GMES support for volcanic emergency response Published on: 19/04/2010
In response to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, through its atmosphere and emergency response service projects, brings vital scientific information in support of EU member state authorities and the international Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres, enhancing coordination of the global response to the volcanic eruption.
On Friday (16 April) the GMES atmosphere project MACC published illustrative volcanic plume simulations, based on its advanced data assimilation system for atmospheric composition. These animations will be updated frequently to reflect the current situation.
See the MACC animation at MACC website
In parallel, the GMES emergency response project SAFER published a preliminary estimation of the volcanic ash mass emitted from Eyjafjallajökull, forecasting maps of ash concentration, and a comprehensive animation showing the movement of the ash plume from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland.
In the case of the current Icelandic volcanic eruption, the direct responsibility for advice for aviation lies with member state national meteorological services and aviation authorities, in close coordination with the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.
Providing state-of-the-art scientific support of such decision making, GMES seeks to enhance the capability of EU member states to respond effectively to critical environmental challenges, such as the current Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption.