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COV, Cities of Volcanoes, Mexico

COV7 in picturesIn November 2012, GVM’s international team travelled to Colima, Mexico to take part in the Cities on Volcanoes 7 conference.  The international nature of GVM’s work in volcanology was evident during the following presentations:


Your Community Needs You: The Global Volcano Model Network (Sue Loughlin)

Analysis of The Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database (Sarah Brown)

Interfaces between hazard assessment, risk assessment, and risk mitigation (Chris Newhall)

WOVOdat For Comparison of Volcanic Unrest Behavior (Antonius Ratdomopurbo)

Volcanic ash and civil aviation during the eruptive activity of Popocatépetl Volcano (México) (Hugo Delgado Granados)

Human thermal injury and environmental impacts due to heat in dilute pyroclastic density currents (Peter Baxter)

Integrating mineralogy, geochemistry and toxicology for the rapid determination of the respiratory health hazard of volcanic ash: results from 10 eruptions. (Claire Horwell)

The 2012 eruption of Tongariro, New Zealand: eruption precursors and scenario planning (Gill Jolly)

Global volcanic unrest in the 21st Century: An analysis of the first decade (Jo Gottsmann)

Tristan da Cunha: trialling expert elicitation for appraising eruption hazards in an ill-defined volcanic setting (Jenni Barclay)

Does volcanology work? Evidence from the volcanic fatalities record. (Melanie Auker)

Asia-Pacific Region Global Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Risk Management (G-EVER) project and the proposed next-generation real-time volcanic hazard assessment system (Shinji Takarada)


There was a meeting about WOVOdat attended by WOVO members and others interested in the project to discuss progress, data management policy and the future funding and plans. The meeting also included discussion about the upcoming Volcano Observatory Best Practice workshop, WOVO’s current task forces and analyses being undertaken.

There were discussions with some IAVCEI commissions and working groups including ‘Tephra Hazard Modelling’, ‘Mitigation of Volcanic Disasters’ and the ‘International Volcanic Ashfall Impacts Working Group’

GVM Steering and Management Committee Meetings

The future development of GVM was discussed during its Management and Steering Committee meetings, including the progress of task forces, new members GeoScience Australia, Seismic Research Centre (UWI), National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)), Iceland Meteorolological Office and the University of Iceland all joining the GVM network, availability of secondments and the task of publicising GVM’s work throughout Africa.

COV is an event for scientists and the general public who can all participate in the roundtable sessions. COV aims to integrate groups of geoscientists, the general public and all those involved in aspects of risk evaluation and mitigation. During the week there were four symposiums with oral presentations, posters and discussions. Sessions of scientific and non-scientific interest aimed to achieve a clearer understanding of volcanic risk mitigation.


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