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Title: WOVOdat – the global volcano unrest database aimed at improving eruption forecasts
Authors: Costa, Fidel
Widiwijayanti, Christina
Nang, Thin Zar Win
Fajiculay, Erickson
Espinosa-Ortega, Tania
Newhall, Christopher
Keywords: Science::Geology::Volcanoes and earthquakes
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Costa, F., Widiwijayanti, C., Nang, T. Z. W., Fajiculay, E., Espinosa-Ortega, T., & Newhall, C. (2019). WOVOdat – the global volcano unrest database aimed at improving eruption forecasts. Disaster Prevention and Management, 28(6), 738-751. doi:10.1108/DPM-09-2019-0301
Journal: Disaster Prevention and Management
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of a comprehensive global database on volcanic unrest (WOVOdat) as a resource to improve eruption forecasts, hazard evaluation and mitigation actions. Design/methodology/approach: WOVOdat is a centralized database that hosts multi-parameter monitoring data sets from unrest and eruption episodes of volcanoes worldwide. Its online interface ( allows interactive data analysis and comparison between volcanoes and eruption styles, which is needed during volcanic crises, as well as to perform basic research on pre-eruption processes, teaching and outreach. Findings: WOVOdat aims to standardize and organize the myriad of monitoring data types at the global scale. Users can compare changes during a crisis to past unrest episodes, and estimate probabilities of outcomes using evidence-based statistics. WOVOdat will be to volcanology as an epidemiological database is to medicine. Research limitations/implications: The success of eruption forecast relies on data completeness, and thus requires the willingness of observatories, governments and researchers to share data across the volcano community. Practical implications: WOVOdat is a unique resource that can be studied to understand the causes of volcanic unrest and to improve eruption forecasting. Originality/value: WOVOdat is the only compilation of standardized and multi-parameter volcano unrest data from around the world, and it is freely and easily accessible through an online interface.
ISSN: 0965-3562
DOI: 10.1108/DPM-09-2019-0301
Rights: © 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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