The EUROVOLC consortium includes volcano observatories (VO) in Europe responsible for surveillance of volcanoes and for providing advice on their activity in Italy, Iceland, Portugal (the Azores), Greece (volcanic islands) and France (overseas territories), as well as additional partners responsible for providing advice to authorities on volcanic risk and hazard such as the British Geological Survey as a part of NERC). This consortium of VOs comprises all volcano observatories in Europe. The volcanological research institutions (VRIs) complement the VO with high level research on volcanic processes, and together the partners form the appropriate consortium to achieve the objectives of this proposal, including full exploitation of complementarities as a key issue. The team includes world-class expertise in atmospheric dynamics, volcanic ash dispersion and sedimentation processes, remote sensing of ash clouds and infrasound signals from subaerial eruptions, and estimation of the volcanic source term required for accurate ash dispersion modelling. The consortium includes specialists focused on subsurface processes, representing petrology and magmatic processes, volcanic gases, ground deformation, fracturing of the crust and satellite data analysis. The project team includes world-class modelling facilities, which are being offered as virtual or trans-national access opportunities for European scientists and, critically, several partners have considerable expertise in hazard assessment. The coordinator (IMO) provides warnings and forecasts of natural hazards and is well suited to lead the consortium because of existing connections with all partners via previous extensive European collaborative projects, including active participation in the EPOS-IP project. INGV is the largest VO involved, working on all the active volcanoes of Italy, and has a leading role in the overall coordination of EUROVOLC together with the IMO. The consortium includes industrial partners, including Landsvirkjun power company in Iceland with their extensive experience of geothermal utilization. Together the EUROVOLC consortium is capable of creating an integrated and harmonized European volcanological community capable of addressing the trans-national aspects of volcanic hazards and risk, as well providing the framework to new exciting frontiers in multi-disciplinary innovation e.g. considering the integration of volcano and geothermal research and monitoring. Participation in EUROVOLC of the Industrial partner Landsvirkjun is as a data provider and not a developer or user of technologies. However the developed technologies within the project may benefit their operations of the geothermal utility.
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Kristín Vogfjörð from Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is the coordinator of the EUROVOLC project. The PC is the executive director of the project and contact person for the project towards the Commission, media and stakeholders. The PC is responsible for the execution and management of the project, for liaisons between governing bodies within the project, and for reporting of progress to the Commission and to the Consortium.
The Steering Board (SB) is the executive body of EUROVOLC. It is responsible for the executive management of the project, monitoring of activities, development, integration and information flow, from and within the project. The SB reviews quarterly the status of the project and may propose major revisions of the project to the Commission and GA, to reach the desired project outcome. The SB is chaired by the PC and consist also of the 3 Activity Coordinators who also serve as WPL and two additional WPL.
Kristín Vogfjörð, the PC, is the Activity Coordinator (AC) of the Networking team. Freysteinn Sigmundsson from University of Iceland (UI) is the coordinator of Joint Research and Giuseppe Puglisi from Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) the coordinator of Trans-national and Virtual Access. The ACs are responsible for the coordination between the Activities of their team and for coordinating interaction with other components of the management structure. The ACs are members of the SB and give briefings on the status of work at SB meetings and inform the team of decisions taken by the SB.