Nominations

Furthermore, we are convening corresponding Working Groups of 12-20 individuals that are tasked with engaging the community’s priorities and developing the written white papers that will make up the SZ4D Implementation Plan that will be presented to potential funding agencies. Members will be selected by the Steering Committee based on self-nominations and potential contribution to this effort. The Working Groups will meet for the first time in person in late January to kick off this critical job. If you are interested in committing to two-years of service on one of the Working Groups to canvass the community, synthesize priorities and write documents, please send a one paragraph statement of interest and 2-page CV to the above relevant named steering committee contacts (email addresses on the website), ideally by November 27, 2019.

Finally, look for us at AGU in the SZ4D Town Hall on Thursday evening at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and in our SZ4D sessions on Friday!

Harold Tobin (for SZ4D RCN Steering Committee)
twitter: @SZ4D1