Status: Complete

International Partnership to Develop Volcano Monitoring Capacities in Guatemala

Project Partners:

The University of Liverpool, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), and INSIVUMEH.

This project:

  • was aimed at collecting real time data and combining it with baseline data for education, outreach, and increasing the chances of forecasting abilities for Santiaguito volcano
  • deployed software for routine analyses of volcano geophysical data, helped build a permanent network of seismic stations (4 were built instead of 2 as originally proposed) and trained the local scientists
  • used Nanometrics Trillium T120 Compact seismometer, acoustic infrasound and 3G mobile technology
  • built a real time data transmission from the field. Automatic data analyses and alarm software was installed at INSIVUMEH are now being managed by INSIVUMEH staff in collaboration with USGS and the PI, which will insure a robust and future proof platform for volcano monitoring.

Present Day- PhD students from University of Liverpool, interns at INSIVUMEH, and post-docs contributed to the success of this project by helping with the field work support and data processing. As a result of this GWB grant, the PI has also been invited to participate in a multi-year, multi-lateral, multi-faceted project that is being funded by USAID, EU and other international agencies, and collaborating universities in Guatemala for the next three years.

UNSDGs addressed

SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 17 (Partnership for Goals)