VDAP Capacity Building
When not responding directly to volcanic activity, VDAP provides assistance building capabilities that enable other countries to manage their own crises. VDAP provides training, infrastructure development, education about hazards, monitoring, and crisis response in high-risk countries. This assistance helps host countries build volcano-monitoring networks, assess hazards, educate public officials, and prepare for future volcanic crises.
Onsite training is an important part of VDAP capacity building around the world. For example, VDAP has been helping set up a volcano observatory in North Sulawesi, Indonesia since 2004. Beginning in 2007 and continuing through 2010, various VDAP members went to this observatory to provide on sight training in seismic monitoring and the use of volcanic seismicity patterns in eruption forecasting. In February and March 2008, VDAP conducted training about volcanic gas emissions. In March 2009, the training included the installation and processing of continuous and campaign GPS data. In 2009 and 2010 VDAP conducted training at CVGHM headquarters in Bandung and with university partners at the Earth Observatory of Singapore in 2010.
An Example of a VDAP Partnership for Building Capacity
Indonesia is the worlds most volcanically active nation, with numerous eruptions each year, and several million people living directly on the flanks of the volcanoes. Currently, VDAPs largest capacity-building project is conducted in partnership with the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geologic Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM). CVGHM is one of the worlds most mature volcano hazards agencies, with more than 70 volcano observatories and a 100-year-long history of monitoring volcanoes and mitigating volcanic risk. Since 2004, CVGHM and VDAP have been working together to build a regional volcano observatory at Kakaskasen in North Sulawesi