International Training Program

This summer, the CSAV International Training program was attended by 11 scientists, our largest group ever. The U.S. Geological Survey and the United Nations provided generous funding, and the group was able to attend the Cities on Volcanoes 3 conference during the last week of the course.

This year's participants were exceptional. They were always enthusiastic and eager to learn, had lots of questions, and were fast hikers. They appreciated all aspects of the course and worked together well. Here is a list of the 2003 participants: John Sanchez, Colombia; Raul Mora, Costa Rica; Antonio Alvarez, Nicaragua; Jersy Marino, Peru; Fabian Sepulveda, Chile; Maricel Lendio, Philippines; John Nohou, Papua New Guinea; Lukaya N'yombo and Kasereka Mahinda, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Agus Solihin and Deddy Sudahi, Indonesia.

We received many positive comments from the group: "I have participated in other international training courses, this has been the best. I wish it was longer!" "Very good! So interesting, informative, and one of my best memories."

photo of Chris and groupChris Newhall and eight of the 2003 International participants.

photo of lava flow Lava flows were very accessible throughout the summer.

photo of Lukaya
Lukaya from DRC practices setting glass for an EDM measurement.

photo of scientists with telemetryJohn Nohou from Papua New Guinea and Agus Solihin from Indonesia raise the antenna tower for seismic telemetry.

photo of MaricelMaricel Lendio from the Philippines does a radio check during a survey.

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Cities on Volcanoes 3

This conference was held July 13 - 18 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Over 350 participants from 30 countries registered.

The conference served as an international forum for specialists in every area concerned with natural hazards to discuss the impacts of volcanic activity on society. It brought together workers who share common interests (science, hazards management, social services) but who historically have had limited interactions with each other. As a result, collaborations were established for work in emergency management, urban and rural planning, education, volcanology, sociology, and psychology.

photo of conferenceThe Cities on Volcanoes 3 conference was held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

photo of AndyAndy Harris from UH Manoa answers questions about his poster.


photo of TillingBob Tilling makes his presentation on the USGS Hazards Warning System.

photo of scientists talkingScientists discussed the conference during the coffee breaks.

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Field Camp

For 2003, we instituted a new arrangement whereby two qualifying UH-Hilo students per year would be allowed to attend the course at half price, in exchange for assisting with the course logistics (driving the CSAV vans, picking up students at the airport, etc.) Because the lava flows were so accessible, the students enjoyed multiple trips to the flow field and were able to see molten lava on several different occasions.

"Amazing-one of the best experiences of my life!"
"I completely loved it. I had a wonderful and memorable time."

photo of student with GPSAdam O'Connor sets up a GPS kinematic survey.

photo of student with tiltTheresa Kayzar views the water-tube tiltmeter at HVO.

Internship Program with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

For the summer of 2003, CSAV ran a pilot version of a proposed student internship program. Details of the program are still being worked out, but in general, the arrangement would allow qualified UH-Hilo Geology majors the opportunity to work at HVO on research projects.

photo ofDaisy Wheeler adjusts a tribrach outside HVO.

Daisy Wheeler was our first successful applicant, and she enjoyed a full summer working primarily on Mauna Loa projects. Jobs included mapping explosive debris fans on the summit of Mauna Loa, surveying Hualalai with EDM and GPS, and producing maps using GIS.