A collaborative research project that could significantly improve our understanding of the processes behind volcanic unrest and our ability to forecast its outcomes has been awarded almost §3.5 million by the European Commission.
The project - ’Volcanic unrest in Europe and Latin America: Phenomenology, eruption precursors, hazard forecast, and risk mitigation (VUELCO)’ - is coordinated by Jo Gottsmann from the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences.
In addition to nine other partners from Europe and Latin America, the project involves many Bristol scientists, including Alison Rust, Professor Jon Blundy, Fiona Whitaker and Richard Brooker in the School of Earth Sciences , Tom Scott in the Interface Analysis Centre and Ryerson Christie in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies.† The project will bring nearly §900,000 to Bristol.
VUELCO’s international multi-disciplinary consortium will combine fundamental research into the causes and effects of volcanic unrest with uncertainty assessment and probabilistic forecasting to improve communication, decision-making and management during periods of unrest and imminent eruption.
By studying the geophysical, geochemical and geodetic fingerprints of unrest episodes at volcanoes in Italy, Spain, the West Indies, Mexico and Ecuador, the consortium will create global strategies for enhanced monitoring capacity, mechanistic data interpretation and the identification of reliable eruption precursors.