W.15 | EUROVOLC: European Network of Observatories and Research Infrastructures for Volcanology


Kristín S. Vogfjörd | Icelandic Meteorological Office, Iceland vogfjord@vedur.is
Sara Barsotti | Icelandic Meteorological Office, Iceland 
Sue Loughlin | British Geological Survey, UK
Rosella Nave | INGV, Italy

Date: September 2
All day
Number of participants up to 50

With over 60 active volcanic systems in Europe and numerous others in the EU member states’ overseas territories, volcanic hazards present an acute threat to Europe. Predicting, preparing for and recovering from volcanic disasters and disruption therefore is a pressing concern, where the European volcanological research community plays a key role in mitigating the volcanic risk and in providing key scientific information and interpretation during eruption crises. Advances in volcanological research and monitoring can therefore lead to improvements in risk assessment and crises management, with significant positive impacts on European society. In practice however, these advances do not happen efficiently due to the fragmentation of the European volcanological community and the limited time-frame of individual research projects retarding knowledge transfer from them to the wider community. Harmonization of practices is further impeded by the lack of community test beds for model testing and cohesion in the community is complicated by the wide variety of disciplines in Earth and atmospheric sciences comprising the volcanological community.
The recently launched H2020 infrastructure project EUROVOLC (2018-2021) was established to advance towards overcoming the fragmentation through Networking and Research Activities specifically aimed at (i) enhancing knowledge transfer within the community by integrating the widely distributed Volcano Observatories and Volcanic Research Institutions carrying out research and monitoring of European volcanoes; (ii) enhancing communication and knowledge transfer between the community and its stakeholders, i.e. hazard managers, the public; (iii) establishing access to volcanological data from Observatories and Research Institutions; and (iv) opening Virtual and Trans-national access during EUROVOLC to the multidisciplinary Observatory and Research Infrastructures themselves. To maintain and sustain the achievements made during EUROVOLC, the project will exploit and build-upon existing and emerging national and pan-European research infrastructures, such as the e-infrastructures of EPOS and the European volcanological supersites, FUTUREVOLC and MED-SUV and will seek to establish collaboration with existing community working groups and IAVCEII commissions. The workshop will focus on topics like community building, communication, outreach and more.

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