A European volcanological supersite in Iceland: a monitoring system and network for the future (FUTUREVOLC)
Research Project, 2012 – 2016

The main objectives of FUTUREVOLC are to establish an integrated volcanological monitoring procedure through European collaboration, develop new methods to evaluate volcanic crises, increase scientific understanding of magmatic processes and improve delivery of relevant information to civil protection and authorities. To reach these objectives the project combines broad European expertise in seismology, volcano deformation, volcanic gas and geochemistry, infrasound, eruption monitoring, physical volcanology, satellite studies of plumes, meteorology, ash dispersal forecasting, and civil defence. This European sortium leads the way for multi-national volcanological collaboration with the aim of mitigating the effects of major eruptions that pose cross-border hazards. Iceland is selected as a laboratory supersite area for demonstration because of (i) the relatively high rate of large eruptions with potential for long ranging effects, and (ii) Icelands capability to produce the near full spectrum of volcano processes at its many different volcano types. Based on present monitoring networks and ongoing research, the project will bridge gaps and combine efforts for a coherent close-to-real-time evaluation of the state of Icelandic volcanoes and their unrest. The project will provide timely information on magma movements from combined interpretation of earthquake sources relocated in three-dimensional velocity models, magma sources inferred from ground and space geodetic data, and measurements of volcanic volatiles. For better response during eruptions, the project will develop operational models of magma discharge rate, tributing directly to improved forecasts of ash dispersion. They will help to minimise eomic disruption on a European scale during eruptions. By integrating a Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and a civil protection unit into the project, European citizens will benefit directly from the scientific work of FUTUREVOLC.


Bo Galle (contact)

Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing, Optical Remote Sensing


Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand II

Clermont-Ferrand, France

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Köln, Germany

Guralp Systems

Aldermaston Reading, United Kingdom


Berlin, Germany


L'aquila, Italy


Firenze, Italy

Met Office

Exeter, United Kingdom

Ministry of the Interior

Reykjavik, Iceland


Reykjavik, Iceland

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Swindon Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Nicarnica Aviation

Kjeller, Norway

Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

Kjeller, Norway


Reykjavik, Iceland

University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

University of Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

University of Florence

Florence, Italy

University of Geneva

Geneve, Switzerland

University of Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

University of L'Aquila

L'aquila, Italy

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

University of Palermo

Palermo, Italy

University of Würzburg

Wuerzburg, Germany

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden

Vedurstofa Islands

Reykjavik, Iceland


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/308377
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2016

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Basic sciences


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