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- Dates for the International Course in 2024
- International Volcano Observatory Staff were hard at work even during the pandemic: Some remotely, others in shifts
- Details of the International Training Course
- Course focus and objectives
- Hawaiʻi Section: Six Weeks
- CVO Section: Two weeks
- Who may apply
- The 2023 Summer Training Course was a huge success!
- Galleries of Recent Participants
Dates for the International Course in 2024
New dates for 2024: Saturday June 1 through Saturday July 27.
We are very excited to be holding the International course again, now that the pandemic is finally over. Stay healthy!
New! Just published, and you can read the article for free. Assessing Human Resources Development in Volcano Observatories Using the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Survey A study by Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Florida International University, interviewing scientists in countries around the world, to find out the impact of the CSAV International course.
International Volcano Observatory Staff were hard at work even during the pandemic: Some remotely, others in shifts
Details of the International Training Course
The cost for this 8-week course is USD $5,000 (this cost includes housing). Participants need to provide their own airfare and food, in addition to the course fees.
To Apply: Download an Application Form; forms are due in the CSAV office on or before January 1.
Hawaiian volcanoes are among the most active in the world, but unlike violently explosive volcanoes they can be approached and studied without significant risk. As a result, the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes provides the ideal environment for practicing volcano monitoring techniques.
Visit the Smug Mug International site to see photos!
The International Training Program is designed to assist developing nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes. The field training emphasizes volcano monitoring methods, both data collection and interpretation, in use by the U.S. Geological Survey; participants are taught the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments. Besides learning to assess volcanic hazards, participants learn the interrelationship of scientists, governing officials, and the news media during volcanic crises. A gallery of former participants showcases the 276 scientists and technicians, from 30 countries, who have attended since 1990.
Course focus and objectives
The course is an introduction to a variety of volcano monitoring techniques, rather than detailed training with just one; hence, seismologists who attend will learn about deformation, gas geochemistry, and physical volcanology as well as geophysics. The course is not geared towards academics, but rather, addresses working in a crisis response mode, focusing on forecasting and rapid response to save lives and property.
Hawaiʻi Section: Six Weeks
The Hawaiʻi Section is held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and covers physical geology, webcams, gas geochemistry, rock identification and mapping, Lahars, photogrammetry, seismology, remote sensing, deformation, and dealing with the press. Field work sites are Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.
View typical apartment housing where International scientists stay during the Hawaii section of the course.
CVO Section: Two weeks
The CVO section is held in Vancouver, Washington and includes work at Cascades Volcano Observatory as well as field work at Mount St. Helens. Topics covered are stratigraphic sections, mapping, engineering public outreach, event trees, and the relationship of scientists to media and Civil Defense.
Who may apply
Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in developing countries.
Application deadline: Applications for each summer's course must be received in the CSAV office by January 1 of the year applied for. Download the pdf version of the International Application Form.
If you are interested in learning about volcanology, but are NOT a scientist or civil worker in a developing country with active volcanoes, you may be interested in attending some of the exciting courses offered by the Geology Department of UH Hilo, including Geology of the Hawaiian Islands (Geology Department!) and Volcanology ( ). Read more about the
Written requests may be mailed to:Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 West Kāwili Street
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720-4091
Tel: (808) 932-7555
Fax: (808) 932-7547
The 2023 Summer Training Course was a huge success!
We had 12 participants attend, and all of them were very grateful for the opportunity. Most of them had been waiting since 2020; the course could not be held during the pandemic.
Galleries of Recent Participants
- 2023 Gallery
- 2019 Gallery
- 2018 Gallery
- 2017 Gallery
- 2016 Gallery
- 2015 Gallery
- 2014 Gallery
- 2013 Gallery
- 2012 Gallery
- 2011 Gallery
- 2010 Gallery
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- 1990 Gallery