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Workshop & Science Planning for the Evaluation, Monitoring and Communication of Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in East Africa

August 17-20, 2009
ICTP - Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall, Trieste, Italy

Final White Paper - Advanced Workshop on Evaluating, Monitoring, and Communicating Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in East Africa

A workshop and business meeting that convened for US, African, and European scientists to develop and enhance plans for investigations of processes leading to volcanic eruptions and large earthquakes in continental rift zones, with emphasis on the evaluation, monitoring and communication of volcanic and seismic hazards in East Africa. The two-day workshop (August 18-19) and associated planning/business sessions (August 17, 20) provided strategic guidance to the international community based on lessons learned from natural hazards in Africa and elsewhere.

NSF provided funds for US participants to travel to Trieste for the workshop and science-planning meeting. These preceded a two-week professional development course for African geoscientists supported by ICTP, ICSU, African Union, Royal Society/NERC, and UNAVCO in Trieste, Italy.

The workshop goals were to establish a new initiative for cooperation in East Africa, to design programs to comprehensively evaluate and monitor the time and length scales of plate boundary and volcanic deformation, and to develop networks for exchange of ideas and expertise. In so doing, participants augmented and strengthened research plans, ensuring the broadest impact with future volcanic and seismic hazard-related projects. The science and planning results fed directly into the international workshop.

Organizing Committee:

  • Cindy Ebinger, University of Rochester
  • Eric Calais, University of Purdue
  • Abdelkarim Aoudia, ICTP, Italy
  • Gezahegn Yirgu, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • UNAVCO PI: M. Meghan Miller

Speakers: Ross Stein, Robert Tilling, Simon Carn, Andy Nyblade, Giday WoldeGabriel, Roger Buck


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