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PD1 Protected Volcanic Areas and Volcanological Heritage (IAVCEI, UNESCO, IUGS)

Monday, June 29, 18:00-19:30, Terrace I

Moderators: Joan Marti (Barcelona, Spain), Karoly Nemeth (Palmerston North, New Zealand)


Spectacular volcanic landscapes and regions are becoming increasingly recognised as critical areas to protect and conserve for the unique geoscientific aspects they represent and as places to enjoy and learn about the science and history of our planet. There is an increasing national and international interest related to “Geoheritage”, "Geoconservation", "Geoparks" and "Geotourism" becoming this a general perception of modern Earth sciences and volcanology in particular. Most notably, "Geoparks", in particular those with active volcanoes, attract an increasing number of visitors everyday and have proven to be excellent tools to educate the public about "Earth Sciences", and the time that most of them have demonstrated to be areas for recreation and significant sustainable economic development through geotourism. However, due to the increasing interest on these geological sites, they also demand increasing scientific knowledge to guaranty the best dissemination of their values but also the security of their visitors by conducting accurate hazard assessment. In order to develop further the understanding of volcanism and Earth Sciences in general and to elucidate the importance of volcanology for Society we propose this Panel Discussion and Outreach on Protected Volcanic Areas and Volcanological Heritage, aimed at encouraging an exchange of information and experiences between organisms and people managing and/or working in protected volcanic landscapes, explaining the importance of knowledge for raising awareness of volcanic landscapes at a territorial scale, and sharing knowledge and raising awareness regarding experiences in management, education and geotourism in protected volcanic landscapes.

The panel discussion will develop four main themes:

  • management of protected volcanic areas
  • scientific values of, and research in, protected volcanic areas
  • communicating heritage values through education and interpretation
  • geotourism as a factor of economic and community sustainable development in protected volcanic areas

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PD3 Science in Support of Climate Services (IUGG, WMO)

Wednesday, June 24, 18:00-19:30, Terrace I

Moderators: Tom Beer (Aspendale, Australia), Arthur Askew (Geneva, Switzerland)
Participants: Filipe Lucio (Geneva, Switzerland), Roger Pulwarty (Boulder, USA), Guy Brasseur (Hamburg, Germany), Harald Kunstmann (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), Cunde Xiao (Lanzhou, China), Eugene Morozov (Moscow, Russia)


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recently launched a new initiative entitled the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). 

The aim of the Framework is to guide the development and application of science-based climate information and services in support of decision-making so as to enable society to better manage the risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change, especially for those who are most vulnerable to such risks.

The challenge for the scientific community is that, while studies of climate change and its impact are widespread, far less attention is given to the science needed to support the development and provision of climate services.  The purpose of the panel discussion will be for the scientific community to discuss this challenge and seek ways in which IUGG and its member Associations can best respond to it and thereby contribute to the GFCS and related activities.

Open to all participants.

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