The VolFilm project
Film is a very effective tool for communicating knowledge about volcanic hazards and risk. Two videos were produced about 20 years ago by IAVCEI, which were used among populations, authorities and volcano observatories for education purposes, and likely saved many thousands of lives. These have been excellent resources for the past 20 years, but technology has progressed, and developments have been made in understanding volcanic hazards and communicating science. There is therefore a need for updated film media and consideration of new, popular and widely used communication platforms such as the internet and mobile phones. VolFilm is addressing this need.
The project sees the development of short, educational films. We have used a modular approach, developing three types of films that can be watched individually or together on hazards, impacts and experiences. This modular approach means appropriate selections can be made for particular volcanic or societal settings.
The project has been undertaken in two phases. Phase 1 of the project saw the development of hazard and impact films on pyroclastic flows and lahars, as these are historically responsible for the greatest loss of lives in volcanic eruptions. In Phase 2 films on lava, gas and explosive eruptions have been created, alongside experiential films on pyroclastic flows, ash fall and lahars.
VolFilm is funded through the Challenge Fund: a partnership between the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID); the Vetlesen Prize Fund that was awarded to project lead Steve Sparks, and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).