EUROVOLC: Bringing the European volcanological community closer together

EUROVOLC Project Description

The European Network of Observatories and Research Infrastructures for Volcanology (EUROVOLC) project facilitates communication and integration within the European volcanological community, bringing together the wide range of disciplines necessary for effective volcanic research (e.g. seismology, physical volcanology, geodesy, geochemistry, petrology, rock and fluid mechanics, earth observation, meteorology, social sciences and informatics), European Volcano Supersite e-infrastructures implemented in the FUTUREVOLC and MED-SUV projects and a test bed for validation of new models and integrated techniques.

Collaborative research will be carried out, best practices and procedures developed, networking and communication between research institutes, volcano observatories, civil protection and Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres improved on, and training resources for the public and young researchers developed.

There are over 60 active volcanic systems in Europe and European overseas territories including Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Reunion and Tristan da Cunha. However, because of increased globalisation and international supply chains, Europe is also vulnerable to eruptions worldwide. Therefore, there is also a need for the European volcanological community to provide a coordinated response to global volcanic events.

EUROVOLC will carry out Networking and Joint Research activities and offer Trans-national and Virtual Access to the main European Volcano Observatories and Volcano Research Infrastructures through 25 work packages. These activities will address four broad transversal Themes:

  1. Community building
  2. Volcano-Atmosphere interaction
  3. Sub-surface progress
  4. Volcanic crisis preparedness and risk management

Latest news and Announcements

Etna: Paroxysm at the South-East crater on the day of Saint Lucia

By Boris Behncke. Among the various eruptive manifestations of Etna in Sicily, one of the most characteristic is episodic lava fountaining, known also as “paroxysms”. In most cases, the Etnean paroxysms produce tall lava fountains and lava flows, which rapidly expand in the summit area; eruption columns often rise up to more than 10 km

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EUROVOLC project extended by 10 months!

On the 2nd of December the project office received the approval of the European Commission for a 10 month extension of EUROVOLC, thereby changing the project‘s end date to the 30th of November 2021. This is certainly good news, since many activities suffered delays caused by the extensive travel restrictions and other risk factors imposed

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Project structure

The project is categorised into 4 main themes, containing tasks of Networking, Joint Research and Trans-national/Virtual Accesses through 25 Work Packages. To explore themes, activities and outcomes of the collaboration, press the image. 


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