Tongariro Day : a workshop to discuss scientific advances at the Tongariro National Park volcanoes, Department of Conservation Turangi, 29 October 2009 : abstracts

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Jolly, A.D.; Keys, H. (eds) 2010 Tongariro Day : a workshop to discuss scientific advances at the Tongariro National Park volcanoes, Department of Conservation Turangi, 29 October 2009 : abstracts. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 32 16 p.

Abstract: The Tongariro National Park volcanoes have provided a strong focal point for research over the past several decades. With two major volcanic centres (Tongariro and Ruapehu) and two historically active vents (Ruapehu Crater Lake and Ngauruhoe) the park offers excellent opportunities to learn how volcanoes work. But the park is also a magnet for people, drawing tourists and adventurers from all over the world. This inevitably places people in close proximity to these potentially hazardous areas. While research can be driven by pure curiosity, the hazards that the public face in Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area testify to the applicability of such research to park managers, civil defence, government and the public. Park management interacts with research on volcanoes in numerous ways including minimising and mitigating human impact, concession and recreation management, public and infrastructure safety, Treaty of Waitangi matters and claims settlement, biodiversity and landscape protection, facilitation of research management, advocacy for appropriate sustainable durable solutions to management challenges and setting the right precedents. The Tongariro Day workshop, held at the Department of Conservation offices in Turangi on 29 October 2009, provided an opportunity to present this research to those stakeholders who manage this natural resource. In the past year, New Zealand based volcano research at Tongariro National Park has been highly varied, including work in volcanic deposits and their provenance and distribution, sub-surface magma processes, eruption processes, flow processes of lava flows, earthquakes in volcanic environments, eruptive histories, ground deformation studies, analysis of risk and in the social sciences. This body of work shows that New Zealand based researchers are collaborating across groups and disciplines and within the international arena. The workshop also presented the science community with new opportunities to interact and develop collaborations going forward. As a final note, the work presented at the Tongariro day workshop revealed some of the challenges associated with presenting complicated and highly specialised information to a target audience with sometimes different specialisations, skills and experiences. It is a simple fact in the science community that successful research requires a high degree of specialization, knowledge and skills. But imparting that information so that it is understandable to a varied non-specialist audience requires great skill and careful preparation. The workshop organisers want to thank the speakers for their dedicated efforts to make their work accessible to the target audience. (auth)