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Nominations for CoV10

Call for nominations for hosting CoV10 in 2018

EXTENDED: 31 July 2016 - Deadline for nominations for hosting CoV10 in 2018

EXTENDED: 15 September 2016 - Deadline for written proposals for hosting CoV10 in 2018
To have a proposal considered, a nomination must have been received by 30 July 2016 (EXTENDED)

Email proposals to the 'Commission Leader' at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Background: To date there have been eight “Cities on Volcanoes” meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to bring together volcanologists, city authorities, sociologists, psychologists, emergency managers, economists and city planners to evaluate volcanic crises preparedness and management in cities and densely populated areas.

In 1995 the “Volcanoes in Towns” meeting was held in Rome, Italy. From that developed the first “Cities on Volcanoes”, held in June-July 1998 in Rome and Naples, Italy with over 100 people attending. This was followed by the second in February 2001 in Auckland, New Zealand; the third in Hilo, USA in July 2003; the fourth in Quito, Ecuador in January 2006; the fifth in Shimabara, Japan in November 2007; the sixth in May 2010 in Tenerife, Spain; the seventh in Colima, Mexico, November 2012; and the most recent 9-13 September 2014, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The ninth is planned for Puerto Varas, Chile November 20-25, 2016.

Future Planning:

• CoV meetings are required to have a core focus on the links between volcanoes and society - especially cities. Community and disaster/emergency management participants are to be actively encouraged to participate and supported where possible.

• Future “Cities on Volcanoes” meetings will be evenly spaced between the IAVCEI General Assembly and IUGG meetings; they will continue to be held approximately every two years late in the year. • Venues for “Cities on Volcanoes” meetings will change for each successive meeting

• The venue for the ninth “Cities on Volcanoes” meeting to be held in 2018 will be selected by a Committee of the Cities and Volcanoes Commission.

• Brief nominations for hosting this meeting will close on 15 June 2016.

• Formal written proposals arising from these nominations are to be submitted by 15 August 2016 and must outline briefly:

o dates 
o venue for conference 
o locality (e.g. volcano characteristics, activity, exposed population, vulnerability, etc.) 
o transport options for international attendees 
o strategy to focus on cities and on volcanic risk mitigation
o session/programme ideas (e.g. session topics, plenary speakers, field trips) 
o arrangements for logistics and handling of these by the host country o potential sponsorship 
o preliminary estimates of the registration fees.

• The Commission Executive Committee will consider the proposals and may seek further details from the applicants.

The venue will be decided by a formal vote of the Executive Committee.

• The Commission will announce the next venue on 25 November 2016 at the Cities on Volcanoes 9 conference.

• The Commission will assist the hosting country where possible but organisational and financial responsibility rests with the hosts.

Important dates:

7 March 2016    Formal call for nominations for hosting CoV10   
31 July 2016    Deadline for nominations for hosting CoV10
15 Sept 2016    Deadline for written proposals for hosting CoV10
1 Oct 2016    Deadline for further information requests by Commission
31 Oct 2016    Deadline for further information submissions
20-25 Nov 2016   Meeting of the executive committee of the Cities and Volcanoes Commission to decide venue of CoV10
25 Nov 2016   Venue for CoV10 announced

Cities on Volcanoes 9 ‘Understanding volcanoes and society: the key for risk mitigation’

will be held from November 20 to 25, 2016 - in Puerto Varas, Chile

Click here for the website



Accessed via: http://www.citiesonvolcanoes9.com/

Abstract submission, July 15 2016

Early registration, July 2016

The Volcanic Ashfall Impacts Working Group 

was established in 2010 pursuing the following Themes:

1: More Effective Ashfall Warning Messages
2: Protocols for Ashfall Data Collection and Analysis
3: Checklist of Topics & Indicators to Collect Impact Data Following Eruptions
4: Ash Impacts Loss-damage Functions for Risk Calculations
5: Improve International Ashfall Impact/Preparedness Data -Image Repository - Communications

Volcanic ashfall continues to cause some of the most frequent, widespread, disruptive and costly effects from eruptions

PLEASE JOIN the group if you would like to actively work on any of these themes.
Contact the CaV Commission secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The working group arranges workshops to focus on specific activities under each of these themes.
It maintains a wiki and an email listserve for rapid discussion and the exchange of ideas.

Protocols for ash collection and analysis are an area of significant activity for the working group at present.

The group is currently also focussing on a revision and update of the volcanic ash impacts and preparedness web resource hosted by USGS at:

This working group is aligned to the Cities and Volcanoes Commission of IAVCEI

Journal of Applied Volcanology

The Cities and Volcanoes Commission is pleased to announce a new Springer open access journal.

The Journal of Applied Volcanology


Journal of Applied Volcanology is an international journal with a focus on multi-disciplinary applied research and the societal impacts related to active volcanism. The journal aims for rapid publication of research papers at a high scientific level.

Research topics covered by the journal include; understanding the impacts of volcanoes on communities, improving risk management and enhancing community mitigation, preparedness, response to and recovery from volcanic hazard events; development of analytical instruments and methods; new proxies and lab techniques; methods of observation; and tools and techniques for remote sensing.

The journal welcomes proposals for special issues reflecting the trends in volcanology and other related disciplines.