October 2009 updates
1) The fabulous PubVolc initiative is doing a great job helping to make research available to the worldwide community of volcanologists and related scientists, including those from poorer countries. Congratulations to Ed Llewellin of Durham University for this work.
2) In August, the United States Geological Survey announced that it has received US ~$15 million in 'Recovery funding' for improved volcanic monitoring. Earlier in 2009, USGS volcanologist Marianne Guffanti gave a model response to political criticism - catchy, concise, non-political and persuasive: "We don't throw the money down the crater of the volcano and watch it burn up..." ....(in reference to aviation) "fewer people are delayed and standard business is resumed quickly."
3) The WOVOdat project got underway in earnest this year with a ''baton-passing" visit in February for the pilot team to hand over to the new team. Visit the WOVOdat site for further updates.
4) Also in February, CVGHM Indonesia hosted a remote sensing workshop involving scientists from USGS, the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Michigan Technological University, and PHIVOLCS. The workshop was designed to help kick-start a new remote sensing group within the organisation, and asked the question 'Where might remote sensing add value to CVGHM operations and/or research'?
5) www.EcuadorVolcanoFieldGuide.com has been developed to provide professors, volcanologists and tourists with the necessary resources to plan volcano-oriented excursions throughout the Ecuadorian Sierra (field camps, spring break geology trips and weekend outings alike). It has not been constructed by a guide service, though it promotes a select few. It has been drafted by individuals who have experience teaching and working throughout the Sierra in cooperation with the Instituto Geofísico- an Ecuadorian geophysical institute responsible for monitoring volcanic unrest in the region. Links on the homepage map will take the viewer to volcano-specific web-pages where field guides, field exercises, pictures, maps, publication lists, and other relevant information has been made available free-of-charge to the public (Site Developers Branden C. Christensen and Karen S. Harpp)
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