BGS Research — Volcanoes

Disasters caused by natural hazards, many of which are exacerbated by climate change, are increasing in frequency and intensity and have been affecting many countries over recent years. The exposure of persons and assets in all countries has increased faster than vulnerability has decreased, thus generating new risks and a steady rise in disaster-related losses, with significant impacts in the short, medium and long term.

The EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) plays a key role in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and beyond. The operational hub of the UCPM is the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), which is responsible for the coordination of response to emergencies associated with natural disasters.

All Risk Integrated System TOwards Trans-boundary hoListic Early-warning — European Natural Hazards Scientific Partnership (ARISTOTLE-ENHSP) is a project financed by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (EC DG-ECHO) that delivers multi-hazard advice to the ERCC. In particular, ERCC:

  • coordinates preparedness and response activities between EU member states
  • is a reference point to get reliable and science-based information before, during and after an emergency
  • is the 24/7 point of contact for the EU’s Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) arrangements

The European Natural Hazards Scientific Partnership (ENHSP) is led by the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and the German Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) and currently involves sixteen partners across Europe, bringing together scientific and operational experts on the following hazards:

  • earthquakes
  • flooding
  • forest fires
  • severe weather
  • tsunami
  • volcanoes

We are part of the volcanoes hazard group, in collaboration with INGV and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). We provide an overview of global volcanic activity and related impacts within this group.

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