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December 2012

Extreme Global Natural Hazards and Their Impacts: Dec 8-12, 2012

GeoRisk commission has proposed to organize its First Conference at Chapman University during December 8-12, 2012. It is proposed to invite scientists from developing countries and countries which are most vulnerable to various types of natural hazards or faced extreme events in recent years. Oral and Poster papers on various aspects of natural hazards will be presented in four days conference. The proposed conference will help scientists to exchange scientific knowledge about different natural hazards which are occurring different parts of the world with different geological and geophysical environment. … read more

November 2012

Cities on Volcanoes 7, 19-23 November 2012

In November 2012, GVM’s international team travelled to Colima, Mexico to take part in the Cities on Volcanoes 7 conference. Read more and view pictures …

Website: Cities on Volcanoes


September 2012

MIAVITA 11-12 September 2012

MIAVITA meeting on Integrated Approaches for Volcanic Risk Management

Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany, 11-12 September 2012

This conference served as the final workshop of the MIAVITA project, a 7th Framework Programme project funded by the European Commission. The aims were to present innovative tools and integrated cost-effective methodologies to mitigate risks from various hazards on active volcanoes. The emphasis was on interdisciplinary integration between different domains (e.g. inputs of social approaches in risk mapping methodologies) and also integration between the three phases of risk management (e.g. information systems designed to be used for both risk mapping and crisis management). It was hoped that this conference could facilitate exchanges between specialists of different domains.

The sessions covered hazard and risk mapping methodologies, monitoring methods, vulnerability and resilience of human communities and activities, environmental vulnerability and post-eruptive recovery, information management and decision support, and the management of volcanic crises. There were a total of 43 talks across the 2 days and 15 posters.

Sian Crosweller attended the meeting and presented a summary of the current status of VOGRIPA as well as an introduction to GVM to encourage further participation. There was a great deal of interest from participants who are also constructing databases in relation to volcanic hazards, and it is hoped that these can be developed in synergy with VOGRIPA databases to ensure they are harmonious.
More information on the MIAVITA project is available at

July 2012

GeoHazard Symposium: Moscow, July 17-19 2012

A US government to Russian government GeoHazard Symposium will take place in Moscow on July 17-19, 2012. Co-conveners are Evgeny Gordeev, Director Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Russian Academy of Sciences and John Eichelberger, Program Coordinator, Volcano Hazards Program, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Participating agencies are the Ministry of Education and Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), and RosHydromet on the Russian side and USGS, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the US side.

The group will work to identify key collaborative actions to mitigate risks from earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions in the trans-border Kamchatka – Alaska region. If successful, a broader workshop involving academic, business, and community sectors as well as government agencies will be held next year.

April/May 2012

First Steering Group & Management Meeting of GVM

BGS Offices, Edinburgh, 30 April and 1 May 2012

An international event attended by delegates from around the globe.

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Volcano Observatory Best Practice Workshop 2011

International School of Geophysics, Erice (Sicily), 11-15 September 2011.

National Volcanic Hazard Projects 2010

INGV-DPC 2007-09. Roma, 6-9 July 2010.


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