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VirungaThe GVM Collaborative Partnership is an international network project with Partners and Sponsors throughout the globe:

The University of Bristol and BGS-NERC are the project coordinators through the NERC funding offered by the
International Opportunities Fund. Bristol University is leading the VOGRIPA volcanic hazard database through funding from the European Research Council.

AIR Worldwide is a scientific leader and respected provider of catastrophe risk modelling software and consulting services to insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions, government entities and corporations worldwide. Research and development remains the cornerstone of AIR’s business, driven not only by the scientific rigor of its models, but by anticipating client needs and developing new products and services that help shape the direction of the industry. Volcanic risk is largely a non-modelled peril within the insurance industry at present, and AIR is seeking to improve understanding in the field, in part through support of the Global Volcano Model. AIR’s experience with successful large collaborative research initiatives leaves them well placed to offer advice on the organisation of this project. Longer term, the research generated by the GVM will advance knowledge and facilitate development of tools to quantify and manage volcanic risk to the insurance industry.

ALVO The Latin American Association of Volcanology (ALVO) was formally established November 7, 2010, in Manizales, Colombia. Its creation was announced during the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. During this conference, with the participation of delegates from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

BGS-NERC … read more

CAPRA is a Disaster Risk Information Platform for use in decision-making that is based on a unified methodology and tools for evaluating and expressing disaster risk. Building on—and strengthening—existing initiatives, CAPRA was developed by experts to consolidate hazard and risk assessment methodologies and raise risk management awareness.

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CIMNE The International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) is a research organization created in 1987 at the heart of the prestigious Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) as a partnership between the Government of Catalonia and UPC. The aim of CIMNE is the development of numerical methods and computational techniques for advancing knowledge and technology in engineering and applied sciences. Over the last decade CIMNE has been highly involved in natural disasters risk assessment studies, providing state-of-the-art methodologies on disaster risk computation and management for the insurance market, multilateral institutions and governments.

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) is hosting the WOVOdat project, to compile the collective experience of volcano monitoring into a web-accessible, fully searchable relational database. Tables include a wide variety of seismic, deformation, gas, hydrologic, thermal, and other parameters. It complements, and links to, the Smithsonian VOWO4 and Bristol’s VOGRIPA databases. WOVOdat will be useful for reference during volcanic crises, and for research on processes leading to volcanic eruptions. EOS is also exploring ways to improve long- and short-range forecasting of ash potential.

EPOS (European Plate Observing System)

The Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) is developing one of the world’s most advanced volcano databases (the Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan). GSJ has supported VOGRIPA, and GVM will greatly benefit from the expertise at GSJ. GSJ also promotes Asia-Pacific region global earthquake and volcanic eruption risk management (G-EVER) project. G-EVER aims enhancing collaboration, sharing resources, and making information about risk from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Geophysical Institute University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) is a partner with
major experience of monitoring and hazard assessment of volcanoes in the Pacific NW, particularly
tephra fall and dispersion.

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Geoscience Australia is playing an important role in developing models, methods, information and tools to analyse hazard, risk and impacts in Australia, as well as building scientific capacity within government and technical agencies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Regional Risk Section manages, and is a key provider of, Geoscience Australia’s technical expertise and advice on natural hazard risk analysis to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the department responsible for Australia’s aid program. Development of natural hazard risk information is the key focus of support to the Australian Aid program, in line with DFAT’s Disaster Risk Reduction policy.

GNS Science is responsible for monitoring all the volcanoes (as well as earthquakes, tsunami and landslides) in New Zealand under the GeoNet Project funded by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission. GNS Science also provides advice information to the Wellington VAAC in the wider south-west Pacific. GNS Science are leading the New Zealand Natural Hazards Research Platform, which provides a co-ordinated approach to natural hazards research, funded by the NZ government. Key aims are to address “all peril probabilistic risk assessments”, which aims at comparing risk between the different perils (volcano, earthquake, tsunami, land instability, weather hazards). Their work includes developing databases on volcanic hazard, vulnerability and risk, studies of social impacts and assessing volcanic risk around New Zealand and overseas.

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IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior)

Icelandic Met Office … read more

INGV ( is the largest European public research institute entirely dedicated to research and surveillance in volcanology and seismology, with over 450 full-time scientists and 210 technicians, and over 130 post-docs and scholarship holders involved each year. INGV is the reference institution for the National Civil Protection Department for monitoring of seismic areas and active volcanoes in Italy, and leads the official programs for seismic and volcanic hazard assessment promoted by the Italian government. INGV is also the reference institution for the Italian Ministry of Education, Research and University for geophysics and geo-hazards, and a world-leading institution for fundamental research on the physics of the Earth interior, earthquake generation process, and volcano dynamics. INGV has a long-standing experience in project coordination at national and European level, including the very recent successful EPOS (European Plate Observing System) proposal to update the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures released by ESFRI (European Forum for Research Infrastructures).

IVHHN The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN, Durham University, UK) is the umbrella organisation for all research and public information on volcanic health hazards. Established in 2003, the website ( acts as a portal for contacting over 30 expert members in fields ranging from volcanology to toxicology and public health. During volcanic crises, the expert members collaborate to carry out rapid analyses of volcanic ash to determine the potential respiratory health hazard, enabling immediate public health advice to be given. The website also has up-to-date information on current eruptions and downloadable guidelines and pamphlets (in many languages) on preparation for ashfall and the health hazards of volcanic emissions. IVHHN is an IAVCEI Commission and hosts frequent workshops and symposia at meetings and conferences.

