Soriano, C., Riggs, N., & Giordano, G. (2020). Editorial: Subaqueous Volcanism, From Ancient Successions to Modern Volcanoes and Modelling . Frontiers in Earth Science . Retrieved from


Understanding the processes and products of subaqueous volcanism has been traditionally based on the study of ancient successions and deposits; only a few studies are based on deposits from recent subaqueous eruptions and fewer yet on the direct observation of underwater eruptions. This situation has rapidly changed during last decades of the twentieth century and first decades of the twenty-first century, during which scientific and technological development has allowed an increasing exploration of the sea floor. Understanding of subaqueous volcanism has benefited from such exploration and from an increasing number of studies on modern volcanoes under the sea. As a result, the processes and products of subaqueous eruptions are now much better understood than ever before. Nevertheless, the study of ancient volcanic successions around the world still is a major source of models for subaqueous eruptions and, together with experimental and numerical modeling, is a major contribution to our understanding.

The present Research Topic showcases current trends in research on subaqueous volcanism, with a dominance of oceanographic surveys aimed toward the study of modern volcanoes and their deposits by using a number of techniques such as different types of underwater vehicles (AUVs, ROVs) and of high-resolution sonar bathymetries.

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