The Volcano Global R isk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA) aims to create a global database of volcanic activity, hazards and vulnerability information that can be analysed to identify locations at high risk from volcanism and gaps in knowledge about hazards and risk. This will allow scientists and disaster managers at specific locations to analyse risk within a global context of systematic information. It is this added scope of risk and vulnerability as well as hazard, which sets VOGRIPA apart from most previous databases. The database is complementary to the database of the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution.
VOGRIPA is the project that designs, collates and analyses volcanic hazard and vulnerability databases on behalf of GVM. The project was initiated through funds from Munich Re, European Research Council and NERC (UK), but is now a collaborative effort of GVM, involving contributions from several of the partners. Work has been completed on a database of Quaternary large magnitude explosive eruptions (LaMEVE). Database work has also initiated on lava dome hazards, debris avalanches and lavas. Databases on tephra fall hazards, pyroclastic flows and lahars are being planned.
The project aims to provide a global resource on volcanism that will complement regional and local information. It is anticipated that such a resource would be of use to the scientific community, civil authorities with responsibility for mitigating and managing volcanic hazards, and the public.
The LaMEVE database is now publically available at www.bgs.ac.uk/vogripa and is fully searchable and downloadable using a GIS-enabled web interface. Users may suggest changes or additions to the data through contacting the database manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.