GWB Earth Day 2021 Webinar

Hear from GWB Project Leads’ work in Indonesia (tsunami preparedness) and Guatemala (volcano early warning system)


  • Assessing, Communicating and Reducing Risk of Geophysical Hazards in Indonesia Details
  • An international partnership to develop volcano monitoring capacity in Guatemala Details

Speaker Bios

Ron Harris

Dr. Ron Harris is a Professor of Geological Sciences at BYU, who specializes in mountain building processes and associated geological hazards. He was born and raised in Oregon and received his BSc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon. He obtained a Masters Degree in Geophysics from the Geophysical Institute of Alaska, and a Ph.D in Geodynamics from University College London in the U.K. He has published 75 papers, books and been invited to give >100 talks throughout the world.

Ron has worked for oil, mining, and environmental companies, for the US Geological Survey, and with the governments of several developing countries. His pioneering research involves advances in natural disaster mitigation. Ron is the founder of the non-profit organization “In Harm’s Way” that identifies areas of the world most vulnerable to natural disasters, and works with community-based organizations in these areas to assess and communicate risk, and implement effective disaster risk-reduction strategies, Thousands of lives have been saved!

Silvio De Angelis

Silvio De Angelis is a Professor at the University of Liverpool in the UK. After receiving a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Bologna in Italy, he worked for earthquake and volcano observatories in the US and the Caribbean, including the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Alaska Earthquake Centre, Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network, and the British Geological Survey and Montserrat Volcano Observatory. During these years he worked on the design and implementation of technical and software solutions for earthquake and volcano real-time monitoring and early warning.

In 2012 he started his tenure at the University of Liverpool, where he has been since. His current research focuses on the use of seismic and acoustic data to understand and monitor volcanic eruptions and volcanic processes, as well as gravity driven flows such as lahars, pyroclastic density currents, landslides and avalanches. In recent years he has explored the application of Artificial Intelligence methods, in particular to the automatic detection and classification of earthquakes in volcanic and geothermal environments using Machine Learning techniques.