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The role of multidisciplinary research and collaboration for improving the resilience of communities to volcanic risk

Professor David Johnston

Author Affiliations

Joint Centre for Disaster Research, GNS Science/Massey University, PO Box 30368, Lower Hutt, 5040, New Zealand

Journal of Applied Volcanology 2012, 1:1  doi:10.1186/2191-5040-1-1

Published: 25 January 2012

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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 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. Volcanic crises must be planned for using a comprehensive risk management approach that links mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities. 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 that are resilient to the impacts of volcano hazards and able to respond effectively when events occur.