The 2023 International Course: Well worth the wait!
Participants in 2023 come from Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Philippines.
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International Training Program: Hawaiʻi Section
Heather Wright of VDAP (left) takes notes while Meghann Decker of CSAV observes the now-empty 2018 lava channel.
Olivier Munyamahoro of DRC uses a Laser Rangefinder to measure the 2018 lava flow channel, as Wahyu Kusuma and Gede Bagiarta (CVGHM) observe.
Joanne Schmith, CSAV post-doc researcher, helps Nelida Manrique (Peru) and Dave Rivera (Philippines) examine a basalt sample with olivine crystals.
Participants and instructors line up to demonstrate the width of the 2018 lava flow channel in Puna.
The International scientists take a break from class work to learn water sports; here, Juan Idarraga balances on a surfboard.
Nelida tried out a Stand Up Paddleboard at Reed's Bay.
Rodolfo Castro from El Salvador immediately took to kayaking.
Tricia Nadeau, Mike Cappos, and Christine Sealing demonstrate gas geochemistry monitoring equipment in class.
Don Thomas, CSAV Director, lectures in the classroom about gas geochemistry.
The participants visited a field station that monitors SO2 gas coming from Kilauea's east rift zone.
The participants enjoyed learning dances from one another's countries.
After a weekend trip to Hapuna Beach in Kona, the participants watched the sunset from Mauna Kea.
Everyone was impressed with lava flow features in Kaumana Cave.
Javier Calderon (Peru) works with high-tech instruments for sieving at the USGS HVO.
Laura Barrantes and Juan Idarraga (Colombia) describe their favorite dishes at International Dinner.
Julie Griswold of VDAP coaches Leo van der Laat (Costa Rica) on LaharZ.
The participants had a specatular view of Halemaumau lava lake from the Volcano House.
Logan Fusso (CSAV)explained deformation monitoring equipment to the participants.
For the Physical Volcanology section, the participants learned about different kinds of lava rocks.
Each participant gives a report about their home country's observatory; here, Nelida shares a PPT.
Participants (Andrea Aguilar, Chile, pictured) were interviewed, about a volcano back home, as practice for a real interview on a news channel.
Mount St. Helens and the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Section
The participants spent five days camping and hiking at Mount St. Helens.
Mount St. Helens reflects the early light of dawn, as seen from the campsite.
Andrea Aguilar balances on a rock in front of Spirit Lake and the Pumice Plain.
The participants made stratigraphic sections of the 1980 eruption deposit from Mount St. Helens.
Hiking into the summit crater of Mount St. Helens, everyone took notes and made a rough geologic map.
The glacier inside the crater of Mount St. Helens is growing.
Wahyu Kusuma (Indonesia) poses in front of Mount Hood in the distance.
The scientists learned about lahar deposits from Mount Hood.
There's always time for a snowall fight, when you visit Mount Hood.
Allan Lerner (VDAP) teaches the participants how to connect wires to a solar panel.
Lois Jumawan (Philippines) looks through a microscope at USGS CVO.
At CVO, the group learns about communication and public outreach.
At the end of the training course, each participant received a Certificate.