The most challenging task during volcanic crisis is to interpret the monitoring data, to better anticipate the evolution of the unrest that allow implementation of timely mitigation actions. The volcanologist needs to make an informed decision on what is likely to happen next. In addition to real time monitoring data, the volcanologist needs to rely on historical unrest and past eruption episodes at the same volcano. Such analysis requires a standardized and organized database of past events. However, many volcanoes have limited instrumental records of past eruptions (or none!) and thus an assessment needs to be made by comparing its activity to analogue volcanoes that may have more complete records. This requires the existence of global database, such as WOVOdat.
WOVOdat is intended to provide reference data useful during volcanic crises, for comparative studies, and basic research on pre-eruption processes.
Activities during the workshop would be: exchanging experiences between observatory staffs/participants on handling volcano monitoring data, strategize and improve on monitoring data management and past unrest data analysis to better anticipate future unrest/eruption, and hands on experiences in using WOVOdat online interface.