The 2008 Collapse Calderas Workshop

"Reconstructing the evolution of collapse calderas: Magma storage, mobilisation and eruption"

Querétaro, Mexico

October 19-25, 2008




Gerardo J. Aguirre-Díaz: Centro de Geociencias, UNAM, Querétaro, México;
Joachim Gottsmann: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK;

Scope of the workshop:

The workshop is dedicated to the exploration of our current understanding of processes related to the formation and the behaviour of collapse calderas. Following up on the 2005 calderas workshop held in Tenerife (Spain), the new workshop provides a continuation of community efforts towards increasing our understanding of caldera volcanism. The 2008 workshop will have a focus on geological aspects of caldera studies but at the same time aims at integrating other disciplines such as geophysics, magma physics, hazard assessment, risk mitigation, economic prospecting and exploration as well as mathematical and analogue modelling. As in 2005, the fundamental spirit of the workshop is to provide a cross-boundary interdisciplinary platform for discussion and knowledge disssimination.

Hotel Misión La Muralla, Querétaro, Mexico, which is a Spanish-colony time hacienda of the 18th century, about 70 km to the south of Querétaro City, in central Mexico. We will be located within the central sector of the Miocene-Quaternary Mexican Volcanic Belt province, in a strategic site close to several collapse calderas that we will visit during the workshop, including Amealco, Donguinyó-Huichapan, and Amazcala.


Meeting point:
Meet at Terminal A of the Querétaro City bus station (Central de Autobuses de Querétaro) on October 19th. Chartered coaches leave at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM for
Misión La Muralla hotel..