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UK university collaborates with Caribbean institutes on volcano readiness

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has launched a £3 million project aimed at better preparing for volcanic activity from six volcanoes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The five-year project brings together volcanologists, social scientists, international development experts, disaster managers and policymakers.

According to project leader Jenni Barclay, the aim of the project is to integrate the experience of the communities at risk with the approaches of natural and social scientists to find new approaches to reducing risk.

Soufrière Hills in Montserrat, Galeras in Columbia, Tungurahua in Ecuador, Soufrière Saint Vincent in Saint Vincent, Cerro Machin in Colombia and Cotopaxi in Ecuador will be studied.

Experts from UEA, the University of Oxford, Bristol University, the University of Leeds, the British Geological Survey and the Overseas Development Institute, along with overseas project partners are involved in the project.

Funding for the project has come from the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.