Munich RE Our business model is based on the combination of primary insurance and reinsurance under one roof. We take on risks worldwide of every type and complexity, and our experience, financial strength, efficiency and first-class service make us the first choice for all matters relating to risk. Our client relationships are built on trust and cooperation.

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI, Oslo, Norway) has great expertise in hazards and use of GIS systems for mapping hazard and risk. They are the preferred organization for providing information for the World Bank and UN ISDR. NGI thus brings to GVM access to UN and World Bank population, infrastructure and economic data needed to map exposure and vulnerability as well as links to two key international agencies.

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RMS (Risk Management Solutions)

Seismic Research Centre (UWI) ( is the regional institution responsible for surveillance of and fundamental research into volcanoes and earthquakes for the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean. It operates the largest geophysical monitoring network in the Caribbean region and provides the governments of 9 contributing territories with accurate and up-to-date information about earthquake, volcanic and other geologic activity. The research undertaken by the UWI-SRC is focussed on developing a better understanding of the geologic processes at work in the Caribbean so as to reduce risk and promote sustainable development. To this end, the UWI-SRC also plays an active role in promoting geologic hazard awareness. UWI-SRC works closely with the national Disaster Preparedness Coordinators (or their equivalent) through whom it reports directly to the contributing governments. It also works with civil society groups and other scientific monitoring organisations.”

The Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program (GVP) is housed in the Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, in Washington D.C. Devoted to a better understanding of Earth’s active volcanoes and their eruptions during the last 10,000 years, the mission of GVP is to document, understand, and disseminate information about global volcanic activity. GVP does this through four core functions: reporting, archiving, research, and outreach. The data systems that lie at our core have been in development since 1968 when GVP began documenting the eruptive histories of volcanoes.

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (UB), through the Center for Geohazards Studies ( leads the NSF-funded VHub project which will support GVM with online resources and host secondments, and is involved in basic volcanology research and hazards applications related to a variety of volcano types around the world; Buffalo will collaborate on the development of hazards databases and modeling tools.

UNAM The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) plays an important role in Mexican volcanology. Renowned volcanologists from several departments at UNAM participate in basic volcanological research but also assess the different levels of the Mexican government for hazards assessment related to the volcanic activity all over the country. In particular, UNAM interacts very closely with the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) of the Ministry of the Interior. Several volcanologists at UNAM form part of scientific committees for the assessment of the eruptive activity from Popocatépetl and Colima volcanoes. Some UNAM scientists are considered to assess or form part of working groups facing volcanic crises at other Latin American countries.

University of Bristol … read more

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The School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh has growing strength in the area of volcanology adding breadth to an established research group on Natural Hazards. There are natural synergies between the research efforts and expertise of our group and that of the Global Volcano Model Network, including several of our ongoing research projects in the area of volcanic hazards. Members of our group are also committed VHub developers/users and lead ongoing efforts involving developing technical content relevant to GVM goals, providing training in the use of the tools and collaborations with hazard mapping projects run by volcano observatories. Of particular importance for the goals of GVM, is that online tools can be used by organizations such as governments or volcano observatories in developing countries, where computational resources might be limited. The newly formed IAVCEI Commission on Volcanic Hazards and Risk is also run by leadership from our group. One of the initial objectives of this commission will be to undertake a comprehensive review of current practices in volcanic hazard mapping and hazard and risk assessments and provide a set of best practice guidelines. The initial phase of this effort will be concurrent with GVMs own commitment to provide the volcanic risk evaluation of the 2015 UNESCO Global Assessment of Risk, and we anticipate mutually beneficial cross-fertilization between these efforts. … read more

University of Iceland … read more

University of South Florida (USF) faculty members have expertise in volcanology, volcano seismology, geodesy, hazards process modeling and statistical methods. USF have worked closely with GSJ and Bristol to integrate Japanese data on explosive eruptions into LaMEVE.

USGS As the United States’ largest water, earth, and biological science and

civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves the Nation by providing reliable
scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize
loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water,
biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our
quality of life. The USGS Volcano Hazards Program advances scientific understanding of volcanic processes and lessens the harmful impacts of volcanic unrest and eruptions. This work occurs largely at the five US volcano
observatories which monitor active and potentially active volcanoes,
assess their hazards, respond to volcanic crises, and conduct research
to issue “timely warnings” of potential volcanic hazards. The USGS
also operates the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, co-funded by
the USAID OFDA, which provides technical support, expertise, and
crisis response assistance to volcanic countries around the world.

Willis and Munich re-insurance companies, together will provide opportunities through
meetings and secondments to understand the requirements of the insurance industry.

WOVO (World Organisation of Volcano Observatories) WOVO is an organization of and for volcano observatories of the world. Members are institutions that are engaged in volcano surveillance and, in most cases, are responsible for warning authorities and the public about hazardous volcanic unrest.

ERC, GFDRR, NERC, GRIP, UN ISDR are all enthusiastic project supporters who will provide input as end-users and in
some cases research partners.

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