Volcanic Unrest in Europe and Latin America
Start: October 1, 2011
Duration: 48 months
University of Bristol (UK)
University of Leeds (UK)
Geophysical Institute (Ecuador)
Seismic Research Unit (Trinidad and Tobago)
Our knowledge of the causative links between subsurface processes, resulting unrest signals and imminent eruption, today, is inadequate to deal effectively with crises of volcanic unrest.
The VUELCO project consortium has come together for a multi-disciplinary attack on the origin, nature and significance of volcanic unrest from the scientific contributions generated by collaboration of ten partners in Europe and Latin America. Dissecting the science of monitoring data from unrest periods at six type volcanoes in Italy, Spain, the West Indies, Mexico and Ecuador the consortium will create global strategies for 1) enhanced monitoring capacity and value, 2) mechanistic data interpretation and 3) identification of reliable eruption precursors; all from the geophysical, geochemical and geodetic fingerprints of unrest episodes.
EC Press Release
22 September 2014
"Volcanic eruptions are notoriously difficult to predict. Ground-breaking research by EU-funded scientists on the signs of volcanic unrest aims to improve eruption forecasts. Their work on the best ways to communicate such alerts could also help save lives."
Scientific Advice, Decision Making and Risk Communication
Bárdarbunga Volcano Erupts
(Photo credit: Dr Richard Roscoe, Photovolcanica.com)
Icelandic stratovolcano Bárdarbunga has been active in recent months with seismic activity and lava eruptions from a fissure.
The GVP database provides information on the latest activity as well as eruptive history of the volcano.