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Xu Jiandong attended the 2015 Conference of Asian Consortium of Volcanology

2015/12/29 10:31:37

Asian Consortium of Volcanology is a subordinate body of Volcanological Society of Japan, consists of core members from 8 countries and regions including China and aims to strengthen volcanological academic exchange and cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region, develop strategies for jointly coping with volcano hazards and carry out international training of young volcanological scholars. At the invitation of Masato Iguchi, the President of Volcanological Society of Japan, Researcher Xu Jiandong of our institute went to Kyoto, Japan in February 2015 and attended the 2015 Core Member Meeting of Asian Consortium of Volcanology. The meeting lasted one day.

24 representatives from Indonesia (3), the Philippines (2), USGS (3), Singapore (2), South Korea (2), Chinese Taiwan (1), China (1) and Japan (12) attended the meeting. During the meeting, Researcher Xu Jiandong on behalf of China reported the overall situation of China on the monitoring of active volcanoes. The representatives of other countries and regions also reporetd volcano monitoring progress of their own countries and regions. Eisuke Fujita from Volcanological Society of Japan made the 2014 work report of Asian Consortium of Volcanology and put forth the 2015 annual work plan for discussion. In the end, the meeting determined that the 2015 international training course of volcano monitoring will be held in Tambora, Indonesia in the second half of the year. The main training topics include: 1) volcano monitoring technology (geophysics, geochemistry and geology); 2) sampling of geological data; 3) processing of monitoring data (earthquake detection, GPS and fluid); 4) numerical simulation technology; 5) management and processing of monitoring database; and 6) volcano crisis management.

Through attending this meeting and extensive academic exchange with international peers, Dr. Xu introduced the current status of China on monitoring of active volcanoes to international peers, raised international influence of China in the field of active volcano monitoring and meanwhile learnt new technologies and new approaches from international peers. Although he found some shortfalls of China in volcano monitoring, he is confident that China will raise the level of volcanological research and active volcano monitoring technology, incorporate Chinese monitoring of active volcanoes into international stage and boost the international influence of China in active volcanology.