This week BGS are leading a workshop at the 24th Colloquium of African Geology on a web-based system that we have been developing over the last 3 years on an EU-funded FP7 project alongside partners from across Europe. The European Volcano Observatory Space Services (EVOSS) project provides near real-time monitoring of volcanic eruptions. Our system provides processed data and delivers these via a web portal to users including volcano observatories.
EVOSS products include: thermal, deformation, ash, and sulphur dioxide data. During eruptions that affect large areas or threaten ground-monitoring networks, monitoring can be entirely based on satellite remote sensing. The coverage of EVOSS includes European Union territories, Africa, Caribbean and Iceland.
Our workshop participants represent volcano observatories from: Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Comoros Islands, Italy, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo and Djibouti. This one day workshop introduces the observatories to the EVOSS products including the sensors and science behind the processing, the validation of satellite products with ground-based systems, and instructs users in the use of the portal to access data during a volcanic eruption. EVOSS currently provides the only near real-time monitoring system for the ongoing volcanic activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Participants are providing feedback for future development of the EVOSS system so that it continues to be an essential monitoring tool during volcanic eruptions.
Dr Charlotte Vye-Brown