CSAV 2002 international program a success

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Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Contact: Darcy Bevens, (808) 974-7631

For Immediate Release

Seated, Armando Saballos (Nicaragua) Middle row (L - R): Orlando Macedo (Peru), Wafula Mifundu Dieudonne (Goma), Francine Coloma (CSAV), Rodolfo Van der Laat (Costa Rica), Kavotha Kalendi (Goma) Back row: Daisy Wheeler (CSAV student helper), Dave Phillips (Instructor - and 1996 graduate of UH Hilo Geology Program)

Scientists representing Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, and the Congo arecurrently taking part in the 12th summer International Training Course in Volcano Hazards Monitoring, run by the University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV).

These scientists, whose specialties range from ground deformation monitoring to geophysics, spend six weeks at UH Hilo where they are taught the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments, and practice data collection and interpretation on Hawaiian volcanoes. Much of the course is taught in the field, and instructors include UH Manoa faculty as well as staff from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

This year, the participants are funded through the U.S. Geological Survey's Volcano Disaster Assistance Program and through the United Nations. The UN was particularly interested in bringing over two scientists from Goma Volcano Observatory in Africa (Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo), because of the recent activity of Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira Volcanoes which pose a threat to a large population.

For additional information, please call Darcy Bevens at (808) 974-7631.

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