Dear IVM-Fund donor,
I’m writing to give you a brief update on the International Volcano Monitoring Fund, share our accomplishments in 2013, and share what we’re planning for 2014. Please see our 2013 annual report (attached) for more details.
In short, in 2013, we successfully delivered on our second project in Guatemala. Thanks to your donations, we outfitted our colleagues at the Fuego Volcano Observatory with all the volcano monitoring and field equipment that they requested to support their volcano surveillance efforts. While in Guatemala, we also took the opportunity to evaluate our first volcano monitoring support program at the Santiaguito Volcano Observatory. That program is also a success, so much so that after returning home, we delivered additional equipment to them to support their ongoing monitoring efforts.
Fuego and Santiaguito are two of the three most active and dangerous volcanoes in Guatemala. Volcanic activity at both volcanoes continues to this day. We have observed that the volcano monitoring tools we are placing into the hands of the local volcano observers is helping to build in-country technical capacity when it comes to monitoring the activity of their volcanoes.
For 2014, we must focus on fundraising to support additional IVM-Fund work in Guatemala. We hope to participate in a collaborative effort to help establish a new volcano observatory at the third most active volcano in Guatemala: Pacaya.
Thank you again for your support.
IVM-Fund 2013 Annual Report
We have new IVM-Fund T-shirts available!
They’re only $20 each and all proceeds go towards our second volcano monitoring project in Guatemala supporting the communities around Guatemala’s two other active volcanoes: Fuego and Pacaya.
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On the weekend of July 25 – 27, 2009, Jeff Witter and Ryan Wilson, made a trip to the Dorr fumarole field, high on the NE flank of Mt. Baker volcano, located in northern Washington State (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Mt. Baker is located in northern Washington State.
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Dr. Nick Varley received his Ph.D. from Kingston University in the U.K. For two years, he studied diffuse degassing at Popocatépetl volcano as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geophysics (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 2000, Dr. Varley became professor of volcanology at the University of Colima in western Mexico where he currently teaches. He is responsible for geochemical monitoring of Colima volcano and is also a member of Colima’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
In 2004, Dr. Varley created the Centre for Exchange and Research in Volcanology at the University of Colima. Two of the goals of this organization are to carry out research projects to improve the understanding of volcanic systems and improve the quality of monitoring of Volcán de Colima by implementing new monitoring techniques.
The International Volcano Monitoring Fund seeks to provide support to Dr. Varley in order for him to continue his important volcano monitoring work at Volcán de Colima.