IAVCEI Research Projects

The IAVCEI Executive Committee informs all IAVCEI members of the Call for Applications for 2 to 4 IAVCEI Research Projects. The Application Form is available in the Member Zone of the IAVCEI web site "Forms and Reports", and the deadline for receipt of applications is 1 October 2009. All applications must be submitted by email to joan.marti@ija.csic.es. Only the electronic application format is acceptable and applications received in other formats will not be considered. Please note that only applications led by IAVCEI members will be accepted.

The total funding available is 40,000 euros.

Projects will have a maximum duration of 2 years. Proposals should target themes in the IAVCEI main objectives. In particular, we encourage applications for collaborative work between IAVCEI members from different World regions with focusing on its priority areas (see Statutes ). IAVCEI financial support to the Research Projects should be understood as a partial economic contribution to the whole project, so that additional financial support is particularly encouraged. The roles of Supporting Applicants and any other partners in preparing and carrying out the proposed work must be made clear in the application. A Work Plan of the project, including detailed estimates on the planned use of the IAVCEI grant, must accompany the application form. Applicants are also advised to check that they have met all of the specified requirements prior to formal submission.

The IAVCEI Research Projects are strictly reserved for IAVCEI Members and we request that you do not pass the information and the application form on to individuals or institutions outside the IAVCEI family.



"Weaknesses and strengths in Latin America facing volcanic crises: A research for the improvement of national capabilities and international cooperation"


"Ice-filled calderas in the 21st Century: consequences of volcanic unrest and environmental change"


Weaknesses and strengths in Latin America facing volcanic crises: A research for the improvement of national capabilities and international cooperation


Lead Applicant :

Hugo Delgado (hugo@geofisica.unam.mx) - Dpto. de Vulcanologia, Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)


Supporting Applicants:

Guillermo Alvarado Induni (GAlvaradoI@ice.go.cr) - ICE.UCR COSTA RICA

Hugo Yepes ( hyepes@igepn.edu.ec ) - INSTITUTO DE GEOFISICA- ECUADOR

Jersy Mariño ( jmarino@ingemmet.gob.pe ) - INGEMET- PERU

Felipe Aguilera ( felipe.aguilera@uda.cl ) - UNIVERSIDAD DE ATACAMA CHILE

José Viramonte ( viramont@unsa.edu.ar ) - UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE SALTA ARGENTINA


How will support benefit IAVCEI's strategic goals as outlined in its Statutes ( www.iavcei.org ):

This proposal will make a diagnosis on the state of institutional capabilities at Latin American countries. It is expected to obtain a realistic view on the existence of qualified human resources, instrumental and laboratory capabilities, volcano-surveillance networks, appropriate protocols, agreements and institutional cooperation, among others, in the Latin American region to face volcanic crises. This diagnosis should enhance regional-international cooperation that will help to minimize the effects of volcanic eruptions. This proposal should result in the identification of the means to tackle the weaknesses in volcanological research in order to find the ways for the improvement of studies that will help to mitigate the impact of eruptions in the Latin American countries. These actions are in accordance to objectives b) and d) of IAVCEI.



Main: Identify weaknesses and strengths in the Latin American regions when facing volcanic crises in order to find the best way to improve national capabilities in the countries of the region and enhance international cooperation.

Subordinate: 1) Carry out a detailed survey on the existence of qualified human resources in the Latin American region; 2) Survey on the existence of volcano-surveillance networks and their current state (instrumental gaps, weaknesses, team and institutional fortitudes, etc.); 3)   Search for the existence of qualified laboratories for the analyses of volcanic products (lavas, ashes, aerosols), geochemical (of volcanic rock and fluid samples) and geophysical analyses, instrumental capabilities, availability of satellite imagery (type, frequency, etc.) and infrastructure to process it. 4) Look and review existence of approved specific protocols for facing volcanic crises; 5) Review inter-institutional coordinating agreements, regional and international. Evaluation of their performance; 6) Look for the existence of volcanic hazards maps (thematic, scale, etc.) for the attention, follow up, mitigation and decision making during volcanic crises at every region of Latin America (Mexico-Central America; Colombia-Ecuador-Peru-Chile-Argentina) under potential eruptive hazards and risks; 7)   Develop a tool for the improvement and optimize the attention of volcanic crises at every country of the Latin American region and improve international cooperation.

Ice-filled calderas in the 21st Century: consequences of volcanic unrest and environmental change


Lead Applicant :

Prof. David Pyle (david.pyle@earth.ox.ac.uk) - Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK


Supporting Applicants:

Dr Jennie Gilbert (J.S.Gilbert@lancaster.ac.uk) - Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK

Dr Luis Lara (lelara@sernageomin.cl) - Head, Volcanic Hazards Program, SERNAGEOMIN, Chile.

Dr Andres Rivera (arivera@cecs.cl)- Centro de Estudios Cientificos, Valdivia, Chile.

Dr Jorge Clavero Ribes (jclavero@energiandina.cl) -Energia Andina, Chile.


How will support benefit IAVCEI's strategic goals as outlined in its Statutes ( www.iavcei.org ):

This project:

* Will advance the study of volcanic processes, in particular the processes acting during eruptions at ice-filled calderas;

*Will extend international cooperation between UK and Chilean scientists;

*Will support two international scientific discussion meetings, stimulate the publication of scientific research papers on volcanology, and contribute to the training of young scientists;

*Will advance the awareness of hazard and risk at glaciated volcanoes, and advance understanding of the implications of changing climate for hazards at ice-filled caldera volcanoes.



1. The primary objective is to advance understanding of the coupled glacio-volcanic evolution of high latitude calderas, and improve understanding of the hazards associated with rejuvenation of magmatic activity and changing climate at ice-filled calderas. This will be achieved by bringing together UK volcanologists and Chilean volcanologists and glaciologists, to focus on a case study of a young ice-filled caldera volcano in southern Chile. Outcomes from this field study will include geological and hazards maps of volcán Sollipulli, and mapping of the morphology of the ice-filled caldera.
Further objectives are:
2. To review current understanding of glacio‐volcanism in southern Chile, including compiling a dataset of the timing of caldera formation in the Andes.
3. To assess the potential of ice cores from ice‐filled calderas as archives of Holocene climate and volcanism.
4. To stimulate further international cooperation and research activities in the field of glacio-volcanism through the support for an international meeting, publication of a Geological Society of London/IAVCEI Special Publication, and through the development of joint research-grant proposals.
Beneficiaries include participating scientists (broadening understanding through knowledge and skills transfer); young researchers (training and networking opportunities); and Chilean, UK and international agencies, through an enhanced understanding of hazards at ice-filled calderas, and of how hazards and impacts might change over the 21st Century.