Translating research into operational procedures for reducing the risk from volcanic eruptions

Carmen Solana, Christopher R. J. Kilburn

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In this perspective piece, we reflect on scientific progress in volcanic risk reduction and its prospects for future development. In spite of recent advances, a dichotomy still exists between the products of academic research and the desire for practical applications. The main themes to emerge are (1) the need to find the most effective ways to explain the ever growing amount and complexity of volcanological data to non-specialist stakeholders, and (2) how to transfer to future generations of applied scientists the lessons from practical experience that are often missed by theoretical guidelines. Recommendations for sustaining progress in these fields include improving the accessibility of knowledge and data, embracing novel tools to communicate volcanic risk and uncertainty for decision making, and investing effort on transferring practical experience across generations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number56
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of Volcanology
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2022


  • Risk communication
  • Volcanic hazard
  • Emergency management
  • Decision making


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