"CUSVO - the Consortium of U.S. Volcano Observatories - is a scientific working group established in 2002 to strengthen interaction and communication among federal, state, and academic representatives of the 5 U.S. volcano observatories: the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO), Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the Long Valley Observatory, and the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO). The purpose of the Consortium is to enhance scientific and technical coordination on operational and research matters that are of broad, mutual concern among the observatories."
From: NVEWS - a National Volcano Early Warning System
NVEWS AND AVIATION HAZARDS
Volcanic-ash hazards to aviation are a significant factor addressed in the proposed National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS). Installation of monitoring networks on unmonitored and under-monitored active volcanoes that are potential threats to U.S. (both commercial and military) and international air traffic is a primary goal of NVEWS. On March 16th, 2006, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction held a hearing on Volcanic Ash and Aviation Safety. The hearing contains testimony from CUSVO representatives Dr. John Eichleberger (University of Alaska Fairbanks, Coordinating Scientist for the Alaska Volcano Observatory) and Dr. James Quick (USGS Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator on the nature of the problem, and testimony from Capt. Terry McVenes of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on the commercial airline pilot's perspective of the issue. Subcommittee members Ben Nelson (D. Nebraska) and Ted Stevens (R. Alaska) also submitted statements in recognition of this national and international hazard.
Volcanic Hazards Hearing Transcript (122.2 KB)
Summary of the Stakeholders Workshop to Develop a National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS)
"The NVEWS report identified the need to convene a workshop of a broad group of stakeholders - such as representatives of emergency- and land-management agencies at the Federal, State, and local levels and the aviation sector - to solicit input about implementation of NVEWS and their specific information requirements. Accordingly, an NVEWS Stakeholders Workshop was held in Portland, Oregon, on 22-23 February 2006. A summary of the workshop is presented in this document."
The National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS) Fact Sheet Partners:
Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys
UAF Geophysical Institute
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
University of Utah Seismograph Networks
Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network
Yellowstone National Park