2022 RVTEC Meeting

November 1st, 2022 to November 3rd, 2022
Seattle, WA or Virtual

Options to participate will include in person in Seattle, WA and virtually on Whova.com

COVID Mitigation Strategy

  • We ask that you take a PCR test prior to traveling to Seattle if possible, if a PCR is not available in your area, please take a rapid test.
  • Three rapid tests will be provided to all in-person attendees at check-in. Please take one before leaving for the meeting in the morning and if you test positive, remain at the hotel. You will still be able to attend the meeting virtually from your room with a laptop or phone.
  • Masks will be required in the venue with regular breaks built into the schedule to get out of the building, speakers will be able to remove them for their presentations. Some masks will be available at the venue.

Register here: 2022 RVTEC Registration

Keynote Presentation

An Underwater Wired Volcano:  Eruptions, Hot Springs and Life

Dr. Deborah S. Kelley

University of Washington

This presentation focuses on the largest and most active underwater volcano off our coast ‘Axial Seamount’. This volcano hosts the worlds’ most advanced, instrumented submarine observatory, the NSF’s Ocean Observatories Regional Cabled Array (RCA) and is directly connected to the terrestrial Internet through >500 km of high power and bandwidth fiber optic cables. Through extensive use of stunning high-resolution video imagery and from data streaming in live from the cable, this presentation will tell the story of the connection between volcanoes, hot springs and novel life forms that thrive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. 
On April 24, 2015 the cabled observatory lit up as the volcano awoke for the third time since 1998. Over 8,000 earthquakes occurred in 24 hrs. This seismic crisis was concomitant with a 2.4 m collapse of the volcanoes’ summit, marking the start of the eruption. Over 30,000 acoustic events delineated explosions as lava spilled onto the seafloor forming multiple flows, one of which reached 127 m in thickness. Microbial life streamed from the cooling lava and covered the glassy surfaces. Fountains of gas-rich lava issuing from seafloor fissures deposited ash on RCA instruments and salt-rich fluids originating from beneath the seafloor spilled into the caldera. Data streaming in 24/7 from the RCA show that the volcano is once again poised to erupt.  
The RCA is maintained during intense, annual operations and maintenance cruises lasting ~ 35-45 days using the UNOLS global class ships and the ROV’s Jason and ROPOS. Each year, >200 instruments are recovered and reinstalled on the cabled seafloor network and on cabled state-of-the-art moorings hosting instrumented profiling vehicles. All data are available to a global audience through the OOI data portal.

A ship deck crowded with orange oceanographic equipment

The registration website is available! Register here: 2022 RVTEC Registration

A Block of rooms has been reserved at Graduate Seattle

Reservations can be made online, please visit the following link:  2022 RVTEC 

Or you can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 206.634.2000 between the hours of 8a.m. – 7p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 4p.m. on Saturday and Sunday or by emailing requests to smujan@graduateseattle.com.  To guarantee rate and room type, please ensure the name of the group, arrival date, and any other information needed is given at the time of reservation.

Group Names is: 2022 RVTEC

First date of arrival is: 10/31/2022

Last date of departure is: 11/04/2022

Room rate is $176.00

Please be careful to check the dates you are reserving. The booking website automatically ends the reservation on the 11/4, so if you want to leave 11/3 you will have to change the dates. 

The room block for RVTEC has been extended until 10/15/22. Please make your reservations before this date to ensure you get the per diem rate.

Getting Around

Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) is the primary airport for the area and there is a light rail that runs from the airport to the hotel. When arriving at the airport, follow signs for "Link" or "Light Rail". It is a 50 minute ride to the U District Station and a 1 block walk to the north. Google Directions.

The meeting will take place at the Alder Hall Auditorium. It is a short 10 minute walk or there are several busses available. Google Directions.

All Significant meeting locations can be found on this Google List.

Graduate Seattle Hotel

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Alder Hall Auditorium, Meeting Location

1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Marine Sciences Building, Reception November 1st

1501 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98195

Burke Museum, RVTEC Dinner November 2nd

4303 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105



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