Society and Volcanoes


  • Graham Leonard, GNS Science/Massey University


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David Johnston
"Significant portions of the world's population are at risk from the impacts of volcanic activity. While the timing of eruptions may be unknown or uncertain, their impacts and long term effects can be assessed. Recent eruptions, such as Chaiten Volcano, Chile, and Mt. Merapi, Indonesia, have demonstrated the devastating impacts of volcanic activity on nearby landscapes and communities. The 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions, although small by world standards, highlighted the vulnerability of the modern day global society to minor eruptions. Over the last few decades it has been recognized that integrated multi-disciplinary research is needed to provide an understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors that influence the development of strong communities, resilient to the impacts of volcano hazards and able to respond effectively when events occur. This journal aims to provide a forum for such research."

David Johnston
Founding Editor

GNS Science/Massey University

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Aims & scope


Journal of Applied Volcanology is an international journal with a focus on applied research relating to volcanism and particularly its societal impacts. Characterising volcanic risk relies on not only quantifying physical threat but also understanding social and physical vulnerability and resilience. The broad aim of volcanologists in this domain is to increase public resilience to volcanic risk via research that reduces human fatalities, and volcanic impacts on livelihoods, infrastructure, and the economy. Journal of Applied Volcanology fills an important gap for scientists who want to publish research that addresses this aim and wish to reach a broad audience.

The journal has a holistic view of the relationship between volcanoes and society, and therefore welcomes mono- and multi- disciplinary articles from all scientific areas that deal with impacts related to volcanism. Research topics covered by the journal include: understanding the impacts of eruptions on communities, new methods for risk analysis; improving risk management; enhancing community mitigation, preparedness, response to and recovery from volcanic hazard events; health issues related to volcanism; social adaptation to volcanic hazards; policy and institutional aspects of disaster risk management; applications of physical volcanology. The journal aims for rapid publication of high-impact research and review papers.

Open thematic series

18 Years of Risk and Resilience: a 'Forensic' Analysis of Soufriere Hills Volcano and its Impacts

These papers outline new analyses of the interactions between social and physical systems during a long-lived volcanic crisis (Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat). We use a 'forensic' approach where evidence is gathered across the physical, social, political and cultural changes that occurred in response to the perturbations initiated by the volcanic crisis. This was done as part of the UK ERSC and NERC funded STREVA project.

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ISSN: 2191-5040