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Project 713 - Changing the paradigm in observational volcano science: Community plan for the Global Volcano Observatory (GloVO) Initiative

Brief outline of the project

The current paradigm in observational volcano science comprises relatively short duration in-depth studies of a small number ‘laboratory volcanoes’, and decentralized volcano monitoring handled by individual government agencies. For progress in both fundamental research and eruption forecasting, there needs to be a paradigm shift in how we collect and analyze multiparameter ground-based observations at volcanoes worldwide. To this end, we seek funding to allow volcanologists from developing countries to participate in an international workshop, to be held in late 2020, aimed at planning the Global Volcano Observatory (GloVO) initiative.

The GloVO initiative is aimed at obtaining standardized, long-term observations from a diverse suite of volcanoes worldwide. GloVO is ultimately envisioned as a global network of multi-parameter instrument packages with real-time open-access data and automated first-order data processing, operated by an international consortium.

The GloVO initiative, which would build on existing observational networks worldwide, has the potential to transform the nature of fundamental research in volcano science and to lead to vast improvements in our ability to forecast hazardous eruptions. As most of the world’s active volcanoes are located in developing countries, substantial leadership and input from scientists in these countries during GloVO planning is critical to ensure its success.


Related information

  • Duration: 2020-2021
  • IGCP Theme: Geohazards


  • Project Leader: Dr. Diana C. Roman (USA)
  • E-mail: droman(at)
  • Address: Carnegie Institution for Science, Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, 5241 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015