Partners of the EVOSS, project managed by the REA, held yesterday a final meeting in the REA premises in Brussels. EVOSS has successfully developed the Virtual Volcano Observatory, which collects satellite data in order to prevent fatal consequences of volcanic eruptions.
During the meeting, the researchers involved in the project demonstrated the EVOSS technology and highlighted its advantages. "Currently, only 5% of volcanos worldwide have observatories. Thanks to the use of a satellite, we can now deliver real time activity data on all volcanos, even those which have not been regularly monitored before," commented Fabrizio Ferrucci, project's coordinator from The Institute of Earth Physics of Paris, project's coordinator.
This project is considered as one of the major success stories of the European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus (previously known as GMES). Thanks to the technology developed, volcanic eruptions such as those at Etna (Sicily), Stromboli (Italy), or Nyiamuragira (Congo) may be now predicted with a greater precision.
"Thanks to EVOSS I have a better idea on how satellite can be helpful to support volcano monitoring, especially in less civilised zones. In Goma (Congo) the only reliable system to keep the volcano eruption under strict monitoring is EVOSS," said Dario Tedesco from the United Nations, one of the test users of the new technology.