Expert Group on Antarctic Volcanism

Volcano Monitoring & Volcanic Hazards

AntVolc contact: Adelina Geyer (

  • Encourage acquisition of annually complete geophysical records on active volcanoes and related geochemical data (e.g. plume gases, fumaroles)
  • Improve monitoring technology and work towards attaining real time data
  • Think about applying the types of monitoring activities at Erebus to other volcanoes with persistent activity, such as the lava lake on Saunders Island (intermittent presence; potential target for test but more challenging location)
  • Encourage preparation of hazard maps for active Antarctic volcanoes where they don’t exist, e.g. Erebus, Melbourne (both with human populations nearby, large for Antarctica), and ideally for more remote volcanoes such as Berlin, Siple, Rittman, Pleiades, Takahe. Deception Island is the only active Antarctic volcano with existing published comprehensive hazard assessments
  • Evolve the ability to mobilize a hazard- or alert-driven assessment during a volcanic crisis
  • Create ways of responding quickly by being able to take advantage of existing instrumentation & expertise to study any new activity
  • Establish close links & interaction with remote sensing community to respond quickly to alerts
  • Establish as a priority a protocol for responding to any potential volcanic threat
  • Create a practical route for quickly disseminating relevant information during any volcanic crises to appropriate stakeholders (e.g. tourist industry (IAATO), national science stations)