EUROVOLC: Bringing the European volcanological community closer together
The European Network of Observatories and Research Infrastructures for Volcanology (EUROVOLC) is a H2020 Research and Innovation Project of the European Commission. It will construct an integrated and harmonized European volcanological community able to fully support, exploit and build-upon existing and emerging national and pan-European research infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures of the European Supersite volcanoes. The harmonization includes linking scientists and stakeholders and connecting still isolated volcanological infrastructures located at in situ volcano observatories (VO) and volcanological research institutions (VRIs).
For this purpose, 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. These activities will address four broad transversal Themes – ‘Community building, Volcano-Atmosphere interaction, Sub-surface progress, and Volcanic crisis preparedness and risk management’ of particular interest to the overall Earth Science community.
INGV is a full partner of the EUROVOLC project. Our team (about 50 people) contributes to this project through the participation in 16 Work Packages. More specifically, INGV leads six WPs and sixty Tasks. Our participation is on all project’s Themes (Community Building, Volcano-atmosphere interaction, Sub-surface processes, and Volcanic crisis preparedness and risk management). Furthermore, INGV contribute to the project management by coordinating all the Transnational and Virtual Accesses activities (12 WPs and 10 partners).
The EUROVOLC consortium includes volcano observatories 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. This consortium of VOs comprises all volcano observatories in Europe (see Figure below).
Detailed information on the EUROVOLC project and its latest developments, including Calls for applications for Trans-national and Virtual Access, can be monitored closely on the EUROVOLC website: https://EUROVOLC.eu. The EUROVOLC project can also be followed on social media through the dedicated #eurovolc and @eurovolc usernames on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook.
Geographical distribution of European volcanoes (red circles): on the European continents,
plus Canary islands (left) and in overseas countries (right)